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

De La Soul “Me Myself and I” (1989)

Album: 3 Feet High and Rising

Label: Tommy Boy

Prince Paul: “Well, ‘Me Myself and I’ was the last record on the album. And that was kind of egged on by Tom Silverman, who was the CEO of Tommy Boy. Because we made this album and he was like, ‘Ah, I have no record to take to the radio.’ And I was like, ‘Radio? Man, come on, man.’

“Now, Maseo and I are big Funkadelic fans. So as we reluctantly sat around to come up with a radio single, we were listening to some Funkadelic records. And then I just said, ‘Yo, ‘Knee Deep.’’ And Maseo was like, ‘Yeah, ‘Knee Deep.’’ We were like, ‘Bet! Let’s use the Funkadelic record.’

 

That was just something that we did to please Tommy Boy. And it was the last song that we made, which became the biggest song. That was just our attempt to make a radio record.

 

We took it, put the beat behind it, we showed Dave and Pos, and they wrote to it. That was just something that we did to please Tommy Boy. And it was the last song that we made, which became the biggest song. That was just our attempt to make a radio record.

“There was no such thing as a hip-hop classic at the time. So all you wanted to do was make something different and better. That was your main concept. I didn’t want to bite because biting was a crime back then, which now is not really a crime. But back then you didn’t want to be labeled as a biter.

“I would tell the guys like, ‘Yo, we’re going to go gold.’ Just to keep their morale up, but did I know? No, man. [Laughs.] I never had a gold record before that. [Laughs.] I didn’t know what it took.

“I liked the album, I thought it was great, it really embodied by personality. I thought it was fun. It was something I controlled. The label definitely didn’t know. As soon as the record came out, and it went out of control, the guys, myself, and the label were all like, ‘Whoa, really?’ I never complained about that.”

blog comments powered by Disqus