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For the first time Prince Paul's cult-classic 2005 album Itstrumental is seeing a proper commercial reissue on the original imprint of release Female Fun Records. This also marks Female Fun's first release in over a decade. (Original street-date May 10th, 2005). Bringing aboard likeminded collaborators of the past, Itstrumental plays out like a party of hilarity and hotness born from Prince Paul’s Long Island studio. Black Italiano The Popmaster is praised over a harmonious backdrop on "My Friend The Popmaster". Steinski provides lessons in picking up girls on "Flattery", while MC Paul Barman pleads for the redemption of a failed relationship on the haunting "The Night My Girlfriend Left Me". From the rugged, dancehall bop of "The Boston Top" (an ode to donuts) to the inventive "And The Winner Is?" a hypnotic piece that finds the Prince playing all instruments (drums, electric guitar, keys and more) and re-sampling them into one strong composition.
With the MVA (Mental Victims Unit) of the New York City Police Department hot on his trails throughout the release, Paul drops one crazy beat after another, only to further solidify his position in hip-hop as one of the sickest, most vital producers still thriving. This is Paul’s first true go around at creating an instrumental album, and it never fails to keep all corners of interest in the listeners mind awake and aware that they’re witnessing something, very special.
The sample-driven collage-project distinctive to only how Prince Paul can do - was met with both critical acclaim and retail success upon original release. In the vein of of Prince Paul's solo debut Psychoanalysis (What Is It ?) the follow-up Itstrumental melded an array of guest vocalists/appearances over the devastating Prince Paul's undeniably great instrumentals/beats.
To refresh collectors memories, what made Itstrumental so unique is that it's songs were culled specifically by Paul from an assortment of analog samplers used throughout the course of his career. Dating back to the 1980's through the early 2000's - which means otherwise unused compositions and tracks from the days of Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Prince Upon Thieves, and more. It's a virtual catalog of beat-making techniques sewn together in classic concept album style.
1. MVU - (Act 1) 0:52
2. It's A Stick Up 2:41
3. Flattery Co-producer – Steinski 2:47
4. My Friend The Popmaster 4:10
5. Inside Your Mind Feat. MC Paul Barman & Mr. Dead 3:04
1. El Ka Bong 1:25
2. MVU - (Act 2) 0:50
3. Yes, I Do Love Them Ho's! 3:46
4. What Are You Afraid Of? 2:27
5. Indiscretion 3:30 (previously unreleased)
1. Profit 2:20
2. The Boston Top Feat. Newkirk & Mr. Dead 3:14
3. MVU - (Act 3) 0:36
4. And The Winner Is? 3:26
5. Gangsta's My Style 2:20
1. The Night My Girlfriend Left Me featuring MC Paul Barman 4:10
2. Live @ 5 2:30
3. MVU - (Final Act) 1:21
4. Think Or Die 1:40
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