💽 Album: 3 Feet High & Rising (1989) 🎨 Artist: De La Soul 🌟 Rating: 9 💿 Top Tracks: Buddy, The Magic Number, Eye Know, Me Myself & I & Say No Go
3 Feet High & Rising is the debut album by hip hop trio, De La Soul. Released at the end of the 80´s, 3FH&R, has since seen rave reviews & can be seen regularly on “best of” lists. It´s no surprise as to why. I´ve been lucky enough to have a few running’s with De La Soul, I saw them twice with Gorillaz last year (which I´m sure through Gorillaz is how many younger fans have come to know them – like me), I saw them play a full set before I saw Kendrick Lamar in Lisbon a couple years ago, & I´ve seen member & DJ, Maseo, perform a very good DJ set.
The album is very light & very positive, which was noted a lot at the time of the release – Leading to DLS to be labelled as hippies. But honestly who gives a fuck? Music should be fun & if it´s something I love, it´s fun music. The intro & several interludes have funny little skits to introduce tracks & break the album up a bit – they´re even credited to inventing the technique. The album has a lot of samples but not reliant on them. Some are only a couple seconds long & the variety of songs sampled is great - Hall & Oates & Steely Dan are amongst my favourites, used on the tracks SNG & EK.
If there´s a song on here that defines how good DLS are, it´s Me Myself & I. Using the funky vibes of Funkadelic´s Knee Deep create a danceable, lovable & timeless hip hop track. It´s playful, it has record scratching and warm vinyl sound. Buddy has a great and very welcome feature of Q-Tip (and Jungle Brothers), as good as I think the album is another couple of features, maybe some female vocals would have worked well earlier on. Apart from this and it being just a bit too long (67 minutes), 3FH&R is an essential listen and hip-hop classic.