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“Prince” Paul Huston is one of hip-hop’s most notable producers. He began in the mid-1980s as a teenage DJ with Stetasonic, “the hip hop band.” But his career really took off in 1989 when he produced De La Soul’s classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising.

Paul helmed the group’s first three albums, and went on from there to release a wide variety of projects under his own name, as a producer, and as part of a group. Just a short list of his collaborators reads like a who’s-who of musicians and comedians: RZA, Queen Latifah, Bernie Worrell of P-Funk, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Big Daddy Kane, and even Cat Power, to name only a few.

In the first half of our conversation, we talk about Stetsasonic, De La Soul, his relationship with a pre-Wu-Tang RZA, his surprising-sounding 2003 solo album Politics of the Business, and much more.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Prince Paul, “A Day in the Life”
  2. Prince Paul, “Make Room”
  3. De La Soul, “Afro Connections at A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum)”
  4. De La Soul, “Kicked Out the House”
  5. Jungle Brothers, “I’ll House You”
  6. Hank Spann aircheck, 1971, WWRL
  7. Frankie Crocker 107 5 WBLS Aircheck 3 Sign Off
  8. WBLS 107.5 New York - Frankie Crocker - Late 1970s
  9. Rick Dees, “Disco Duck”
  10. Afrika Bambaataa, “Death Mix (Side B)”
  11. Super Channel Blue Night TV, 3 Feet High TV
  12. Stetsasonic, “Go Stetsa I”
  13. Ultramagnetic MCs, “Funky”
  14. Stetsasonic, “Just Say Stet”
  15. Stetsasonic, “On Fire”
  16. Mtume, “Juicy Fruit”
  17. Stetsasonic, “Talkin’ All That Jazz”
  18. “These Are The Breaks”: EMP Conference 2012 Roundtable Discussion
  19. Beastie Boys, “Paul Revere”
  20. De La Soul, “Me Myself and I”
  21. De La Soul, “Pass the Plugs”
  22. De La Soul, “En Focus”
  23. Gravediggaz, “1-800 Suicide”
  24. Prince Rakeem (RZA), “Ooh I Love You Rakeem”
  25. RZA, “Samurai Showdown”
  26. Wu-Tang Clan, “Protect Ya Neck”
  27. Wu-Tang Clan, “Preacher’s Daughter”
  28. Biz Markie, “Nobody Beats the Biz”
  29. Wu-Tang Clan, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit”
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