A DJ, a record producer, a rapping phenomenon and a hip-hop legend whose name invokes memories of a daisies-filled era of sound + style — Prince Paul celebrates another revolution around the sun on this day (Apr. 2). If you’re a student of history then this name should be not only synonymous with adding comedy sketches to hip-hop albums, but his connections to Boogie Down Productions, De La Soul and, my personal fave, The Gravediggaz.
Outside of his associations, Prince Paul has limitless imagination that has helped to push the culture forward. From creating an audio movie (A Prince Among Thieves) to making a comedic commentary on self-absorbed consumerism (Handsome Boy Modeling School) — we celebrate Prince Paul’s 50th birthday by highlighting some of the stories we have on him on Okayplayer.
Below, the former Stetsasonic player, an energetic and charismatic hip-hop icon, shares his love for A Tribe Called Quest, cracks funnies with fellow comedian Cheech of Cheech-n-Chong and lets loose an unreleased demo from 2004. See the stories underneath + share your birthday greetings @DJPrincePaul.