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A Prince Among Thieves

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Released  February 23, 1999
Length  77:11
Release date  23 February 1999
Label  Tommy Boy Entertainment
Recorded  1997–1998
Artist  Prince Paul
Producer  Prince Paul
Genre  Hip hop music
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Studio  Paul's Coffee Shop (Long Island, New York)
A Prince Among Thieves (1999)  Politics of the Business (2003)
Similar  Prince Paul albums, Hip hop music albums

A Prince Among Thieves is the second studio album by hip hop artist Prince Paul. A Prince Among Thieves was well received by music critics. Music essayist Robert Christgau has called it "the closest thing to a true rock opera you've ever heard".



The concept follows the story of an aspiring young emcee named Tariq, played by emcee Breezly Brewin, 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 quits 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.

The album features cameos by Kool Keith, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, Biz Markie, De La Soul, Everlast, Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole, Special Ed, Chris Rock, RZA and Buckshot. A single version and video in the style of a film trailer was also produced. Although conceived as a story that would be filmed, a movie never came about. In an interview, Prince Paul said:

"That was the intention. When I first made it I was inspired by Master P's I'm Bout It, I was like this movie is so poorly shot and it’s popular. I could do that with more star power. I tried to pitch it to Tommy Boy, and they apparently didn’t see the vision. I was like we could make so much money, but they were like 'Yeah, yeah Paul, we’re going to put this million dollars in whatever group' that they had. Then at some point Chris Rock bought the rights to it, but he didn’t do anything with it. So it sits and it sits. If I had the opportunity, if somebody said hey I have a small budget or wanted to get a Kickstarter going, I’d love to put that together."

Track listing

Sample credits
  • "Steady Slobbin'" is a parody of Ice Cube's song "Steady Mobbin'," and both contain a sample of Average White Band's recording "Reach Out."
  • "What U Got" contains a sample of Albert King's recording "I'll Play the Blues for You."
  • "Macula's Theory" contains a sample of Syl Johnson's recording "Wind, Blow Her Back My Way."
  • "War Party" contains a sample of Gwen McCrae's recording "Love Without Sex".
  • "MC Hustler" contains a sample of Magnum's recording "Witch Doctor's Brew".
  • "You Got Shot" contains a sample of Ol' Dirty Bastard's recording "Brooklyn Zoo."
  • "Central Booking" contains a sample of Lloyd Price's recording "What Did You Do With My Love?"
  • The DJs and VJs

  • DJ Evil Dee
  • Bobbito
  • DJ Mecca
  • Bobby Simmons
  • Andre (Bless Me) Smith
  • Ken (Special K) Spellman
  • DJ Atlas
  • Artist
  • Lynn Gonzales
  • Rotimi Rainwater
  • Charts



    1Tariq's Dilemma (Intro)0:38
    3How It All Started1:19


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