A Prince Among Thieves (Colored 2xLP)


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Pressed on Limited Edition Orange and Yellow Splatter Vinyl 

With a career that spans decades and having played a hand in some of hip-hop's most legendary and admired groups, there is no doubt that Prince Paul' legacy will live on for years to come. While he may be best known for his work with groups like de la Soul, Stetsasonic and Handsome Boy Modeling School, it is often his solo work that fans turn to when craving that unadulterated Prince Paul sound. Released in 1999, his sophomore album, "A Prince Among Thieves, " has since become an undeniable classic amongst hip-hop enthusiasts and record collectors alike. Featuring an all-star ensemble of Golden Era MC's like Kool KeithSadat X, Xzibit, De La Soul, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Everlast, Chubb Rock, RZA, Special Ed and more, this ambitious piece of humorous hip-hop storytelling is like an odyssey of 90's rap, even earning praise from music essayist Robert Christgau, who called it "The closest thing to a true rock opera you've ever heard." What lies beneath, however, is biting satire which plants listeners right in the thick of the struggle, the hustle, the rough underground from which great hip-hop is so often inspired.

The concept follows the story of an aspiring young emcee named Tariq, played by emcee Breezly Brewin of the Juggaknots who needs to collect money to record a demo tape before a meeting with Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. The story follows a desperate Tariq, who skips work at his low-paying job and turns to his friend True, played by emcee Big Sha, who introduces him to drug dealing. The two make their way through the drug world, a police ambush, jail, and, finally, a deadly showdown.

Tracklist:

A1 Tariq's Dilemma (Intro)
A2 Pain
A3 How It All Started
A4 Steady Slobbin
A5 Just Another Day
A6 What U Got (The Demo)
A7 The Hustles On
A8 MC Hustler
A9 The Call
A10 The Other Line
B11 Crazy Lou's Hideout
B12 Weapon World
B13 My Big Chance
B14 War Party
B15 Count Macula
B16 Macula's Theory
B17 Mr. Large
B18 Can You Handle It"
B19 Put the Next Man On
B20 I Was In
C21 My First Day
C22 More Than U Know
C23 Room 69
C24 Mood For Love
C25 The Bust
C26 The Men in Blue
C27 Central Booking
D28 Handle Your Time
D29 The Rev
D30 Sermon
D31 Showdown
D32 You Got Shot
D33 Every Beginning Must Have an Ending
D34 The New Joint (DJ's Delite)
D35 A Prince Among Thieves

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