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

Queen Latifah “Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children” (1989)

Album: Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children

Label: Tommy Boy

Prince Paul:“45 King produced the album, but even before she got signed, when I heard her demo, I was like, ‘Yo, she’s really dope. Y’all should definitely sign her.’

 

Dante Ross signed her, and at the time the label thought she just had a similar vibe as De La Soul. Like, ‘Eh, you guys talk about similar things, wear similar outfits—why don’t you guys do a song together?’

 

“Dante Ross signed her, and at the time the label thought she just had a similar vibe as De La Soul. Like, ‘Eh, you guys talk about similar things, wear similar outfits—why don’t you guys do a song together?’ [Laughs.]

“She was a sweet woman. Well, actually, she was a girl at the time. And we were in the studio together. And it was really dope, man. They had us do the song together, if we thought she was wack we would’ve been like, ‘Eh, we’ll see about that.’ But she was really dope.”

“As far as production, I was going super experimental with that beat. I had this weird-ass beat that was super left field for me. And the chemistry was great. And it worked well for her overall debut.”

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