Bad Rap

Prince Paul's latest concept record attacks lame commercial hip-hop--by co-opting it

"All these records the majors are putting out now aren't really rap records," he asserts. "They're designed to be pop records. Everything's so limited now, and to me, that makes it look a little bleak. It's a sad thing. I used to listen to stuff on the radio and be inspired."

From here, Paul says, he'll move on to act more like the Prince Paul the "artsy crowd" expects and less like a curmudgeonly hip-hop uncle. He's busy working with Dan the Automator on a follow-up to their dazzling 1999 record as Handsome Boy Modeling School, So...How's Your Girl? And, he says, he's brewing up another concept album, though he won't divulge his ideas yet.

For now, he's happy to have gotten out of his system the anger he feels toward the modern-day hip-hop game that's left him staggered. "This is a record that I had to make. It was killing me," Paul says. "I didn't want to be on my deathbed in my 80s and say, 'I should have made Politics.'"

Bring the pain: "Practically every record I've ever done came from hurt," says Prince Paul. "A lot of times, I won't chew you out or curse you out, but I'll make a record about it."
Clay McBride
Bring the pain: "Practically every record I've ever done came from hurt," says Prince Paul. "A lot of times, I won't chew you out or curse you out, but I'll make a record about it."

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