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3 Feet High and Rising Import
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|2. The Magic Number|
|3. Change In Speak|
|4. Cool Breeze On The Rocks|
|5. Can U Keep A Secret|
|6. Jenifa (Taught Me)|
|7. Ghetto Thang|
|8. Transmitting Live From Mars|
|9. Eye Know|
|10. Take It Off|
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|1. Freedom Of Speak (We Got Three More Minutes)|
|2. Strickly Dan Stuckie|
|3. Jenifa (Taught Me)|
|4. Skip To My Loop|
|5. Potholes In My Lawn|
|6. "Me, Myself And I"|
|7. Ain't Hip To Be Labeled A Hippie|
|8. Whats More|
|9. Brain Washed Follower|
|10. Say No Go|
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Two CD pressing of the Rap trio's genre-defining 1989 debut album includes a bonus disc containing 14 rare B-sides and remixes: 'Freedom Of Speech (We Got Three Minutes'), 'Strickly Dan Stuckie', 'Jenifa (Taught Me)' (Twelve Inch Version), 'Skip To My Loop', 'Potholes In My Lawn' (Twelve Inch Version), 'Me Myself & I' (Oblapos Mode Version), 'Ain't Hip To Be Labelled A Hippie', 'What's More', 'Brain Washed Follower', 'Say No Go' (New Keys Version), 'Mad Daddy On The Left', 'Double Huey Skit', 'Ghetto Thang' (Ghetto Ximer Version) and 'Eye Know' (The Know It All Mix). 38 tracks in all. Warner.
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. --Douglas Wolk
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the original cd was mixed pretty ..low, and this re-master is EVEN LOWER. i popped the original in, turned it down just so i could barely hear the words, put the re-master in and i couldn't hear ANYTHING. tommy boy really ... the guys over on this one.
Here's my review:
Intro: A little game show start to the album.
The Magic Number: It's 3. The magic number is 3,I mean.This is just a good,fun song.
Change In Speak: What can I say? A normal hip-hop song,with fun lyrics,and a cool beat.
Cool Breeze On the Rocks: An array of samples involving the word "rock". I'd like it if De La made it a bit longer.
Can U Keep A Secret: GOD IS THIS FUNNY! Sometimes I find myself whispering "Posdnuos...has dandruff."
Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge): A fun,strange,and weird song about,um,sex.But it's pretty good.
Ghetto Thang: Just like what I said about Change In Speak.
Transmitting Live From Mars: Huh? It's really confusing.Aparrently,a french tape is played over a sort of creepy beat.Enough said.
Eye Know: Exactly like what I said about Ghetto Thang.Except there is a little bit of love in the song.
Take It Off: All these people are telling someone to take all these things off.I just don't understand it.
A Little Bit Of Soap: Another one I don't understand. But it's funny. Listen-"Just take your big a** to the bathroom and please use a little bit of soap!"
Tread Water: A good song with funny lyrics and a bob-your-head beat.
Potholes In My Lawn: This is one of my favorites. It's mix of yodeling and rapping is clever,with a cool beat. Just a great song.Read more ›
It's suprisingly that hip hop headz at the time who were weened on the nilistic, violent LA gangsta rap of NWA and the urgent, consious grooves of Public Enemy embraced De La and "3FAR" like they did since this album was so [darn] QUIRKY!! This is one hip hop album that happily colors outsides the lines. Offbeat humor, strange rhymes, and eccentric and smattered samples abound. Unlike the stone-faced aderaline of NWA and PE, De La Soul were happily offbeat, happy, and friendly. They were surburban kids with two much time on thier hands. They didn't know anything about Compton or South Bronx but they did know how to be very whimiscal though.
Produced by Prince Paul, "3 Feet" begins with the classic game show-parody intro and into the gleeful "The Magic Number" with it's multiple samples and scrathes. The quirky DJ strach-a-thon "Cool Breeze On The Rocks" which features snippets of everything from Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" to Gregory Abbott's only hit "Shake You Down" to a Run-DMC track.
"Eye Know" with it's Steely Dan sample and "Say No Go" with the Hall & Oates lift(" I Can't Go For That(No Can Do)") actually went left and sampled far more abstract sounds away from the James Brown samples everyone else was using at the time.
The hilarious "Take It Off" (Take that jheri curl off/ TAKE IT OFF!!) and "Transmitting Live From Mars" which sets a obscure French instructional record to a Turtles sample is just so offbeat and odd, you get the punchline. "De La Orgee" will crack you up as well!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I would give it a higher rating but YOU CANNOT rip it to itunes or your computer because of the god damn DRM protection, this CD is protected against piracy.. Read morePublished 20 months ago by andy gutierrez
I love this CD! The songs are excellent, important and honest. There is no gratuitous violence or sex - although it does discuss both, and it does not shy away from important... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2012 by onlygoodbooksplease
More than just a landmark debut hip-hop album, De La Soul's 3 ft. High and Rising is truely a piece of art. Read morePublished on May 17 2011 by Carlos Mayhem
next to the beastie's paul's boutique, my favorite rap album. it's just so celebratory and fun. just as with most rap albums, the skits are interesting and occasionally humorous... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Davy
This is right up there with It Takes A Nation of Millions, Straight Out of Compton, and Raising Hell as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Hippie Smell
Yeah.I would also like to suggest this other masterpieces as well:
A Tribe Called Quest- Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instictive Travels and the Paths of... Read more
4 1/2 stars really (the skits lost it the usual masterpiece's 5 star rating) and essential to Hip Hop's evolution. Of the soul.Published on April 5 2004 by The Sesh