3 Feet High & Rising (LP)


De La Soul

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BillyJam 05/26/2014

Like the Beasties' Paul's Boutique De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising is another sample happy masterpiece production (and one that consequently landed the artists and label in legal issues). When the young Long Island trio's debut album was unleashed on the rap world in 1989 it was totally unlike anything else out there up to that point. It blew people’s minds with its pioneering quirky yet accessible approach to the genre, opening it up to whole new possibilities. A fun, joke and skit-filled, sample-fueled, one-hour plus, 24-song, five star release with head-nodding, timeless tracks like “Say No Go,” “Ghetto Thing,” “Buddy,” and “Me, Myself, and I.” While De La's emcees Posdnous, Trugoy The Dove, and Maseo (Plugs One, Two, & Three), were definitely masters at their craft, much of the credit goes to “Plug Four” (as he was also known), their producer Prince Paul - then of Stetsasonic fame. It was his backdrop of diverse sounds and samples that created a melange of ever shifting moods and paces for the young trio to play off of. An amazing rich tapestry of sounds. Five star LP!



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
De La Soul 01:41
2.
The Magic Number
De La Soul 03:16
3.
Change in Speak
De La Soul 02:33
4.
Cool Breeze on the Rocks
De La Soul 00:47
5.
Can U Keep a Secret?
De La Soul 01:40
6.
Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)
De La Soul 03:25
7.
Ghetto Thang
De La Soul 03:35


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Transmitting Live from Mars
De La Soul 01:11
2.
Eye Know
De La Soul 04:13
3.
Take It Off
De La Soul 01:52
4.
A Little Bit of Soap
De La Soul 00:49
5.
Tread Water
De La Soul 03:52
6.
Potholes in My Lawn
De La Soul 03:50


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Say No Go
De La Soul 04:20
2.
Do as De La Does
De La Soul 02:06
3.
Plug Tunin' [Last Chance to Comprehend]
De La Soul 04:12
4.
De la Orgee
De La Soul 01:13
5.
Buddy
De La Soul 04:54


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Description
De La Soul 01:31
2.
Me, Myself and I
De La Soul 03:40
3.
This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)
De La Soul 03:19
4.
I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)
De La Soul 00:41
5.
D.A.I.S.Y. Age
De La Soul 04:42

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