Album: 3 Feet High and Rising

Label: Tommy Boy

Prince Paul: “I knew Pos and Dave wanted to talk about the crack epidemic during that period and I had this record that we use [for] the main loop. As far as the beats are concerned, I flipped that whole thing together. I remember the guys said, ‘We want to use the hook from Hall & Oates’ ‘Say No Go.’’ And this is probably a question regarding the concept, so you’d have to ask them.

“I was just like, ‘Cool.’ My thing was just like, ‘I’m going to take your idea, and I’m going to make it just that.’ I guess it’s like taking a hooker, and you’re like, ‘I’m going to dress you up, put something to your hair, have you some heels, make up, your hair, and then boom!’ If it was something that’s wack, I would say, ‘Nah, let’s try a different style.’ Lyrical content I wouldn’t jump in.

 

We had an offer from Profile for a lot more money. I remember when we had a meeting with them they had just made ‘It Takes Two’ by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. It wasn’t released yet, but they were telling us that it was the next record they were putting out. And Geffen gave us a bigger deal than Profile, but the De La guys felt more comfortable with Tommy Boy.

 

“Honestly, I didn’t want to sign De La Soul to Tommy Boy because there was so many things going on with Stetsasonic and Tommy Boy. But there was a gentleman who worked at Tommy Boy named Rod Houston, who never gets the credit.

“He’s the one, when I was mixing down the De La’s demo, who said, ‘Yo, take them to Tommy Boy.’ And I was like, ‘Tommy Boy? I ain’t taking them there.’ And he was like, ‘No, no. Really. I think Monica Lynch would like them.’

“We had an offer from Profile for a lot more money. I remember when we had a meeting with them they had just made ‘It Takes Two’ by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. It wasn’t released yet, but they were just telling us that it was the next record they were putting out. And you know Geffen gave us a bigger deal than Profile, but the De La guys felt more comfortable with Tommy Boy.

“I think because they generally liked Monica Lynch and the energy over there. I was thinking money. Like, ‘You crazy?’ It was almost like Tommy Boy gave us three grand, Profile gave us ten grand, and Geffen offered us 40 grand. And you know as fate has it, they went with Tommy Boy, and in hindsight it was probably the best decision.”