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The most inventive, assured, and playful debut in hip-hop history, 3 Feet High and Rising not only proved that rappers didn't have to talk about the streets to succeed, but also expanded the palette of sampling material with a kaleidoscope of sounds and references culled from pop, soul, disco, and even country music. Weaving clever wordplay and deft rhymes across two dozen tracks loosely organized around a game-show theme, De La Soul broke down boundaries all over the LP, moving easily from the groovy my-philosophy intro "The Magic Number" to an intelligent, caring inner-city vignette named "Ghetto Thang" to the freewheeling end-of-innocence tale "Jenifa Taught Me Derwin's ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The most inventive, assured, and playful debut in hip-hop history, 3 Feet High and Rising not only proved that rappers didn't have to talk about the streets to succeed, but also expanded the palette of sampling material with a kaleidoscope of sounds and references culled from pop, soul, disco, and even country music. Weaving clever wordplay and deft rhymes across two dozen tracks loosely organized around a game-show theme, De La Soul broke down boundaries all over the LP, moving easily from the groovy my-philosophy intro "The Magic Number" to an intelligent, caring inner-city vignette named "Ghetto Thang" to the freewheeling end-of-innocence tale "Jenifa Taught Me Derwin's Revenge." Rappers Posdnuos and Trugoy the Dove talked about anything they wanted up to and including body odor, playing fast and loose on the mic like Biz Markie. Thinly disguised under a layer of humor, their lyrical themes ranged from true love "Eye Know" to the destructive power of drugs "Say No Go" to Daisy Age philosophy "Tread Water" to sex "Buddy". Prince Paul from Stetsasonic and DJ Pasemaster Mase led the way on the production end, with dozens of samples from all sorts of left-field artists -- including Johnny Cash, the Mad Lads, Steely Dan, Public Enemy, Hall & Oates, and the Turtles. The pair didn't just use those samples as hooks or drumbreaks -- like most hip-hop producers had in the past -- but as split-second fills and in-jokes that made some tracks sound more like DJ records. Even "Potholes on My Lawn," which samples a mouth harp and yodeling for the chorus, no less, became a big R&B hit. If it was easy to believe the revolution was here from listening to the rapping and production on Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, with De La Soul the Daisy Age seemed to promise a new era of positivity in hip-hop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 016998101926
  • Catalog Number: 1019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
De La Soul Primary Artist
Jungle Brothers Track Performer
Q-Tip Track Performer
Technical Credits
De La Soul Arranger
Prince Paul Arranger, Producer
Sue Fisher Engineer
Paul Huston Composer
Vincent Mason Composer
Trugoy the Dove Arranger
Bob Coulter Engineer
Kelvin Mercer Composer
David Jolicouer Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Even more ahead of their time

    I remembered listening to this cd when it was new and thinking it was amazing. Listening to it twenty years later tells me just how ahead of the curve De La Soul was. Awesome CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    De la soul is great! They are one of the most creative groups out there.

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    Posted October 23, 2008

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