Prince Paul Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

3rd Bass “The Gas Face” (1989)

Album: The Cactus Album

Label: Def Jam

Prince Paul: “Stetasonic was managed by Russell Simmons’ company Rush Management. I was at the Rush office hanging out and I met Serch. 3rd Bass either just signed with Rush or they were about to. I remember Serch coming up to me and asking, ‘Yo, can you make a song like ‘Buddy’?’ And I was like, ‘What? I’m not redoing a song.’

“You know before I get to work with someone, I like to go out with them, grab dinner, talk to them, and really figure them out before I hit up the lab with them. I don’t believe in just doing work without actually getting to know the person.

 

‘The Gas Face’ was the result of me trying to make something like ‘Buddy,’ which didn’t sound anything like that. [Laughs.]

 

If you don’t know the person, as a producer it’s difficult to tell them what to do when you’re in the studio. If you don’t feel comfortable, the respect for one another is not the same.”

“So we get in the studio, and Serch and them were really cool dudes. They were funny. At the time everything was just real fun. We were all laughing and cracking jokes. It wasn’t like now, where you see guys on video saying, ‘Yo, I’m with so and so in the studio…’ We were all young at the time. So we were just trying to make each other laugh. The relationship was good.”

“We got around to do “The Gas Face,” which was a record that we made to introduce KMD with 3rd Bass. It’s fascinating to see a lot of kids saying, ‘Doom, Doom,’ and really idolizing him. And I’m here thinking, ‘Yo, I made the first official Doom record.’ ‘The Gas Face’ was the result of me trying to make something like ‘Buddy,’ which didn’t sound anything like that. [Laughs.]”

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