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

Big Daddy Kane “It’s a Big Daddy Thing” (1989)

Album: It’s a Big Daddy Thing

Label: Cold Chillin’

Prince Paul: “After 3 Feet High and Rising, I just got a flood of interest from both pop people and other hip-hop artists. So that led me to Kane, to 3rd Bass, MC Lyte to Queens Latifah, and doing remixes for Fine Young Cannibals. It was all over the place. It was weird for me because things started to happen so quickly.

 

Back then, I was making about 25 songs a month. I was just making music non-stop. Now were they all good? No. But I had so many different beats.

 

“Working with Kane was an honor. I met Kane in the Latin Quarters during my Stet days. Nobody’s really nice to the DJ, especially when rappers became more prominent than the DJ. Kane was always nice to me. Like, [imitates a gruff voice] ‘Yo, what’s up, man?’ He was just real nice.

“From then to when I finally made something big, it was easy for him to reach out to me because we already had somewhat of a relationship. I was a super big Kane fan, and I was just like, ‘Can’t get iller than Kane.’

“Back then, I was making about 25 songs a month. I was just making music non-stop. Now were they all good? No. But I had so many different beats. So when Kane gave me a call, I said, ‘I have an idea for you.’ I’m not giving him a beat CD, well a tape back then, I just said, ‘Yo, this one’s going to work.’ And that’s kind of how we rocked. He liked what he heard, and he was cool. It was a good time to make music.”

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