Prince Po (Organized Konfusion) conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Pedagogical Slickness Of Prince Po Interview

November 2005

MVRemix: What advice would you give to someone coming up in the music industry?

Prince Po: Get on the grind for what you know. Nobody owes you shit! Stop thinking that just because your block told you that you are dope, the industry is supposed to let you in. It doesn't go that way. You have to walk your dogs. Monch and I would actually read the back of records and then, go to the labels. You can't do that anymore. You have to find a new way of doing it. Be determined and believe in yourself. If you really feel that you are dope and have something to offer the game, do it. And please, stop writing like everybody else! I heard the shit already! Come out with some shit that no one has heard before! Try to be creative and original. All that recycling shit is done with. There are 5 million rappers all over the fucking world. Give the people something different. Say something, whether it is a message, if it is encouragement, or even if you are pissed off and have to vent. Listen to other people's shit so you don't sound like them. Give them an ear so you can be a creative person. Do what you believe in. If you believe in yourself and have talent, go for it, but please, offer something different to the hip-hop community, so it can continue to grow. Touching Black did a song called 'Asphalt', which is for the skaters. This is not for the motherfuckers in a Benz who like their chains. This is for skaters who like hip-hop. He just talks about how skaters love what they do. He talks about how gangsters have it twisted because these skaters have gats in their knapsack with extra clips for extra picks. You have skaters, bikers, b-boys who break, graffiti artists, and more. All of those are part of hip-hop. If we don't continue to build, then hip-hop should die. Hip-hop will never die as long as we continue to do it how it was done in the first place. That means being creative and being original. Organized Konfusion didn't sound like A Tribe Called Quest. Leaders Of The New School didn't sound like Black Sheep. We all did shows together and broke bread together. It was friendly competition. There was love! Even if we didn't have Busta on the album, we could still sit with him, break bread, smile, laugh, and talk because we were all contributors to the hip-hop culture.

MVRemix: You did some non-hip-hop collaborations?

Prince Po: One of my neighbors, Chaz West, sings with the drummer from Black Sabbath, and a guitarist from ZZ Top. We collaborated and did this rock song called, 'I Got A Right To Know'. It sounds a little like 'Why' by Jadakiss. I'm asking these questions like, 'Why do I have to say that I'm African-American on an application?' At the end of the application, it says that the company is an equal opportunity employer. If you are an equal opportunity employer, what difference does it make what color I am? Jada did asked a lot of important questions on his song. I had an idea similar to that and decided to do it anyway. It's still different. In Jada's hook, they are singing 'Why?'. In my hook, Chaz is sings, 'I got a right to know'. That's why I'm asking these questions. I do have a right to know. Large Professor did the track.

MVRemix: Madlib produced a couple of tracks on 'The Slickness' LP. How is Madlib different from some of the other producers?

Prince Po: Madlib is a very eclectic dude. This dude loves working with me. I never had to ask him for beats. He'd give me a beat CD with 30 or 40 beats and it was hard to pick only 2 or 3 songs from them. He's a very eclectic dude. I only worked in the studio with him once. He did 3 songs on 'The Slickness' album and I only was in the studio with him once. That lets you know something. It's just weird. He's not weird. It's a weird situation. I'm usually a hands-on person when I'm working with producers. Also, I don't like to force shit. I like things to be natural. If he's naturally not working with anybody, personally except for people, like J Dilla and Oh No, let it be. In the future, that may stop. He'll get his ass in the studio with me. He ain't going to tell me that he's a fan of my music and I'm a fan of his while we are playing this cute tip-toe around thing. We're going to meet up. We have to get in there together, build, and feel each other out. That's the way hip-hop is supposed to be.

MVRemix: What were some songs that made you fall in love with hip-hop?

Prince Po: The song, 'One Love' by Whodini. Also, 'Five Minutes Of Funk'. I loved a lot of songs on Run-Dmc's 'Raising Hell' album. Spoonie G, Kool Moe Dee's 'Feel The Heartbeat'. That whole park jam era when I was a kid.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said 'Public Enemy', you may say, 'Revolution' or 'Fight The Power'.

Prince Po: Right.

MVRemix: Del The Funkie Homosapian.

Prince Po: Mr. Bob Dobalina.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Prince Po: The 5 Footer. He's a dope live performer!

MVRemix: Eminem.

Prince Po: 8 Mile.

MVRemix: Pharoahe Monch.

Prince Po: Agent Orange.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Prince Po: Loyalty.

MVRemix: Jamiroquai.

Prince Po: Eclectic but forgotten.

MVRemix: Common.

Prince Po: Realness.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Prince Po: Superfly.

MVRemix: Marvin Gaye.

Prince Po: Trouble Man.

MVRemix: Whodini.

Prince Po: Jhalil. I love him to death, my brother.

MVRemix: Smokey Robinson. Prince Po of Organized Konfusion interview

"Get on the grind for what you know. Nobody owes you shit! Stop thinking that just because your block told you that you are dope, the industry is supposed to let you in."

Prince Po: The Apollo.

MVRemix: O.C.

Prince Po: Times Up.

MVRemix: Q-Tip.

Prince Po: One of the most eclectic dudes I have ever met in my life.

MVRemix: De La Soul.

Prince Po: I love all of them, especially Mase.

MVRemix: Artifacts.

Prince Po: Touring together.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Prince Po: Confused and greedy.

MVRemix: What was 'The Extinction Agenda'?

Prince Po: It's basically like the new world order.

MVRemix: What was the song 'Thirteen' about?

Prince Po: It wasn't about shit. 13 was Monch's favorite number. 8 was my favorite number. If you listen to the song's numbers, Monch is number 13 and I'm number 8. We even had jackets like a football team with our favorite numbers on the arm. 13 was his favorite number and his personal song for the album. We decided to do separate songs for the album and do something different. It's dope. I love that song.

MVRemix: What is next for Prince Po?

Prince Po: I'm working on the 'Pretty Black' album. I have an artist named Touch Em Blak with the 'Asphalt' song. 'The Lost Scrolls' will be out in the stores hopefully after September. I'm putting it out by myself if I have to. I'm doing this totally independent. I'm looking for a distribution company who thinks I'm worthy to work with them. A lot of distribution companies front. A lot of these independent record labels are becoming like these majors. They are becoming really funny about who they sign. Some people are still keeping real with the eclectic shit. But, some are only doing things with certain people. It's getting funny style with some of these indie labels. I'm just trying to put out records, move people, and move units. It's love. We take it back to the street. I make them run up on cats, spit on them, and just hit em in the head. DJ's? Promo directors? I smash them with the shit that is supposed to be played. I'm working on GBG's shit. They're just about finished. Everybody's working on shit. I'm working close with everybody.

MVRemix: Any final words?

Prince Po: I think the interview went great, man. You asked me some real interesting questions. It's dope. You asked some real creative and different questions, which is dope! Final words? I just want my fans to know that I love them to death and I didn't go nowhere! I feel like I owe them much more than records. I owe them the proof that I'm sitting down and doing my homework. I thank them so much for supporting me. I don't give a shit about anybody else except for the people who not only support the records, but live and understand what we are trying to do. They know life is ups and downs. You have 'Maintain' and you have 'Let's Organize'. It went back and forth. I want my fans to know that it will be a long time before I am done. I have much more coming!

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