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De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Douglas Wolk

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.

1. Intro13. Potholes In My Lawn
2. Magic Number14. Say No Go
3. Change In Speak15. Do As De La Does
4. Cool Breeze On The Rocks16. Plug Tunin (Last Chance To Comprehend)
5. Can U Keep A Secret17. De La Orgee
6. Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)18. Buddy (Ft Jungle Brothers/Q-Tip)
7. Ghetto Thang19. Description
8. Transmitting Live From Mars20. Me Myself And I
9. Eye Know21. This Is A Recording 4 Living In A Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)
10. Take It Off22. I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)
11. Little Bit Of Soap23. D.A.I.S.Y. Age
12. Tread Water24. Plug Tunin (Original 12 Inch Version)


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Artist: De La Soul

Released: March 8, 1989

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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