De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul Is Dead

by De La Soul
De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul Is Dead

by De La Soul

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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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. ~ Steve Huey

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2023
Label: Chrysalis Records
UPC: 0810098502948
Rank: 11671


Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. Oodles of O's
  3. Talkin' Bout Hey Love
  4. Pease Porridge
  5. Skit 1
  6. Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From The...)
  7. A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'
  8. WRMS' Dedication to the Bitty
  9. Bitties In The BK Lounge
  10. Skit 2
  11. My Brother's A Basehead
  12. Let, Let Me In
  13. Afro Connections At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes of...)

Disc 2

  1. Rap De Rap Show
  2. Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
  3. Who Do U Worship?
  4. Skit 3
  5. Kicked Out The House
  6. Pass The Plugs
  7. Not Over Till The Fat Lady Plays The Demo
  8. Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
  9. WRMS: Cat's In Control
  10. Skit 4
  11. Shwingalokate
  12. Fanatic of The B Word
  13. Keepin' The Faith
  14. Skit 5

Album Credits

Performance Credits

De La Soul   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobby Simmons   Vocals
LaShawn   Vocals
Tonya   Vocals
Charlie Brown   Vocals
Divine Styler   Vocals
Russell Simmons   Vocals
Vinia Mojica   Vocals,Featured Artist
Prince Paul   Vocals
Lisle Leete   Vocals,Keyboards
Jungle Brothers   Vocals
Jennette   Vocals
Naima   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals,Featured Artist
Maseo   Vocals,Scratching
Baby Chris   Vocals
Chi-Ali   Vocals
Tiffany   Vocals
Alexis   Vocals
Posdnuos   Vocals
Squirrel   Vocals
Donnis   Vocals
Mista Lawnge   Vocals
Jarobi White   Vocals
Trugoy the Dove   Vocals
Monique   Vocals
Mike Teelucksingh   Vocals
Kim Carter   Vocals
Anne Roberts   Vocals
Renee King   Vocals
Almond Joy   Vocals
dRes   Vocals
Michael Small   Vocals
Cat Jackson   Vocals
Chris Height   Vocals
DJ Aub   Vocals
Mikey Roads   Vocals
Ronald Chavelier   Vocals
Tesha Sills   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Arrington   Composer
Tim Lathan   Mixing
Bob Marley   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Kevin McCord   Composer
Billy "Bass" Nelson   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Clint Ballard, Jr.   Composer
Eddie Hazel   Composer
Donald Kinsey   Composer
Edna Wright   Composer
Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
De La Soul   Producer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Jean-Claude Vannier   Composer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Lowell Fulson   Composer
Prince Paul   Producer
Lisle Leete   Mixing
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Ralph Kinsey   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Al Goodhart   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Glenn Skinner   Composer
Bill Nelson   Composer
Kelvin Mercer   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Al Hoffman   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Melvin Jones   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Dave Jolicoeur   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Powers   Mixing
Vincent Mason   Composer
Kenton Nix   Composer
Paul Huston   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Joseph Buckingham Jr.   Illustrations
Mark Hicks   Composer
Danny Webster   Composer
Larry Farrow   Composer
Chris Irwin   Mixing
Starleana Young   Composer
Mark Weinberg   Design
Carolyn Johns   Composer
Jeff Perry   Composer
Al Watts   Mixing
Mike Teelucksingh   Mixing
Ray Turner   Composer
Tom Lockett   Composer
Grace Cook   Composer
Andres Titus   Composer
Rodney Mathews   Composer
Pat Gordon   Mixing
Mark Adams   Composer
Anthony Sanders   Mixing
William Smith   Composer
Brian Birthwright   Composer
Melvyn Jones   Composer
Tee Mario   Mixing
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