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Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary Prince Paul to discuss Prince Paul's life, impact, and role in the world of Hip Hop. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

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Gravediggaz/RZA

Gravediggaz/RZA

2020-06-1901:07:161

Prince Paul opens up about his time with RZA and the Gravediggaz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Prince Paul tells the story of producing De La Soul's first album. Along the way we hear how the group was formed, the creative direction behind the album, and how they fit into the burgeoning hip-hop community around them. From the invention of the 'skit' to the first major sampling lawsuit, it's the story of an album that changed the business of rap music forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Prince Among Thieves

A Prince Among Thieves

2020-07-1501:03:46

In 1999 in the height of rap’s jiggy era Prince Paul made one of the most imaginative projects in music history. A Prince Among Thieves is a fully formed musical novel born from Paul’s creative vision and fueled by pain in his personal life. In this episode he walks us through the struggles of producing the album, the triumphs of completing it and how close he came to actually developing it into a full-length movie. Its the story of a naive and talented rapper named Tariq (played by Breezely Brewin) and it unfolds through rap songs featuring legends like Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and many more  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chris Rock and the Grammys

Chris Rock and the Grammys

2020-07-2201:14:05

As Chris Rock was skyrocketing to fame as a stand-up comic he worked with Prince Paul to release three comedy albums that were so innovative and impactful that each one of them won a Grammy award. Here Prince Paul tells the story of thinking he was being pranked when Chris reached out to him and walks us through the development of each of the albums, including the hit single ‘No Sex in the Champagne Room’.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this loosies episode Prince Paul tells the story of working with these three legendary hip-hop acts and gives us a look inside each of their creative processes. Along the way we discuss 3rd Bass’s beef with MC Hammer, a potential full length collab with DOOM and the story of what the beats from Paul Barman’s ‘It’s Very Stimulating’ were originally intended for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
De La Soul is Dead

De La Soul is Dead

2020-08-0501:10:35

In 1991 after the smash success of their debut album 3ft High and Rising, De La Soul and Prince Paul become household names and with that comes strangers harassing them with unwanted demo tapes, weird encounters at Burger King, and rumors being spread about the group. All of these problems are front and center on their second album, the brilliant De La Soul is Dead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paul began his journey in rap in 1977 as a DJ right when hip-hop was starting in New York. Shortly after that it turns into a career when he meets the rappers that would become the legendary group Stetsasonic. In this episode he tells the story of going from ‘sucker duck’ kid DJ to touring the world with Stetsasonic and the lessons that led him to strike out on his own with De La Soul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1998 Prince Paul linked up with Dan The Automator (Dr. Octagon, Detlron 3030) and formed Handsome Boy Modeling School based on an episode of Chris Eliot’s 90s sitcom ‘Get A Life’. They made two albums featuring everyone from DJ Shadow to Father Guido Sarducci. Paul walks us through these collaborations including amazing stories about linking up with Pharell Williams to record him in a very unlikely location and why El-P was confused by the final version of the song he recorded on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2003 after the mishandling of ‘A Prince Among Thieves’, Paul found himself in a dark space and made an album reflective of his negative feelings about the music industry. Devoid of his signature skits and melodic samples, Politics of the Business is Prince Paul at his most cynical. He tells the story of putting the album together, its critical/fan reception and how he feels about it now. (album features Dave Chappelle, Ice-T, Chuck D, Jean Grae, MF DOOM and more) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The music video for 1990’s ‘Buddy’ by De La Soul introduced the world to the Native Tongues collective. The crew consisted of Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more. This collective was groundbreaking in that it made space for a freer and more individualistic image of rap stars at a critical time in rap history. It would go on to influence the rise of Common, Kanye West, J. Cole and more. Hear the story of the collective’s rise and slow dissolution from one of its key early members Prince Paul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buhloone Mindstate

Buhloone Mindstate

2020-09-0901:05:111

In 1993 De La Soul released Buhloone Mindstate which was their final album produced by Prince Paul. Filled with raw expression and lush jazz arrangements played live by James Brown's original backing band, the album sounds like none before or after it. The careers of Paul and De La Soul both took sharp turns after as they parted ways and attempted to carve out their own identities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Didnt Happen

What Didnt Happen

2020-09-1653:412

On the season finale of What Had Happened Was we talk with Prince Paul about what didnt happen in his long and storied career. From near miss collaborations with legendary artists to TV projects that ended before ever launching, these are the stories of what almost happened plus a look into the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Chad the do gooder

cheers Mike! grinding out more quality content. Paul is a great partner. solid shows over here!

Sep 17th
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