Label: Razor & Tie

Prince Paul:“It was a severe parody record, which nobody got. It made it seem like a flop, but it was a sense of humor thing. I actually had Dave Chappelle in that record. I met him when I was working on the Chris Rock albums. I always thought Dave Chappelle was mad funny. So I was like, ‘Yo, I need to have Dave Chappelle play my record label guy.’

 

People at Tommy Boy once said, and this was quoted in an article, ‘Paul makes his records too smart,’ or something along those lines. A lot of stuff is sarcastic; a lot of stuff goes over people’s heads.

 

"The stuff I told you about regarding the label when I did A Prince Among Thieves? Dave Chappelle was the voice of the label on Politics of the Business. I remember Tom Silverman telling me, ‘Don’t worry about the album content. Worry about singles.’ Like, ‘What? I can’t just focus on a few singles, and make a wack album! You crazy?’ So there were all these absurd things you had to go through as an artist. Basically, stuff that’s going to destroy your legacy.

“So I made this record, it started out on Tommy Boy, but Tommy Boy folded by the time I was done with it. So it was basically me giving Tom Silverman what he wanted. So it was just an album full of parody, hip-hoppy, grassy songs. Like really transparent. And people literally took it as that. So it was another ‘Oh, God’ moment for me. And I even wrote long liner notes explaining what I was doing. And it was useless. People were just like, ‘Oh, this record’s wack.’

“People at Tommy Boy once said, and this was quoted in an article, ‘Paul makes his records too smart,’ or something along those lines. A lot of stuff is sarcastic; a lot of stuff goes over people’s heads. This was around the time we did this fake MTV Diary, and we set up a table at Fat Beats to see random people coming into the store, getting my work signed. I think I shot Doom in there. Overall, that record was just real sarcastic, and it was meant to be that way.”