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Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary Prince Paul to discuss Prince Paul's life, impact, and role in the world of Hip Hop. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

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    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary Prince Paul to discuss Prince Paul's life, impact, and role in the world of Hip Hop. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

    What Didnt Happen

    What Didnt Happen

    On the season finale of What Had Happened Was we talk with Prince Paul about what didnt happen in his long and storied career. From near miss collaborations with legendary artists to TV projects that ended before ever launching, these are the stories of what almost happened plus a look into the future.
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    • 53 min
    Buhloone Mindstate

    Buhloone Mindstate

    In 1993 De La Soul released Buhloone Mindstate which was their final album produced by Prince Paul. Filled with raw expression and lush jazz arrangements played live by James Brown's original backing band, the album sounds like none before or after it. The careers of Paul and De La Soul both took sharp turns after as they parted ways and attempted to carve out their own identities. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Native Tongues Collective

    Native Tongues Collective

    The music video for 1990’s ‘Buddy’ by De La Soul introduced the world to the Native Tongues collective. The crew consisted of Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more. This collective was groundbreaking in that it made space for a freer and more individualistic image of rap stars at a critical time in rap history. It would go on to influence the rise of Common, Kanye West, J. Cole and more. Hear the story of the collective’s rise and slow dissolution from one of its key early members Prince Paul.
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    • 47 min
    The Politics of the Business

    The Politics of the Business

    In 2003 after the mishandling of ‘A Prince Among Thieves’, Paul found himself in a dark space and made an album reflective of his negative feelings about the music industry. Devoid of his signature skits and melodic samples, Politics of the Business is Prince Paul at his most cynical. He tells the story of putting the album together, its critical/fan reception and how he feels about it now. (album features Dave Chappelle, Ice-T, Chuck D, Jean Grae, MF DOOM and more)
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    • 47 min
    Handsome Boy Modeling School

    Handsome Boy Modeling School

    In 1998 Prince Paul linked up with Dan The Automator (Dr. Octagon, Detlron 3030) and formed Handsome Boy Modeling School based on an episode of Chris Eliot’s 90s sitcom ‘Get A Life’. They made two albums featuring everyone from DJ Shadow to Father Guido Sarducci. Paul walks us through these collaborations including amazing stories about linking up with Pharell Williams to record him in a very unlikely location and why El-P was confused by the final version of the song he recorded on.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Stetsasonic and life as a 10-year old DJ

    Stetsasonic and life as a 10-year old DJ

    Paul began his journey in rap in 1977 as a DJ right when hip-hop was starting in New York. Shortly after that it turns into a career when he meets the rappers that would become the legendary group Stetsasonic. In this episode he tells the story of going from ‘sucker duck’ kid DJ to touring the world with Stetsasonic and the lessons that led him to strike out on his own with De La Soul.
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

CDemmings ,

Excellent

These two are just so pleasant to listen to. Great chemistry. Prince Paul has a thousand stories and Mike Eagle knows how to tease the details out of each one. Recommended for hop hop heads and casual fans alike.

DaVzig ,

Legendary - Hip Hop History

At the top of the list of greatest podcasts ever.

If you even have a casual interest in the genre, you gotta listen.

Prince Paul is the GOAT!

Navy Dad Wax ,

More like King Paul!!

Prince Paul is one of the most creative and funniest people in Hip-Hop ever. He’s enthusiasm is infectious and refreshing. A true artist and this podcast is so rewarding. The stories, the honesty, the insight all come across in a humorous conversation with the talented Open Mike Eagle. Mikes fan angle questions are so on point! Thank you fellas and I look forward to many more episodes.

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