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‘Prince Paul’s Adventurous Musical Journey’ Debuts

Donald High

No one knows hip-hop quite like Prince Paul. The DJ-producer has worked with the likes of De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick, among others, but even with a resume that reads like a chapter out of a rap history book, the New York native still finds himself losing interest in music.

Teaming with the car company Scion A/V, Paul has set out on a national journey to rediscover his love for hip-hop by exploring different genres for his documentary webisode ‘Prince Paul’s Adventurous Musical Journey,’ which premiered on the company’s website last month.

“I’ve been working with Scion off and on for the last few years,” Paul tells The BoomBox of how the collaboration began. Over the six episodes available on the company’s website, the New York native does everything from explore the dance music scene, attend Scion’s own Garage Fest in Kansas, to hit up the Coachella music festival. “I was talking to [the people at Scion] about how I was somewhat disenchanted with music in general, and we came up with the idea of trying to be inspired,” he shares. “Looking for other types of music to get me motivated. Scion throws a lot of different music events, so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to go around and meet the people behind it.”

Paul admitted to being apprehensive about stepping so far out of his music comfort zone, yet among the many lessons learned on the trek, his trip to Kansas left a big impact when he visited the garage music festival in the city of Lawrence. “I didn’t know what I was getting into,” he explains of his experience. “When I went to Kansas, I had no idea what garage music was, but it was different than what I heard in New York — it kind of caught me off guard. There’s also different sub genres of the music.”

Above all else, the Grammy winner hopes that his journey will shine a light on music lovers of various genres. With filming for the show over, he has rediscovered his creative spark, touring with the one-man play ‘Negroes on Ice,’ for which he wrote the musical score. The play was birthed out of the Ustream show of the same name, which he created with his son DJ P Forreal. The duo has since taken the play all over the country making stops in New York City, Washington D.C. and Boston, before commencing at San Francisco’s Southside Theatre next month.

Check out the first six episodes of ‘Prince Paul’s Adventurous Musical Journey’ at scionav.com.

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