Guest Star: "As Time Went On, I Kept Getting Uninspired Over Music"

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 6:00PM

Written by SOHH for Prince Paul

[With Prince Paul having teamed with Scion A/V for a new weekly six-episode documentary series, the hip-hop veteran speaks on his decision to record his journey in hopes of getting re-inspired about music again.]

What's cool is I was working with a woman from Scion who works in the marketing division. I had a conversation with her because I had a conference in Los Angeles about music. It was a conversation about not really being inspired.

I go to concerts now and you feel like hip-hop is not the same. Hip-hop, from when I [remember it having] started in the late 1970's, when it started really picking up to now is not even the same music, almost. As time went on, I kept getting more uninspired over music. I hardly listen to the hot radio stations anymore. I listen to them once in a while just to know what's going on until I hear the same record 30 times.

With that being said, Scion asked me if I would like to do a documentary documenting this. They were like, 'Over here at Scion, we cover garage music and other things,' and so they asked if I would like to go and see if any of these things inspire me. So I told them yeah and that's how this all kind of started.

I got to travel around and meet different bands. This has been something that I would never in real life get a chance to see. It was an educational experience. I never shut down learning. Ever. I'm never too old to learn.

Everything more or less developed naturally. I wanted to see what things Scion had to answer to. I know Scion supports all types of music and it's not just hip-hop. They do everything. So I thought, 'Let me see what music you guys are supporting. I want to see what you guys have events for.' And when they laid out all of their events and what they had their hands on, I was like, 'Wow, that's a lot of different things.'

So more or less, we initially based it on events they were throwing. The first one happened to be the Garage Fest. That was like my first step onto the scene. I was like, 'Wow! What is this?' And then we went to all of the other places.'

The spot that may have interested me the most was going to New Orleans and seeing the whole bounce music scene. It was almost like a throwback to early hip-hop because it was a lot of people on the microphone just hyping people up and people going wild in the club. The people were genuinely cool, not saying the others weren't, but I felt like I really could see what was going on here.

It was a lot of fun. Different, which you will see, but at the same time, music-wise, it was familiar territory.

Beginning his career as a DJ for Stetsasonic, rapper and producer Prince Paul has lent his skills to albums by Boogie Down Productions, Gravediggaz, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, and 3rd Bass, among others. Paul's big break came when he produced De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising album. Shattering the acknowledged rules of hip-hop production, he sampled not only funk, but all types of music to create fresh and original backing tracks.

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