De La Soul Is Dead

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
On their notorious second album, De La Soul went to great lengths to debunk the daisy-age hippie image they'd been pigeonholed with, titling the record De La Soul Is Dead and putting a picture of wilting daisies in a broken flowerpot on the cover. Critics and fans alike were puzzled as to why the group was seemingly rejecting what had been hailed as the future of hip-hop, and neither the reviews nor the charts were kind to the album. It isn't that De La try to remake their sound here -- Dead keeps the skit-heavy structure of the debut, and the surreal tone and inventive sampling techniques are still very much in evidence. But, despite a few lighthearted moments "Bitties in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
On their notorious second album, De La Soul went to great lengths to debunk the daisy-age hippie image they'd been pigeonholed with, titling the record De La Soul Is Dead and putting a picture of wilting daisies in a broken flowerpot on the cover. Critics and fans alike were puzzled as to why the group was seemingly rejecting what had been hailed as the future of hip-hop, and neither the reviews nor the charts were kind to the album. It isn't that De La try to remake their sound here -- Dead keeps the skit-heavy structure of the debut, and the surreal tone and inventive sampling techniques are still very much in evidence. But, despite a few lighthearted moments "Bitties in the BK Lounge," the disco-flavored "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'", a distinct note of bitterness has crept into De La's once-sunny outlook. On the one hand, they're willing to take on more serious subject matter; two of the album's most powerful moments are the unsettling incest tale "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa" and Posdnuos' drug-addiction chronicle "My Brother's a Basehead," both true-life occurrences. Yet other tracks betray a brittle, insular state of mind; one running skit features a group of street thugs who ultimately throw the album in the trash for not having enough pimps, guns, or curse words. There are vicious parodies of hip-house and hardcore rap, and the single "Ring Ring Ring Ha Ha Hey" complains about being harassed into listening to lousy demo tapes. Plus, the negativity of the bizarre, half-sung "Johnny's Dead" and the hostile narrator on "Who Do U Worship?" seemingly comes out of nowhere. Dead is clearly the product of a group staggering under the weight of expectations, yet even if it's less cohesive and engaging, it's still often fascinating in spite of its flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/1991
  • Label: Rhino / Ada
  • UPC: 016998102923
  • Catalog Number: 81029
  • Sales rank: 53,057

Album Credits

Performance Credits
De La Soul Primary Artist
Technical Credits
De La Soul Producer
Prince Paul Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Joseph Buckingham Jr. Illustrations
Robby Krieger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LONG LIVE DE LA SOUL!!!

    De La Soul's second joint was very hot. This album was fun, and after listening you could tell that De La and Prince Paul had fun making the album. Even the skits were entertaining. 1991 was one of hip hop's best years ever and this was one of the hottest albums that came of in 91.

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