Prince Paul
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Gravediggaz: 6 Feet Deep/ Niggamortis (1994), 6/10
Gravediggaz: The Pick, The Sickle, and The Shovel (1997), 5/10
Gravediggaz: Nightmare In A Minor (2001), 5/10
Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis: What Is It? (1997), 6/10
Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves (1999), 7/10
Handsome Boy Modeling School: So How's Your Girl (1999), 6.5/10
Handsome Boy Modeling School: White People (2004), 5/10
Prince Paul: Politics of Business (2003), 5/10
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Prince Paul, originally a dj for Stetsasonic, produced De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and the equally psychedelic My Field Trip To Planet 9 (1993) by Justin Warfield.

In 1994, he founded Gravediggaz with Wu-Tang Clan's Robert "RZA" Diggs, Stetsasonic's Bobby "Frukwan" Simmons and solo artist Anthony "Too Poetic" Berkeley. They released the gorey 6 Feet Deep/ Niggamortis (1994), The Pick, The Sickle, and The Shovel (1997) and Nightmare In A Minor (2001), the most celebrated creations of the "horror-core" movement. The third one came out when Anthony "Too Poetic" Berkeley had already died of cancer.

Prince Paul's ambitions surfaced on the solo albums Psychoanalysis: What Is It? (1997), an eccentric collage of nonsensical sounds, a veritable ransacking of the artist's subconscious, and especially on the hip-hopera A Prince Among Thieves (1999), performed by a star-studded cast.

Handsome Boy Modeling School's So How's Your Girl (Tommy Boy, 1999) was a collaboration with Dan Nakamura.

Prince Paul's Politics of Business (2003) was another concept album, but a lot less intriguing.

More incoherent than electric (echoing everything from vintage reggae to old tv sountracks), Handsome Boy Modeling School's second album White People (Elektra, 2004) sounds overlong and not as carefully crafted as the first one. Guests include Mike Patton, RZA, Cat Power, Julee Cruise, and members of De La Soul, Mars Volta, Black Sheep, Franz Ferdinand, but they seem to be the object, not the subject, of the songs.

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