3 Feet High and Rising

~ Release group by De La Soul

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
3 Feet High and Rising CD 24 London Records, PolyGram, Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) 838 528-2 042283852822
3 Feet High and Rising 12" Vinyl 23 Big Life DLS LP1 5016721341211
3 Feet High and Rising CD 24 Big Life DLS CD1 5016721641212
3 Feet High and Rising 12" Vinyl 23 Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) TBLP 1019 016998101919
3 Feet High and Rising CD 24 Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) TBCD 1019 016998101926
3 Feet High and Rising CD 24 BCM Records 50195 4005934501957
3 Feet High and Rising 2×CD 24 + 14 Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) TBCD 1019 016998101926
3 Feet High and Rising 2×CD 24 + 14 Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) 1699-81019-2 016998101926
3 Feet High and Rising 2×CD 24 + 15 Tommy Boy (imprint, bearing the Tommy Boy logo) TBCD 1019 016998101926
Promotion
3 Feet High and Rising 2×Digital Media 24 + 14 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) [none]

Relationships

included in: Original Album Series (De La Soul)
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 53)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 346)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000199727 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/8357 [info]
Wikidata: Q1079807 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/De_La_Soul:3_Feet_High_And_Rising_(1989) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/de_la_soul/3_feet_high_and_rising/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nmw6 [info]

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An acknowledged classic, De La Soul's debut album now resides in something of a vacuum. A little like Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, this is a record of such startling originality that was paradoxically to lead the band eventually down a creative dead end. The 'D.A.I.S.Y. Age' message of positivity (shared by fellow travellers like A Tribe Called Quest), was originally put forward as an answer to the increasingly violent, misogynistic world of rap. But one look around today seems to confirm that their message, while both intelligent and deftly put, fell on a lot of deaf ears. But for a brief spell, it looked like Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur), and Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason) had shown the direction that hip hop should take.

While the 'concept' of the gameshow around which the album hangs (with producer, Prince Paul weighing in as well) was always a little tedious, what lies in between is still sparklingly different. Paul's use of samples from sources not usually associated with the genre (Steely Dan? Hall And Oates? The album's title was taken from a JOHNNY CASH song!) may seem ordinary now (Kanye West is still trying to convince us he's being original by using 70s AOR - pah), but at the time it was groundbreaking. Ironically it was also what led to the legal minefield that such snippets provide for each new hip hop album as The Turtles sued for the use of You Showed Me on Transmitting Live From Mars.

And what of the subject matter? Here the issues addressed are hippie philosophy (Tread Water), first love (Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)), drug abuse (Say No Go), body odour (A Little Bit Of Soap), and, amazingly for a rap record, self-doubt (Can U Keep A Secret). It was all delivered in that self-deprecating style with oodles of humour. And while the 'hippie' tag bothered the band for years, it was a palatable blend that could have taken rap beyond material gain and gang beefs. If only...