[Interview] Sex Week: Prince Yahshua - Independence Day
For better or worse, women in porn are like buses. New ones come every hour on the hour, sometimes faster. For men in the game, the issue is a little more complex. If you’re an avid smut consumer, you’ll notice that there are (maybe) 6 consistent black male stars. Count Prince Yahshua among them. The Chicago native got in the game totally by accident. A video of him got in the hands of West Coast Productions. One six figure contract later, and the rest is history. The head of Silverback and the creator of the “Atom Bomb” and the “F-150” (Google it) chopped it up with TWV at this year’s adult expo about racism in the industry, the injury—and reality star—that almost ended his career and why only two percent of guys are cut out for the “mental game” of porn.
The Well Versed: Talk to me about life before the industry.
Prince Yahshua: Life before the industry was growing up, gang banging, selling drugs and going to the penitentiary. Got out, found that there was a different way and here I am.
TWV: Where you from?
PY: Cabrini Green. North side.
TWV: What got you thinking about the adult industry?
PY: I wasn’t. One of the girls that we used to film by the name of Malibu, she wanted to come out and do her thing. Me being computer illiterate, I sent a ten minute tape to all the companies.
TWV: Of you and her?
PY: Yes. They all replied, but said the same thing: Unless she’s physically out here…
TWV: We can’t do anything with her.
PY: Right. So the last company, West Coast Productions hit me back and said, “Who’s the guy?” They shot me a number. We talked, they said “If you can do that in person, I think we’ve got a job for you.” Three days later they flew me out, seven days later, my first $100,000 contract.
TWV: Were you nervous about getting on the plane? A lot of people talk about being on the set versus being at home?
PY: Absolutely not. My life has really been a stage forever. To do what I love doing—fucking—it came natural. Now that I’m a vet, I know it’s a mental game. If you’re mental ain’t there, you’re not going to perform.
TWV: What keeps it fun? Or is it still fun?
PY: It’s still fun. This isn’t my hobby, this is my passion. This isn’t something I do on the weekends. This is my chosen profession. The few of us you see all the time, this is why we’re still here: This is my job and I take it as such.