- Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Tommy Boy
- ASIN: B000000HHE
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,159 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
3 Feet High & Rising
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Two CD pressing of the Rap trio's genre-defining 1989 debut album includes a bonus disc containing 14 rare B-sides and remixes: 'Freedom Of Speech (We Got Three Minutes'), 'Strickly Dan Stuckie', 'Jenifa (Taught Me)' (Twelve Inch Version), 'Skip To My Loop', 'Potholes In My Lawn' (Twelve Inch Version), 'Me Myself & I' (Oblapos Mode Version), 'Ain't Hip To Be Labelled A Hippie', 'What's More', 'Brain Washed Follower', 'Say No Go' (New Keys Version), 'Mad Daddy On The Left', 'Double Huey Skit', 'Ghetto Thang' (Ghetto Ximer Version) and 'Eye Know' (The Know It All Mix). 38 tracks in all. Warner.
De La's debut represented a new path for hip-hop, a reaction to conventions that had turned into clichés. It was friendly and playful enough to cross over to a pop audience (thanks to Prince Paul's production, which found the funk hiding inside Steely Dan and "Schoolhouse Rock"), but complicated and tough enough to be hugely influential in the hip-hop world. Cryptic but ecstatic, and sometimes sexy (especially the ingenious double-entendre "Buddy"), Trugoy and Posdnuos's lyrics invented a "new style of speak," dense with self-invented slang and metaphors. The hits, including "Say No Go" and "Me Myself And I," are delightful, but the little sketches and sound-experiments between them make the whole disc flow effortlessly. --Douglas Wolk
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Unfortunately the printing of this special edition disc is defective. All the tracks are staticy and distorted. I misplaced the copy I ordered from Amazon and once I found it the return window was expired so I couldn't sent it back. Now I'm stuck with coasters of a beloved album. I've owned it before but someone always steals it.
I dunno, De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising," (along with records like the Stone Roses album) sometimes make me think that 1989 was some sort of high watermark for popular music.
Calling a record a 'classic' or 'landmark' loads on a lot in the way of expectation, but this album can easily carry it off.
It doesn't need stuffy admiration or solemn praise.
It's fun. It just is.
Originally I had the vinyl with the tricky cover that didn't wear so well.
From Amazon I got the anniversary version of the CD with the bonus disc and I'm glad I have it.
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For those that don't know this was the first Hip Hop album to feature skits inbetween the tracks.Read more