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3 Feet High & Rising Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, April 2, 2009
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, October 23, 2001
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Simply put, De La Soul are gods. Everything on this album comes together in a way which few other albums have (not even the later De La albums). It's very interesting to listen to this in 2001 and think that this is what hip-hop could/should have become if not for the "gangstas" of the world.
On all the tracks, it's easy to see that the three members are rapping out of love for the style and don't really care what anyone thinks. There are the names (Posdnous and Trugoy for example), which have to be spelled backwards to begin to understand the jokes; the game show (on which no one can answer the questions); the strange interludes (check out "Can You Keep A Secret"); and the bizarre rapping throughout.
The opening cut "The Magic Number" is pure joy. From the opening verse, it's obvious that these guys must be slightly out of their minds - this is proven throughout the album. Crazy rhymes, silly samples and an attitude of pure fun abound. There's even the infamous "Transmitting Live From Mars" which became the major evidence in one of the early anti-sampling cases. If that isn't enough, listen to "Plug Tunin'" - the intro will get into your mind even if you don't want it to.
Then of course comes the biggest hit from this album - "Me Myself and I". I defy anyone to listen to this track without breaking out laughing at some point - De La Soul are unable to take anything seriously.
On top of it all, there's the DAISY (Da Inna Sound Y'all) motif and appearances by the Jungle Brothers and a very young Q-Tip, all of whom were involved in the Native Tongues movement of the early 90s.Read more ›
Where they dropped "3 Feet & Rising" in 1989, it (with the exception of "A Tribe Called Quest"), it marked a truly substantial album, that shifted the goalpost away from over confident posturing & a dour outlook of the streets, and delivered a supremely confident, assured & Energetic debut that raised the bar for the small 'Intelligent Rap' genre.
This was achieved through several fundamentally important elements. (1) Taking 2 gifted rappers "Posdnuos, Trugoy, & DJ Pasemaster Mase" (to emphasise their sense of humour, try writing down, the two rappers names backwards), that weren't adverse to either, Weaving clever wordplay and deft rhymes, against whimsical playful ideas, and an almost nonsensical humour. (2) Having leftfield Producer (of 'Stetsasonic' fame) "Prince Paul" provide a lot of the musical ideas, image, direction, (and most importantly) sampling, that made up a large percentage of the album. Prince Paul's involved in the project was vital, because instead of collating Hip-Hop samples from the usual sources (Exactly how many times, has "James Brown's - Funky Drummer" been sampled in Hip-Hop??), he went further afield for his samples (much further), so a mixture of: pop, jazz, reggae, and psychedelia, Country, 70's soul, Rock (and, yes the obligatory 'James Brown' sample) were used to construct the musical part of the album.
And from this wildly eclectic ranges of samples, beats, loops.....Read more ›
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I had this as a cassette tape over 20 years ago, but lost it somewhere along the years. Amazon was one of the only places to find and buy a physical copy. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Pen Name
One of the most intellectual pieces of music I've ever heard.Published 6 months ago by Charles Edwards
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Due to some complicated copyright law issues, De La Soul's back catalog cannot be converted legally to digital form. Read more
Would not play on my computer!!! I was very disappointed!!!Published 8 months ago by Carlos R. Montes
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Well, I want to start listening to them, too. But I know for sure that this album (Three Feet High & Rising) will be the one I'm buying first because it's a hip hop classic. So, yeah... this would be a good place to start.
May 26, 2008 by Wynne R. Phillips | See all 2 posts