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Label: Tommy Boy
Prince Paul:“A lot of those albums and songs are done as jokes. I knew that people were going to diss the second album. So we were like, ‘Yo, let’s just get someone to diss it before the fans or critics do.’
I knew that people were going to diss the second album. So we were like, ‘Yo, let’s just get someone to diss it before the fans or critics do.’
“That’s when Mista Lawnge from Black Sheep came into the picture. He was talking reckless in those skits before Black Sheep was Black Sheep. He as an individual was already a black sheep. If you ever talk to the man, do it. He’ll diss anything and he makes it super funny.
“We first met Mr. Lawnge when De La was introduced to Dres. All I know is that Mr. Lawnge was introduced to me in the studio while we were making the record. And they were real cool guys, both of them. Dres is very laid back but Mr. Lawnge is laid back in an extremely sarcastic and cynical way.
“That’s why I got along really well with them because he was just really funny and honest. He acted as if he made triple-platinum records for the last five years, but hasn’t had a single record come out.
Mr. Lawnge is laid back in an extremely sarcastic and cynical way. He acted as if he made triple-platinum records for the last five years, but hasn’t had a single record come out. He would just diss everybody.
“He would just diss everybody. He talked so much good game, man. It’s almost like he willed himself to make those records with Black Sheep because he pops so much junk that he always seemed bigger than life.
“And I appreciate what he did on those skits. I didn’t tell them to say those things, I just painted the picture, and he ran with it. That’s just his personality. I haven’t really sat down and spoke to him in a while so I don’t know if he changed or if he’s the same. But back then he was beautifully reckless, man. He was the best person to talk to.
“If you listen to the skits, he dissed MC Shan. We thought that was hilarious. Not that Shan was the king MC or anything, but Lawnge would be like, ‘Eh, I don’t like it. It sounds like MC Shan.’ We were just like, ‘Oh! How could he say that? What a blatant diss! But, we’re going to put it on the record. Perfect.’
“I think the decline of using skits are cool. I think that they’re only as good as the material. Skits are nice when they’re good. But I remember at one point people were going, ‘Yeah, my album’s done. I just need skits.’ Like it became a staple, when you didn’t really need it.
I think the decline of using skits are cool. You know those phone skits that have no meaning in them? You can probably just do a whole article on bad skits.
“I did it to push the record along, and to let people know the group. And then skits just became something that was meant to have on an album without any reasoning behind them. And that’s when it became really bad. And if a record didn’t have them, I was like, ‘Oh, yes. No skits.’
“I’ve had people come up to me like, ‘Oh, man. See what you’ve started, man.’ And you know I didn’t do it for people to bite. I can’t control the quality of what people make. There’s something that’s really good. That’s great. And there’s something that’s just like, ‘Oh, God.’ You know those phone skits that have no meaning in them? You can probably just do a whole article on bad skits.”