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Name: Prince Paul  
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Date of Birth: 2nd April 1967
Place of Birth: Amityville, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Prince Paul (born Paul Huston) is a legendary DJ and hip hop producer. Prince Paul is known for having a very unorthodox, but mostly well-received sense of humor. Musically, he was one of the driving forces of what was to become known as alternative rap, by using surprising samples and quirky humour.

Originally a member of Stetsasonic, he produced De La Soul's 1989 debut album Three Feet High and Rising (It was on this album that Prince Paul invented the hip hop skit which has become a long-standing and pervasive tradition on Hip hop albums to this day). After two more albums, he left them, putting together two solo projects: Psychoanalysis: What is It? and the hip hop opera A Prince Among Thieves featuring rappers such as Big Daddy Kane and Everlast. He (along with Frukwan, Too Poetic and the RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) made up the Gravediggaz.

With jazz legend Teo Macero, Prince Paul co-produced guitarist Vernon Reid's solo debut in 1995.

Paul teamed up with Dan the Automator to form Handsome Boy Modeling School; their album So... How's Your Girl? featured prominent names such as Sean Lennon and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. In the year 2000, Paul produced I Hope I Sell a Lot of Records at Christmastime by Princess Superstar as well as MC Paul Barman's début EP It's Very Stimulating.

Politics of the Business (2003) is a look at present-day hip hop, again featuring many guests, from Chuck D and Ice T to the Beatnuts and Wordsworth. The latter also collaborated on a track Paul composed for the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack.

His most recent effort is the album Itstrumental. He also produced the album The Art of Picking Up Women of his new group The Dix.


  • 1996 Psychoanalysis: What is It? (WordSound, later reissued by Tommy Boy)
  • 1999 A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy Records)
  • 2003 Politics of the Business (Razor & Tie)
  • 2005 Itstrumental (Female Fun)

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