Throwback: Prince Paul-Weapon World Feat. Kool Keith
Prince Paul’s A Prince Among Thieves (1999) is one of hip-hop’s great concept albums. The songs are connected by the storyline featuring rapper Breeze as Tariq who needs $1000 dollars to complete his demo tape.”Weapon World” features Kool Keith as Crazy Lou a maniacal arms dealer. Paul’s drums and Keith’s psychotic bragging about his arsenal is music that needed to be seen as much as heard. Prince Paul wanted to turn the album into a movie but Tommy Boy Records passed on the idea. Chris Rock bought the rights to the album with the intention of making it into a movie but it never happened. The skits, the cinematic production and appearances from Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, De La Soul, Sadat X and Everlast had the potential to follow the path of Prince’s Grafitti Bridge. The legendary producer who expanded hip-hop’s production style by producing De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising told Allhiphop.com in 2013 he would still love to turn A Prince Among Thieves into a movie.