Saturday, December 16, 2006

Resident Alien : Oooh The Dew Doo Man (From Mr Boops 12")





Resident Alien : Oooh The Dew Doo Man (Dew Doo Man, 1991)

The Dew Doo Man was only 20 when Russel Simmons gave him the opportunity to run his own label under the Rush associated Labels umbrella.

Having produced the first De La Soul album, and a couple of hit singles for Third Bass, Nikki D, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane and Groove B Chill Prince Paul was happy being just a producer. It was a better status than just being a DJ in Stetsasonic, that's why he turned down the offer at first. But After Lyor Cohen insisted he gave the idea a second thought and finally agreed to do it.

He took the $50 000 advance, called three friends who really didn't rhyme, and proceed to record his first concept album, called "It Takes A Nation Of Suckas To Let Us In". From day one there was a big gap between what Russel had in mind and what Paul was doing. He had to fight with him to let him called the label Dew Doo Man records. Russel wanted him to make pop hits, and he was making a concept album.

When this 12" came out in november 1991, The Choice Is Yours and Scenario where still on rotation everywhere, so you would think it would have been quite easy to push this record, but Def Jam's staff was busy pushing more traditional stuff like Nice & Smooth or LL Cool J. So Paul decide to come together with Downtown Science and Nikki D to go and talk to Lyor, but none of them show up at the meeting but Paul. The tall Israeli decided he didn't want to be bothered by a&r who cared about music and pull the plug on the Resident Alien project and Dew Doo Man records was no more after only one 12".

8 comments:

Axe said...

What did they expect? Prince Paul has always been on a different kind of plane than most in hip hop, especially around this time. A shame A Nation Of Suckers.. only lives on in bootlegs now.

Anonymous said...

I love this song! I remember this video from back in the day. I always wondered why they made a video for it since it was the B-side to MR. BOOPS. Does anyone know if they also made a video for MR. BOOPS?

Can you please repost TREAT HER LIKE A PROSTITUTE movie version? I missed out when it was 1st posted back on January 30th. Thanks in advance. Nice blog by the way.

Anonymous said...

You can't tame Prince Paul. If you're gonna sign Paul you gotta know what you're getting into and let him do his thing. I doubt Russel cared. A fine example of 90's Hip Hop gems.

Anonymous said...

I remember that whole "Dew Doo Man" video with Mic Teluxe being hit by the car and Prince Paul looking for someone to sign and the secretary with the bat, etc. I remember a friend of mine that interned at Def Jam/RAL telling me this story. Check my blog out @ http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/

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derek said...

I have this 12". I still think Paul is great. But, had this blown up, would we have gotten Psychoanalysis or Prince Among Thieves?

Any Means... said...

i'm feeling the vibe of this blog! the native tongues are my fav crew, and u drop knowledge like no otha. that being said, is there any way you can re-up that "Oooh The Dew Doo Man" 12"? i think the link is broken. THX in advance!

Anonymous said...

Being really honest here... The only gem on this 12" is Ooh, The Dew Doo Man. One of the funkiest jams Paul ever made...

gd said...

Shakey Grounds is the hottest jam of all time! way better than the other cuts on this single!