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A Prince Among Thieves is the second studio album by Hip Hop artist and producer Prince Paul. It is considered an apex in the hip hop world, and was one of the most acclaimed concept albums of its time. The concept follows the story of an aspiring young MC named Tariq, played by rapper Breezly Brewin, who needs to collect money to record a demo tape before a meeting with Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. The story follows, as a desperate Tariq quits his low-paying job and turns to his friend True, played by rapper Big Sha, who plugs him into the world of drug dealing. The story sees the two making their way through the drug world, a police ambush, jail, and finally, a deadly showdown.
The album features cameos by Kool Keith, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, Biz Markie, De La Soul, Everlast, Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole, Special Ed, Chris Rock, RZA and Buckshot.

1. Tariq's Dilemma (Intro)
2. Pain feat. Big Sha & Breezely Brewin
3. How It All Started
4. Steady Slobbin' feat. Breezely Brewin
5. Just Another Day
6. What U Got (The Demo) feat. Breezely Brewin & Big Sha
7. Hustles On
8. MC Hustler feat. Horror City
9. Call
10. Other Line feat. Breezely Brewin & Heroine
11. Crazy Lou's Hideout
12. Weapon World feat. Kool Keith
13. My Big Chance
14. War Party feat. Horror City
15. Count Macula
16. Macula's Theory feat. Big Daddy Kane
17. Mr Large feat. Big Sha, Chubb Rock & Biz Markie
18. Can You Handle It
19. Put The Next Man On feat. Big Sha, Breezely Brewin & Superstar
20. I Was In
21. My First Day feat. Chris Rock
22. More Than U Know feat. De La Soul
23. Room 69
24. Mood For Love feat. Newkirk, Breezely Brewin & Sweet Dee
25. Bust
26. Men In Blue feat. Everlast
27. Central Booking
28. Handle Your Time feat. Sadat X, Xzibit & Kid Creole
29. Rev
30. Sermon
31. Showdown feat. RZA
32. You Got Shot feat. Big Sha & Breeze
33. Every Beginning Must Have An Ending
34. New Joint (DJ's Delite)
35. Prince Among Thieves feat. Big Sha

This is a benchmark in Hip Hop as Prince Paul takes the concept of storytelling to the next level. The storyline is summed up pretty well above so I won't ruin the ending and explain any further. All I'll say is that this is a truly classic album; 35 skits and tracks and every single one of them is dope and it's always going to be interesting to hear our favourite emcees and rap legends take on a different character and play the part of a different role. You'll need to break out your popcorn for this one because it really does feel as though you are listening to a movie audio. My fave joint is probably Handle Your Time as well as Macula's Theory, The Men In Blue and Weapon World. DO NOT MISS THIS! I could not move from my PC til I had heard this from start to finish! To whet your appetites, peeps the video below which meshes a few of the track together.


Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves