What Had Happened Was
What Had Happened Was
Stony Island Audio, Starburns Ind.
Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season one covers DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School). Season two covers El-P (Company Flow, Run the Jewels) Brought to you by Stony Island Audio. For advertising opportunities please reach out to PodcastPartnerships@studio71us.com
Company Flow part 2: Funcrusher Plus
on this episode El-P breaks down Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus LP. He discusses the origins of his unique approach to production and the changes between the EP version and the final commercial release, the alchemy of The Fire in Which You Burn, and the disagreements that eventually led to the dissolution of the group Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 7
54 min
Company Flow part 1: El’s origin story
to kick off this season Open Mike Eagle and El-P dig into El's early life leading up to his first recordings and the forming of the seminal underground rap group Company Flow. Along the way we hear the story of his first encounter with the music business and how that informed the ’independent as f*ck’ aesthetic of his early releases. We then explore the record label bidding war that lands the group at legendary underground label Rawkus Records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31
1 hr 22 min
What Didnt Happen
On the season finale of What Had Happened Was we talk with Prince Paul about what didnt happen in his long and storied career. From near miss collaborations with legendary artists to TV projects that ended before ever launching, these are the stories of what almost happened plus a look into the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
53 min
Buhloone Mindstate
In 1993 De La Soul released Buhloone Mindstate which was their final album produced by Prince Paul. Filled with raw expression and lush jazz arrangements played live by James Brown's original backing band, the album sounds like none before or after it. The careers of Paul and De La Soul both took sharp turns after as they parted ways and attempted to carve out their own identities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 9, 2020
1 hr 7 min
Native Tongues Collective
The music video for 1990’s ‘Buddy’ by De La Soul introduced the world to the Native Tongues collective. The crew consisted of Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more. This collective was groundbreaking in that it made space for a freer and more individualistic image of rap stars at a critical time in rap history. It would go on to influence the rise of Common, Kanye West, J. Cole and more. Hear the story of the collective’s rise and slow dissolution from one of its key early members Prince Paul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 2, 2020
47 min
The Politics of the Business
In 2003 after the mishandling of ‘A Prince Among Thieves’, Paul found himself in a dark space and made an album reflective of his negative feelings about the music industry. Devoid of his signature skits and melodic samples, Politics of the Business is Prince Paul at his most cynical. He tells the story of putting the album together, its critical/fan reception and how he feels about it now. (album features Dave Chappelle, Ice-T, Chuck D, Jean Grae, MF DOOM and more) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
47 min
Handsome Boy Modeling School
In 1998 Prince Paul linked up with Dan The Automator (Dr. Octagon, Detlron 3030) and formed Handsome Boy Modeling School based on an episode of Chris Eliot’s 90s sitcom ‘Get A Life’. They made two albums featuring everyone from DJ Shadow to Father Guido Sarducci. Paul walks us through these collaborations including amazing stories about linking up with Pharell Williams to record him in a very unlikely location and why El-P was confused by the final version of the song he recorded on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
1 hr 2 min
Stetsasonic and life as a 10-year old DJ
Paul began his journey in rap in 1977 as a DJ right when hip-hop was starting in New York. Shortly after that it turns into a career when he meets the rappers that would become the legendary group Stetsasonic. In this episode he tells the story of going from ‘sucker duck’ kid DJ to touring the world with Stetsasonic and the lessons that led him to strike out on his own with De La Soul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
1 hr 7 min
De La Soul is Dead
In 1991 after the smash success of their debut album 3ft High and Rising, De La Soul and Prince Paul become household names and with that comes strangers harassing them with unwanted demo tapes, weird encounters at Burger King, and rumors being spread about the group. All of these problems are front and center on their second album, the brilliant De La Soul is Dead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 5, 2020
1 hr 11 min
3rd Bass, MF DOOM and MC Paul Barman
In this loosies episode Prince Paul tells the story of working with these three legendary hip-hop acts and gives us a look inside each of their creative processes. Along the way we discuss 3rd Bass’s beef with MC Hammer, a potential full length collab with DOOM and the story of what the beats from Paul Barman’s ‘It’s Very Stimulating’ were originally intended for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2020
1 hr 4 min
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