Confessions of a Beat Junkie: Prince Paul

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We’re huge fans of Prince Paul. So naturally, we were geeked to get our hands on Confessions Of A Beat Junkie, a promo tape Tommy Boy put out in ’97. The 35-minute blend of b-sides, unreleased stuff, famous works, and many skits don’t disappoint—especially if you’re familiar with Paul’s work. Not much info exists, so I wrote Paul and asked him to introduce the tape for us. Here’s his response:

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the tape. I made this for Tommy Boy as a promo item in the late ’90s to reintroduce myself to the public. It was to launch off the reissue of Psychoanalysis and a new project, A Prince Among Thieves. I just wanted to make something different from the old traditional mixtape that was out at the time. I had my friends and mom do little intro pieces to the songs.

I wanted to make it appear like I was this elusive, eclectic guy, and they were describing my work to those who weren’t familiar with me. The photo [on the back] is a picture of my son when he was about 3 or 4. He was always facinated with the turntables now he’s a DJ himself at 17. I put a lot of work into that tape, I’m glad that it’s still being enjoyed. Thanks again.

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nobody beats the whiz

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I first saw this 12″ while reviewing this book for some website years ago. I didn’t think much of it until I saw the record again, remembered the book, and remembered that it was one of Tommy Boy’s early releases. I picked it up and loved it ever since; love the cover too.

“He’s Got The Beat” is an early ’80s electro-dance-cut, featuring cheesy punch-ins (“cu-cu-cut it up Whiz!“) and equally cheesy keyboards. Whiz Kid is credited with playing those keyboards, along with writing, mixing, and arranging, while a singer named Sabrina supplied the vocals. This was a fit with Tommy Boy’s futuristic-rap roster at the time, Planet Patrol, Key-Matic, and The Jonzun Crew for example. According to some websites (with often conflicting reports), Whiz Kid passed away around 2006. This song isn’t hard to come by nor is it turntable Whizardry, but it’s fun for sure. Cut it up Whiz!

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