PREMIERE: Prince Paul ft. YOUNGMAN “Girls Wanna Do Me, Guys Wanna Be My Friend”
Your first taste of ‘The Redux’
Prince Paul is one of those rare individuals in hip hop who’s been able to play the game by his own rules. Ever since his days with Stetsasonic, through the D.A.I.S.Y.-driven De La Soul era, the Horrocore mayhem of Gravediggaz, and throughout all his forward-thinking solo projects, the visionary Long Island DJ and producer has blazed his own trail, created on his own terms and generally made it clear that he truly didn’t mind what the music industry or anybody else thought about what he felt like doing.
But sometimes even Prince Paul reads the comments. Back in 2003, he released an album called Politics of the Business that went so far over people’s heads that he was—shall we say—bothered.
“You know, usually I don’t care what people say,” Paul explains. “And that’s basically how I’ve always done my work. That’s why I make things all quirky. I do two things to give myself freedom to create the way I want to create: One is I don’t live beyond my means so I won’t have to rap for food and be under the will of somebody else. Better do this! You’re not gonna get paid. I’m like, ‘Aw, I can’t eat, so I gotta make this mumble record so people will like me.’”
“That’s number one, and two is I kinda live in my own head and I don’t look at or care what people say. I just kinda walk my own walk. Hence Three Feet High and Rising and all the weird stuff that I’ve done.
“But I made the mistake of reading the comments about Politics of the Business. And I always felt a little insecure about that record, cause I made that record outta anger. You know, cause I was like, “Aw man… Tommy Boy doesn’t understand what I’m doing and da da da da. They slept on A Prince Among Thieves.” So I’ma make a fast food record, cause this is exactly what they want. I’ma make a fast-food record out of a joke. You know what I’m saying? Like a radio-friendly fast food record, but it’s all gonna be sarcastic. And it went over everybody’s head. And I read the comments, and they were like, “This record went double wood!” All these, ‘He’s this, he’s that.’”
“And I’m like, “Really? It’s a joke! You don’t get it?!” But even as a joke it’s still good. And so I live with it, live with it, live with it, live with it. And anytime I ever see anything posted about any records that I’ve done, that was always glossed over. Maybe a handful of people go ‘Yeah, that record was cool…’”
One day he resolved to “stop being insecure about this.” He set out to “redeem” the album, and the dazzling variety of guest artists—from RZA to De La Soul to DOOM to the Beatnuts to Def Squad and on and on till the breakadawn—who helped to make it. “I’m gonna re-do this,” he said, “and I’m just gonna give this out for free, and maybe it will shed light on the first album too.”
And so tomorrow Paul will give us all a second chance to rediscover the freshness of that project when MASS APPEAL proudly premieres The Redux, an up-to-date remake of Politics of the Business. This of it not as a remix but a rebirth. Because maybe–just maybe—14 years was enough time for us all to catch up with Paul’s brainwave.
Just to hold you down until tomorrow, he’s your first taste of The Redux, a hilarious brand new joint by UK MC YOUNGMAN entitled “Girls Wanna Do Me, Guys Wanna Be My Friend.” Take some time to soak up the game he’s putting down—“Yo son, it’s not all about pimps and chicken heads”—and check back tomorrow morning for The Redux experience.