Prince Po: The Slickness

Personnel

Artist: Prince Po
Producers: Danger Mouse, Jel, J-Zone, Madlib, Prince Po, Richard X
Featuring: Cairo, DOOM, Jemini, J-Ro, J-Zone, Raekwon, Rell, Stone
Executive producer: Danger Mouse
Artwork: EHQuestionmark

Notes

Solo album from Prince Po (also of Organized Konfusion alongside Pharoahe Monch) executively produced and curated by Danger Mouse who supplies the beats along with Madlib, J-Zone and Jel.

Guest raps from Raekwon, MF DOOM and Jemini (of Ghetto Pop Life album fame).

This vinyl format features some of the most lavish artwork on the label: a die-cut, metallic, embossed/debossed, school-style picture frame that pops open to stand on your mantlepiece.

Quotes

“Prince Po(etry) lives up to his reputation as one of America’s rhyming royalty… a stellar guest list (MCs Jemini, Raekwon and MF DOOM; producers Madlib, Danger Mouse and Richard X) secures the (real) deal… the regal has landed.” Time Out

“Revered underground hero ropes in left-field producers to unveil the future of hip hop… it’s a one-disc showcase for hip hop’s next generation…” 4/5 Q

“Madlib, Danger Mouse and J-Zone create the background for Po’s mesmerizing delivery here and each track drips with heart and soul as a classic voice collaborates with the best of today’s talent.” XLR8R

“Here is an album to make hip hop heads swoon. The Slickness brings together a dream team to remind us how brilliant music can be.” 4/5 Observer Music Monthly

“The Slickness is anything but slick, stuffed with ragged, rugged, thugged beats from the likes of Madlib and J-Zone… provide Po with the best forum for his snappy, inebriated, artfully profane rhyme flow… Slick? No, and thank fuck for that…” 7/10 NME

“Prince’s mic skills have never been in doubt. And ain’t a damn thing changed here as his elocution of concepts and stringing together of syllables is as impeccable as ever in 2004… The Slickness is the sound of Prince Po looking to the future.” 4/5 Hip Hop Connection

“… stripped back beats… seriously on-point lyricism… one of the finest hip hop debuts of recent times.” 4/5 The Fly

“A juggernaut of an album.” i-D

“It’s a joy to report that not all ‘old school’ (or in this case, mid-school) rappers are mired in outdated beats and bitter attempts to right their place in history. Prince Po, who along with Pharoahe Monch defined early 90’s rap at its most creative as Organized Konfusion, has put out a truly brave single, ‘Hold Dat’ (Lex). Underground rap is finally emerging from its own conservatism and embracing the present, evidenced by the adventurous production on this single from Richard X. Early 80’s electro bleeps work well with Po, who no longer seems burdened with having to separate himself from Monch. Let’s hope ‘Hold Dat’ and the coming album will bring the kind of mainstream success that has so far eluded Prince Po.” DJ Shadow in The New York Times

Tracklist

Hello
Too Much
Love Thang
It’s Goin Down
Social Distortion
The Slickness
Grown Ass Man
Bump Bump
Meet Me At Tha Bar
Fall Back
Be Easy
Hold Dat