Album: 6 Feet Deep

Label: Gee Street

Prince Paul: “We made demos at the house, which were ‘1-800 Suicide,’ ‘Pass the Shovel,’ and several others that were all demos we did with the 8-track machine. ‘Diary of a Madman’ we did it in a studio. And that’s how it all started.

 

It was a shame, this thing I put all this effort into, the thing I wanted to show the world, wasn’t working. And I really worked hard on that demo. I was like, ‘I’ll give it one more week, if it doesn’t happen, we’ll just dissolve this situation. We’ll forget it.’

 

“We literally shopped the Gravediggaz stuff for almost a year. Nobody would touch it. Jive was interested for two seconds, but one of the guys over there was like, ‘Oh, Paul? He’s old. He’s played out.’ Same thing. Getting dissed. All them dudes are old, they had records before. Why sign them? Def Jam, obviously not, since Russell wasn’t feeling me at the time. Yet they came out with Flatlinerz, which kind of freaked me out.

"Tommy Boy was like, ‘Nah…’ And it was a shame, this thing I put all this effort into, the thing I wanted to show the world wasn’t working. And I really worked hard on that demo. I was like, ‘I’ll give it one more week, if it doesn’t happen, we’ll just dissolve this situation. We’ll forget it.’

“I gave it one more week, and I spoke to Poetic when he just landed a job at a bagel factory. And within that week, Gee Street calls us and says, ‘Yo, I want to meet with you guys. Let’s put out this Gravediggaz record.’ I’m also forgetting, we did get offered another deal.

 

We had a meeting with Eazy-E. He wanted to sign us to Ruthless. I had a meeting with him and Jerry Heller in California. And I remember Eazy was like, ‘Gravediggaz—I like this. I like the demo.’ But that deal was wack! I’d rather have no deal than sign that deal.

 

"We had a meeting with Eazy-E. He wanted to sign us to Ruthless. I had a meeting with him and Jerry Heller in California. And I remember Eazy was like, ‘Gravediggaz—I like this. I like the demo.’ But that deal was wack! I’d rather have no deal than sign that deal. Basically, ‘We own everything, and we give you very little money.’

“I make music depending on my emotions. I consider myself a true artist. That’s why it was important for me to get like-minded people. I was depressed. Now I’m older, I look back like, ‘Man, I wouldn’t have cried over that.’ But at the moment, when you’re young, you’re like, ‘What is this?’ It’s overwhelming, man. So I just made all this dark music. And luckily those dudes felt the same exact way that I felt. So they were able to come from the same place. And it worked out.”

“I remember we had this beat, and we were all like, ‘Yo, let’s just strike a nerve.’ And I don’t even remember how the concept of suicide came up. That’s something RZA would do, right? It sounds like his brain. As soon as Frukwan laid down the first rhyme, it was over, and we were like, ‘Oh! That’s crazy!’ And then it followed suit. And we recorded that in my house, man. It was crazy. That’s certainly one of those taboo records.”