3 Feet High and Rising [Bonus Disc]

3 Feet High and Rising [Bonus Disc]

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by De La Soul
     
 

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Favoring whimsy over confrontational bluster and an eccentric musical range instead of the same six James Brown samples, De La Soul created 3 Feet High and Rising, one of the most important recordings in hip-hop. While the first decade of rap established it as a music of the 'hood, the 1989 debut from this Long Island trio -- TrugoySee more details below

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Favoring whimsy over confrontational bluster and an eccentric musical range instead of the same six James Brown samples, De La Soul created 3 Feet High and Rising, one of the most important recordings in hip-hop. While the first decade of rap established it as a music of the 'hood, the 1989 debut from this Long Island trio -- Trugoy, Mase (not to be confused with Ma$e), and Posdunos -- proved that hip-hop was a state of mind that could exist anywhere. Establishing themselves as nonthreatening, new-style hippies, De La created an alternative to ghetto tough and buppie suave stereotypes while scoring hits with "Buddy," "Potholes in My Lawn," and "Me Myself and I." Though they moved away from their sunny posture on subsequent releases, their innovations, both cultural and musical, opened the door for an entire school of hip-hop and helped usher a new range of blackness into pop culture.

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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:
10/09/2001
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0016998101926
catalogNumber:
1019

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Tracks

  1. Intro  -  De La Soul
  2. The Magic Number  -  De La Soul
  3. Change in Speak  -  De La Soul
  4. Cool Breeze on the Rocks  -  De La Soul
  5. Can U Keep a Secret?  -  De La Soul
  6. Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)  -  De La Soul
  7. Ghetto Thang  -  De La Soul
  8. Transmitting Live from Mars  -  De La Soul
  9. Eye Know  -  De La Soul
  10. Take It Off  -  De La Soul
  11. A Little Bit of Soap  -  De La Soul
  12. Tread Water  -  De La Soul
  13. Potholes in My Lawn  -  De La Soul
  14. Say No Go  -  De La Soul
  15. Do as de la Does  -  De La Soul
  16. Plug Tunin'  -  De La Soul
  17. De la Orgee  -  De La Soul
  18. Buddy  -  Q-Tip
  19. Description  -  De La Soul
  20. Me, Myself and I  -  De La Soul
  21. This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)  -  De La Soul
  22. I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)  -  De La Soul
  23. D.A.I.S.Y. Age  -  De La Soul
  24. Plug Tunin'  -  De La Soul

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