De La Soul's Maseo Announces Solo Project, Featuring Mac Miller, KRS-One
Exclusive: The man who helped co-produce and scratch on numerous classics confirms that Prince Paul and De La Soul are doing a full album together.
De La Soul's member Maseo recently spoke at Los Angeles' Red Bull Music Academy event. The veteran deejay and producer alluded to an upcoming solo project. "I'm working on a project called DJ Conductor, where I'm producing new artists and my friends that I've been wanting to work with for a long time," said the Brooklyn, New York native in parts of the Red Bull interview exclusively published by HipHopDX. "I've got songs with KRS-One, got a song with Freddie Foxxx, got a song with Mac Miller, Fashawn, a couple of cats that I'm inspired by, and I'm finally doing something that I've been needing to do for a long time."
Having made records for over 20 years, Mase added, "The new talent always drives me; it's always been the thing that drives me."
However, Maseo entered the game as a student of Prince Paul, who juggled the late 1980s and early 1990s as a member of Stetsasonic and producing (along with Maseo) De La Soul's first three albums. Maseo confirmed that the producer and trio are indeed reuniting, "Of course, we're making a De La [Soul] album with Prince Paul. I'm in a good place with where things are."
Maseo recalled Paul's advice early in the protege's career as, "Have experiences that I haven't with this hip hop thing and number two, turn around and do the same thing for somebody else that I'm doing for you."
Video to Maseo's Red Bull lecture is posted below: