In the nearly 30 years Prince Paul has been active on the Hip Hop music scene he’s only been to South By Southwest a handful of times. A few weeks ago, Paul traveled to Austin, Texas to perform at various events and gave fans the old with a little bit of new.

“All my set’s throwback cause that’s the stuff that I really enjoy and I threw in a little curve and like some Nicki Minaj, some [Tyler, The Creator], some [MF] DOOM, [Redman & Method Man],” Prince Paul said. “I try to mix it up a little bit.”

First performing at HipHopDX and Audible Treats’ 2013 showcase at SXSW, Prince Paul talked with DX about what’s been up recently. The former De La Soul producer said music this year is more toward the back burner as film has taken the rains of his attention.

“I’ve been working actually on a screenplay right now and fall as well I’ll be working on a feature film this summer and so that’s the main thing now,” he said. “Musically, I have a ton of music I just haven’t had the time to put it together and come up with a concept or album.”

When asked if a project release was in the works for 2013 Paul said that he isn’t sure yet if he has plans to drop music this year.

“I don’t know, [laughs] I don’t know when the next record’s coming out. I have to be inspired; I don’t just put out music… I like to contribute something to the art form and not just do it for the sake of doing it, I’m an artsy Hip Hop guy.”

Last year, the Gravediggaz and Stetsasonic founding member released his latest album Negroes on Ice to which Paul believed received mixed reviews.

“It goes both ways,” he said. “Some people really liked it and some really hated it, which is like all my work so that was like a fun project.”

With six solo albums and numerous other collaborative releases under his belt nostalgia is always something fun to talk with Prince Paul. Performing right before Souls Of Mischief, a group he collaborated with four years ago for the release of his last joint effort Montezuma’s Revenge, Paul said the people he’s worked with in the past became legends over time. Respect all around was what made these groups flourish, not to mention the musical talent.

“The people I worked with weren’t necessarily legends when I worked with them.” Paul said. “It was just a community of people you admired, you respect, you like their work, they like your work. It just so happens that a lot of us just survived the game for a long time and I don’t know how we attained legendary status. I think it’s just by default for being old,” he said with a laugh.

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