New York, NY – It’s not every day a Hip Hop luminary like DJ Prince Paul — renowned for his work on De La Soul’s seminal album 3 Ft. High & Rising — decides to remake an entire album. But that’s exactly what the seasoned producer did.
On Friday (October 13), Prince Paul plans to deliver his latest creation, The Redux, a revision 2003’s Politics the Business. Back then, the O.G. version served as the follow-up to 1999’s critically acclaimed A Prince Among Thieves, but because Tommy Boy Records sat on the album for a year before finally releasing it, it proved to be a point frustration for the Long Island native.
“I made the original version kind out spite and anger, and it was very sarcastic,” Prince Paul tells HipHopDX. “I think the humor and the idea got lost in translation, so when it came out, people took it literal. It’s funny, out all the records I made, this is the only one where I’m like, ‘Yeah it could have been better.’ I made it as a joke. I wanted to redeem myself. I didn’t want my legacy to be stuck like that.”
In anticipation the occasion, Prince Paul has shared a lost single featuring De La Soul titled “I Don’t Care” (circa 2000), as well as the revamped version “People Places & Things (No I Didn’t)” featuring DOOM, the latter which he released late last month.
The Redux features many the star players from the original album, including Ice-T, Jean Grae, the late Guru, Planet Asia, Biz Markie, DOOM, EPMD’s Erick Sermon and Chubb Rock.
It will be available as a free download.
Check out “I Don’t Care” and “People, Places & Things (No I Didn’t)” above, and the album art below.