DE LA SOUL, 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING

Let’s have something all the more merry and lively today shall we?

It’s a slice of hip hop class from the last days of the 80s, sample filled and lively.

delasouldelasoulinner De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising on Big Life/ Tommy Boy Records

SIDE A:

Intro

The Magic Number

Change In Speak

Cool Breeze on the Rocks

Can U Keep a Secret

Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)

Ghetto Thang

Transmitting From Mars

Eye Know

Take It Off

A Little Bit Of Soap

Treadwater

SIDE B:

Say No Go

Do As De La Does

Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend)

De La Orgee

Buddy (With Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest)

Description

Me Myself And I

This Is a Recording for Living In a Full Time Era (L.I.F.E.)

I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)

D.A.I.S.Y. Age

Potholes In My Lawn

“DLSLP 1”

“Proof of Purchase De La Soul”

1989

This is my bragging moment here. I have seen De La Soul live. Yes indeed.

I’m quite proud I got to watch them last year (wish I’d have seen them in the 80s but you can’t win ’em all), for the simple reason that it was at Camp Bestival, and I was with two children.

One of whom hates anything that doesn’t have Katy Perry, One Direction or Little Mix in it, and one who gets shattered by 8.30 in the evening.

De La Soul were headliners on the Saturday, and thus weren’t on until nearly 9pm.

I was very concerned that due to Him Indoors being utterly useless, I would draw the short parenting straw and not get to see them. Plus, I had called parent free duty dibs on the night after for Basement Jaxx. Who I never got to see as I came down with the worst virus ever on the last day and had to stay tent bound all day.

However, I had a genius moment and bought two pairs of industrial ear defenders from a quaint Haberdasher shop in nearby Wool. With onesies on, knackered out from a long day, and with a friendly crowd, the Brats fell asleep.

That, readers who have never read my other blog, is a miracle. If either, if not both, can find a reason to not sleep or behave, they will, and I was prepared to sit just inside the doors of the tent listening from very afar.

It was simply brilliant. They only did a 30 minute set, but my, that set was magic. The field was full of people, jumping up and down, and parent’s with sleeping kids determined as we were to see the genius at work.

They mixed some new one’s in but the oldies got the crowds best reaction. It was great.

My favorite track on here is so hard! There are great little comedy moments on here (hence the huge track listing). There are so many samples it’s hard to pick them all out- you could totally go on Mastermind with the Samples of 3 Feet High as your specialist subject- but I think my overall fave is Say No Go from side b.

We sang it en masse as we left the field as we were gutted that due to a power failure the gig was cut short. Its a great song and was a great moment hearing a festival going mass crowd singing it in good spirits. In fact, such was the brilliance of them live, even a 24 hour set would have been too short.

Hope you enjoy it, I plan on bringing you some more Camp Bestival related tunes, as I’m going again this year.

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