Wednesday, September 16, 2009

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

This is one of the the definitive albums of the Golden Age of hip hop (for those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, the Golden Age of hip hop took place from 1986 to 1992, so named because, as Rolling Stone put it, "...every new single reinvented the genre."). It's also of one the greatest debut albums of all time. You know what? I'm just going to come out and say that this is one of the greatest records of all time. Produced by Prince Paul, this album contains the group's most famous single, "Me Myself and I," along with pure gold in tracks like "The Magic Number" (anyone who ever watched Schoolhouse Rock as a kid will love that one), "Ghetto Thang," "Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)," "Eye Know" and "Tread Water," as well as fun little numbers like "Take It Off" and "Can U Keep a Secret." Bottom line? If you feed this to your stereo, it will love you forever.

For fans of: Handsome Boy Modeling School, A Tribe Called Quest, Gorillaz


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