Weary of music industry politicking, [a]Prince Paul[/a] - [a]De La Soul[/a]'s producer and former member of the [a]Gravediggaz[/a] - has set his sights on other endeavours lately....

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Celluloid The Electric Years - Why Is It So Fresh?

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Celluloid The Electric Years – Why Is It So Fresh?

Weary of music industry politicking, [a]Prince Paul[/a] – [a]De La Soul[/a]’s producer and former member of the [a]Gravediggaz[/a] – has set his sights on other endeavours lately. He worked with old chum James Cameron on early drafts of a certain movie about a doomed boat (apparently). He devised a theatre performance called [I]A Prince Among Thieves[/I] and plans to turn it into a movie next. But, in the meantime, here’s the CD version – a hip-hop musical and yet a much better proposition than that sounds.

Boasting a star-studded cast, it offers a tale of two friends, one intent on getting a demo to The RZA, the other on vending loads of drugs. It also offers dynamite music, not least the irresistible party funk of ‘Steady Slobbin’, [a]De La Soul[/a]’s spirited appearance on ‘More Than U Know’ and ‘Weapon World’, where Kool Keith unveils [I]Twilight Zone[/I] tendencies of the kind he’s known, loved and avoided in dark alleys for.

Though the narrative grows tiring at times, it’s worth sticking with for the myriad tracks where hip-hop is captured in rude health. Puts [a]Prince Paul[/a] right back among the rap aristocracy, too.