This collection of unreleased songs and rare jams from producer Prince Paul has the feel of sifting through the basement tapes of an overachiever. A few songs may date themselves by shouting out the year somewhere in the lyrics; otherwise, we might easily be fooled into thinking this was new material. Paul's talent has always been in staying relatable to average folks, preferring to stay off the pedestal that a lot of artists crave. He's remained under the radar in many ways because he's been a part of such different projects, from the "horrorcore" of his group the Gravediggaz (who appear with "Constant Elevation" and "1-800 Suicide") to the more up-front funk of Stetsasonic (whose "Stet Live WNYU" cut is a highlight here).
His extensive discography also includes seminal hip-hop long-player 3 Feet High and Rising for De La Soul, as well as comedy albums for Chris Rock. In fact, it was Paul who pioneered the hip-hop skit, now an album convention often employed in the industry but rarely mastered with such genuine funniness. The "Bugg Out Pieces" that pop up in this collection are no exception, especially when Paul and friends go in search of some fine Down South females. Hip Hop Gold Dust showcases the career of a producer who still has got a lot of longevity.
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