In its golden age, lots of hip-hop drew from a standardized universe of sample sources, but DJ and producer Prince Paul wanted to sample Steely Dan and the Turtles instead of James Brown. His crate-digging sense led to a creative breakthrough as the prime sonic architect of De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising." From the recording of the first hip-hopera ("A Prince Among Thieves") to his collaborations with Dan the Automator, the method to Prince Paul's madness always bore fingerprints of a DJ flipping the odd bits in his vinyl collection into new contexts. As tonight's guest at DC9 for Moneytown -- one of D.C.'s popular rare groove dance parties -- Prince Paul gets free rein to get back into full DJ mode.-- Rhome Anderson (August 2009)
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