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Bloggerhouse Presents: The Return of The Shelved Album (Resident Alien)

by Travis on August 18, 2010

Resident Alien – Mother’s Day

Resident Alien – Ooh The Dew Doo Man

Although Prince Paul’s brain child, Resident Alien, has enjoyed the rounds around the internet for the past couple of years, at one time this was a rather rare gem. I’m not sure if I’m the first blogger to post this up back in the summer of 2006, but I’m pretty sure WYDU was one of the first ones.  After Paul’s success with De La and Stetsasonic, our good friend Russell Rush, aka Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen gave Paul his own label under the Def Jam umbrella and to be distributed by Def Jam called Dew Doo Man. The only thing properly released from this project and Dew Doo Man records was “Mr. Boops” b/w “Ooooh The Dew Doo Man” & “Shakey Ground.” Needless to say, apparently Russell and Lyor were not overly excited about the single and the result was the single never got pushed. The album, It Takes a Nation of Suckas To Let Us In, was supposed to drop in 1990, but kept getting pushed back, until finally the album was shelved and Paul was eventually relieved of his duties has head of Dew Do Man Records. It was rumored that it was this project and his failed endevour that resulted in Paul going into a deep depression then later drop the “Pyschoanalysis” and probably had a lot to do with the Gravedigga’s theme as well.

With Paul, you never know what to expect. This is someone who has been involved with Stet, De La, Gravediggas, and made the brillant “Prince Among Thieves”, the only common trait all these projects share is that it is all creative and “different”. The album is a loosely based concept album that Paul is known for. As far as sounds go, it’s along the De La sound, something that I would think Russell and Def Jam would be excited about, although the stories and songs are a little off the wall, but what do you expect from Paul?? As far who is actually “Resident Alien”, I’m not entirely sure, it’s been said it was three friends of Paul who weren’t really even rappers. You can pick out Dres and Maceo from De La on “Mr. Boops” but there are always more than one voice on the majority of the songs, so not completely sure who is who.

Resident Alien - It Takes a Nation of Suckas To Let Us In (Rush Associated Labels/Dew Do Man Records, No Release Date)

1. Intro
2. The Resident Alien
3. I Yam What I Yam
4. The Ox Tail, The Burger & Chic
5. Miss Lee
6. Shakey Ground
7. Ardicle Don
8. Horrorscope
9. Midtro
10. Ooh The Dew Doo Man
11. Mr Boops
12. Alone
13. State Of Emergency
14. Are You Ready
15. We Na Play
16. Wanna Be (Russell)
17. Mother’s Day
18.Third World
19. Extro
20. Welcome To America

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wboothe August 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

I believe their earliest appearance was on the De La track \Double Huey Skit\. Double B (the short dude if you remember the Dew Doo Man video) rhymed with Mase on that track.

Didn’t really care much for Mr. Boops, but I thought Dew Doo Man (which featured Mic Teluxe, another artist signed to the label) and Shakey Ground (featuring Superstar from Horror City) were both dope tracks.

Was a little underwhelmed when I finally heard the album though.

CasUno August 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

I snatched this up within 2 years ago, but Big Ups for letting others play catch up to catching up cause this classic was a myth until I finally got years and years later.

Dope Ish.
I know the Doo Dew Man!

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