Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Label: Tommy Boy
Prince Paul: “I remember recording it at my house. Pos came over with the idea of using a Michael Jackson record. And I had few other samples laid underneath it, so we pieced it together until we got it right. He had some rough rhymes to it, and it was good enough for us to take it into the studio.
“I recommended all of them to get equipment so we can do pre-production at home, instead of spending that much money or time in the studio. Especially Buhloone Mindstate, we were trying to record more stuff before we went into the studio.
If you think about it, from 3 Feet High and Rising on is when Tommy Boy’s greatest success started. Since then they’ve signed Queen Latifah, House of Pain, Coolio, and Digital Underground. Basically a lightbulb went on in their heads like, “Oh, that’s what it is.”
“We had to pay for the Michael Jackson sample. Tommy Boy was really sensitive, and rightfully so. You can’t get away with a Michael Jackson sample. There’s no way of getting around that. In some cases, it’s not just paying for some artist, you had to convince them that you’re worthy of using it.
"You have guys like Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, who don't need extra money. What is it to them? Especially during that era? So it was more so, ‘Do they like you?’ You can offer them an extra amount of money, and all the publishing, but they can still easily say, ‘No, don’t need it.’
“The label always supported De La because they were integral to their success. I mean, if you really think about it, aside from “Planet Rock,” the next big [Tommy Boy] record that sold a lot, and had a cultural impact was 3 Feet High and Rising. They based a lot of knowledge [on] what we did, and how we market ourselves, to find and develop other artists. So if you think about it, from 3 Feet High and Rising on is when Tommy Boy’s greatest success started.
"Since then they’ve signed Queen Latifah, House of Pain, Coolio, and Digital Underground. Basically a lightbulb went on in their heads like, “Oh, that’s what it is.” And we presented our ideas to Tommy Boy as far as marketing, and album themes, etc. The label just took it and ran. So as Tommy Boy was becoming successful, it did have a sense of loyalty to the group, which was amazing. And De La Soul was still making them money. Even a flop record going Gold weren’t in the negative. So they were still a cash cow for Tommy Boy.”