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.
Politics of Business (2003) was another concept album, but a lot less
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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