Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Prince Paul & Bernie Worrell are Baby Elephant

He's at it again!! Prince Paul proves once again that there are no limits for his expansive creativity. I just found out that he has teamed up with funk musician BERNIE WORRELL to form a new group BABY ELEPHANT. Prince Paul (known for producing De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising." "Handsome Boy Modelling School," the Pootie Tang soundtrack, "A Prince Among Thieves," Stetsa-sonic, Gravediggaz, MC Paul Barman, and tons more) met Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads and more) while the latter was promoting his documentary, Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth.

The two found they shared similar interests and decided to create the funk/soul group, Baby Elephant. They brought in Newkirk (longtime Prince P collaborator) and the trio set about making an album. Of course Paul never just works alone! For this project he called on a buncha funk revolutionaries including: David Byrne, George Clinton, Yellowman, Shock G, Nona Hendryx, DJ Roc Raida, Reggie Watts, Gabby La La and more.

Worrell, a New Jersey native, has created sonics that over the years have become the foundation for the West Coast Hip Hop sound (see Dr. Dre's "The Chronic"). It seems fitting that an East Coast producer has brought Worrell's sounds back home.

Prince Paul says, "He's an accomplished musician and I'm some b-boy cat. I don't want people to think it's like some hip-hop beats over him playing. We're trying to invent something." Baby Elephant will release their debut LP, "Turn My Teeth Up" on Sept 11th 2007 on God Forsaken Music. You better pick this one up when it comes out.