Prince Paul (Paul Huston) is a legend in the world of hip hop who was originally part of the early 80s rap outfit Stetsasonic and later went on to create the iconic sounds of early De La Soul albums, the Gravediggaz project (with RZA), Handsome Boy Modeling School (with Dan the Automator), as well as a series of solo albums. As a collaborative guru for music production, Paul has worked with great musicians from almost every genre including Alec Empire, Linkin Park, Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid, and Parliament keyboardist Bernie Worrell (to name just a few). Prince Paul’s calling card on almost all his productions is an intelligent (yet sometimes silly) sense of humor that sits right behind the boom-bap beats that have made his music so popular.
Paul’s most recent collaborator is none other than his son, DJ Pforreal, a young performer who has obviously inherited his father’s sense of humor as well as a knack for beat creation and lyrical delivery. Their initial project together, Negroes on Ice, is a comedy / music album that blends music and storytelling into a “hilarious, head-nodding listening experience.” In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Prince Paul explains that much of the album comes from stories that his son would tell him when he was a child. “He would come up with these outrageous things that I knew (weren’t) true, but I couldn’t get mad at him because they were just so dumb. And I knew he was lying, but he would just go on and on about it to where it would start to become entertaining.” When asked about the format of combining music and comedy together, Paul explained further. “If you’ve ever watched Adult Swim, it’s very bizarre and antic and makes you scratch your head, like, ‘What is this silly thing?’ But this is actually put into a story.”