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“Innovative Life” – Arabian Prince (Stones Throw) [ALBUM] July 14, 2008

Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.

TITLE: Innovative Life / ARTIST: Arabian Prince / LABEL: Stones Throw / RELEASE DATE: 29th September 2008 / CAT NO: STH2192

This anthology serves as the definitive document of Arabian Prince’s groundbreaking electro work. Under the pseudonym Professor X he was one of the founding members of the N.W.A, and a pioneering and innovative West Coast hip-hop DJ-Producer in his own right, Arabian Prince was at the fore-front of the Electro-rap scene, the same scene that produced legends such as Egyptian Lover and the World Class Wrecking Cru. Arabian Prince personifies electro’s often overlooked role in the transition toward hip-hop; operating alongside the transformational effect of gangsta-rap, and as such this album is vital in understanding hip-hop as a phenomenon.

Recorded between 1984 and 1989, the innovative nature of his sound is clear, and the impact at the time can only be imagined. Retrospectively described as techno-funk this is a raw stripped-back sound, that combined with dark foreboding lyrics, no doubt influenced by his time with the N.W.A serves to create a unique musical atmosphere. Lyrically the anthology also has a lot to offer, documenting aspects of popular culture and an atmosphere that are unique to this period. But the album still sounds fresh to today’s listener as a result of the dominant influence that gangsta-rap was to later exert over the genre as a whole.

The anthology’s importance is explained in a 20 page booklet which locates the album in the history of the rise and fall of LA’s electro and electro-rap scene, including unseen photos, posters and a timeline of West Coast electro. The anthology also serves as a companion to Stones Throw’s other obscure yet vital releases The Third Unheard-Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983, The Funky Corners and Stark Reality’s Now. (The booklet is available as a PDF file on request)

In addition, more recently Arabian Prince has appeared on Stones Throws 2007 and 2008’s Chrome Children compilation series, and their 2K Sports 2K8 Compilation.

If you would like some more information or you want to preview or review this release and would like to receive a promo copy, please contact simon@rocketsciencemedia.com or tom@rocketsciencemedia.com



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