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Day 335: De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising

29 Jan

The Magic Number

It is records like this that make me regret sticking with the different-record-every-day format.  There is so much going on in De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising—mostly good—that I couldn’t possibly cover it all after a single listen, using 250+ words.

Believe me, I could easily write another one of my trademark “I don’t listen to much hip-hop, so I’m justified in making massive generalizations” posts, but I feel that 3 Feet deserves more than that, even if I can’t do it complete justice in a single day.

Part of this record’s sense of insurmountability comes from its length. With 24 tracks, and clocking in at more than an hour long, there’s a lot to cover.  For instance, that ever-changing-but-somehow-recognizable sound.   I should probably say that I’ve never listened to anything that sounds like this group.  Never before have I heard hip-hop so relaxed and laid back.  Instead of the hate-filled rhymes that I’ve come to expect from the genre, these songs make it sound like it would be pretty easy to have a conversation with these guys.

Granted, it would probably be a pretty…uh…lucid conversation, and one that involved the dudes referencing their names a lot. However, it would definitely be a lot of fun.

As unusual as it is, 3 Feet can’t escape the cliché skits that plague far too many hip-hop records.  The good news is that here, they usually come in five-second snippets at the tail end of songs, so you’re never completely overloaded.  I guess I’ll never get what those are about.

Regardless, listening to this album was a lot of fun.  I would go as far as to say that there isn’t a single awful song on the disc.  Sure, there are some head scratchers, but even those serve a purpose within this enigma.