Malcolm McClaren: Your record uses rap to spread that idea.
Prince B.: It doesn’t use rap at all. I’m just feeling my own thing and it comes out so close to rap because it’s talk, it’s conversation. But it’s the lyrics that separate us from the whole rap vibe.
MM: So you don’t consider it rap at all?
PB: No, I haven’t written a rap song in a while. When you do rap, you have to condition yourself to a certain frame of mind. Up-front, in-your-face, laying-it-on-the-line type of sound. Delivery is what I find interesting about rap. The wholeheartedness of it. The words, I don’t really listen to anymore because they’re sadistic.
MM: The boasting thing.
PB: Yeah, that’s how it started out. There were a lot of rappers who were black and trying to prove their manhood, but it’s beyond all that now. It only makes things worse. I think Public Enemy makes mountains out of molehills; N.W.A. don’t say anything at all. The only one I say tells the truth is Ice Cube. He tells it exactly like it is.
—BOMB 37/Fall 1991