Prince Paul Offers the 2003 Review of "the Policy Of The Company"
#DXCLUSIVE: Hip-Hop fixture opens up about his frustration with Tommy Boy Records at the time of the original records' of the release.
New York, NY – DJ Prince Paul, famous for his work with De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gravediggaz began his career as a founder member of Stetsasonic. The native of Long Island has become one of Hip Hop's most respected producers/DJs, the release of several solo albums and collaborations with an endless list of celebrated pillars of the culture.
But there is an album that has troubled him since their publication in 2003 of the Policy of the Company. So, like any perfectionist, Paul has revamped the entire project and delivered in the form of The Redux.
"This is the first time that I can think of that an artist has made an album, mad years later and just redo the whole thing because you don't like," Paul says to HipHopDX. "Usually just live with the log and move on. They say, 'Oh, I'm going to make my next". But I was like, 'No, I'm going to review.'"
As Paul admits, "Prince Paul sarcasm doesn't go well with all over the world", which is one of the reasons why he believes that the album could not have resonated with people, as well as the record he did four years before, in 1999, A Prince of Thieves. Ultimately, it was his label at the time — Tommy Boy Records — that, in part, dampened the momentum that had built from A Prince of Thieves.
"It was a long conversation with Tommy [Boy] because I put A Prince of Thieves, and don't really support it," he explains. "Little hurt my feelings. I did most of the work on this record [of A Prince of Thieves] and it just sat at Tommy's desk for a year — literally a year — because they didn't know what to do with it. I finished it in February of '98, and won't come out until February of '99."
When I was ready to make another album, I said that I had to make another record as A Prince of Thieves, but he didn't want to do that.
"When I put out A Prince of Thieves, earned critical acclaim," he says. "They said, 'you know what, why not make another record of that? And I'm l