Guest Star: "It's So Bizarre. It's Like Adult Swim On Stage"

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 9:10PM

Written by SOHH for Prince Paul

[With his "Negroes On Ice" cross-country tour in full effect, hip-hop vetearn Prince Paul opens up on linking with his son DJ Paul Fresh and injecting comedy into show venues.]

Me and my son are really, really close. I also have a daughter but as a family, we're all really, really close. We laugh a lot, we joke a lot and as a dad, I lay down the rules first and foremost. My son has grown up with this and almost thinking it is all normal.

I remember back in the days when he was a baby, I would have RZA and Method Man and everybody would be over at the house and we would be recording Gravediggaz stuff. I would take him out to see Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. I would take him to South Africa, France, so he grew up with this kind of being second nature.

So for us to actually work on something like "Negroes On Ice" and not just him being outside looking in, it's big. He's 20 and his perspective on stuff is just reckless and funny. I have to give him credit because a lot of times when you see certain entertainers and then they bring their kids into it, you're like, "Ah, this is going to be corny!"

I gave my son a hard time with this project. There's a certain type of feel and a way this has to go down. I'm not going to let you skip steps. How can I preach, "I really love hip-hop. I'm into hip-hop," and let my son skip steps just to be down?

That's what some entertainers do and he's done things with the way he writes that his personality is really, really funny. I had to sit back because I was like, "Oh, it's corny, corny, corny," but then I really listened and saw his friends thought [his jokes] were funny. I looked at what he had wrote and was like, "Oh wow. Really?"

We've really come together working on this and it's been a lot of fun. It's really brought us a lot closer. This play is really like a teenager and me acting like a teenager that's totally dumb and farfetched. It's so bizarre. It's like [television network] Adult Swim on stage. It's really going to make you scratch your head.

The next show dates are: 1/13 at Capri Theatre, Minneapolis, MN. 1/14 at Southside Theatre, San Francisco, CA

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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