Monica moved so quickly she had the contracts ready before I even knew they were being drawn. Recording their groundbreaking debut right before sample clearance lawsuits became a common headache for record labels, Prince Paul and De La Soul reworked snippets of music from a wide range of obscure and well-known sources.
According to the group, it never crossed their minds that the music they recorded would leave such a lasting imprint on the industry. At no point did we think what we were doing would end up being so revolutionary. They may have not realized it, but the album was indeed revolutionary. Quickly becoming a darling of the press after earning rave reviews in NME and The Village Voice , the album sold half a million copies in a mere four months — far exceeding the initial commercial expectations of Tommy Boy.
Record in a interview. Further adding to the layers of confusion surrounding the lawsuit, it was rumored that The Turtles actually liked 3 Feet High and Rising and wanted to work with De La Soul. Meanwhile, their lawyer apparently asked Pos for an autograph while serving him legal papers.
The bulk of their catalog has long been unavailable on all digital and streaming and streaming services despite frequent requests from listeners and high-visibility peers. For a group who would undoubtedly earn significant streams if there catalog were available today, this has hurt both their bottom line and their ability to draw in new fans. De La was finally able to turn the difficult situation into something positive when they ran a Kickstarter campaign for their album and the Anonymous Nobody… and gave away high-quality MP3 rips of their entire catalog for a limited time.
Yet despite this tangible evidence that they still had significant commercial appeal, their Tommy Boy catalog remained unavailable on all digital and streaming platforms. De La Soul have gone on to release other critically acclaimed albums, work with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz.
But the true significance of the album, lies in its unapologetic displays of characteristics that are different from the norm. Currently studying Mathematics and Music at Leeds University.
Generally a fan of all things musical, cultural, and pretentious. Values aesthetic way too much. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Facebook Twitter Flipboard uproxx. View this post on Instagram. September 24, by: Aaron Williams Twitter. As creative environments go, the suburbs of Amityville, Long Island where the three members of De La Soul grew up, are a world away from the streets of New York and Los Angeles that spawned many of their contemporaries.
Right from the start, it was clear that De La Soul were different. Theirs was a kooky, insular world, as reflected in their choice of stage names.
While all were born in New York — Posdnuos and Trugoy in Brooklyn and Mase in the Bronx — their parents joined the exodus of black families from the city to the suburbs in the s and 80s. The proximity to New York enabled them to spend time in the capital of hip-hop, while giving them space to develop a singular, innovative style on Long Island.
De La Soul would become renowned for their lush and eclectic sample-scapes. When it came to sourcing music, nothing was out of bounds. As well as seeking out rarities, the trio were not shy of looking to the mainstream.
It was this thirst for familial cratedigging that led to the creation of the track that would ignite their careers. In late , the trio started working up a live routine, performing over the backbeat of Impeach The President , a single by funk band The Honey Drippers.
It would form the instrumental backbone of the new track, which the trio entitled Plug Tunin. Like many young producers without the means to buy expensive samplers, Posdnuos adopted a pioneering sampling technique using dual cassette decks, creating pause-tape beats to then build up loops.
Recorded: Calliope Studios, New York. Tommy Boy Warner Bros 14 March, Welcome to 3 Feet High And Rising. The following contestants, how are you doing, contestants?Mar 03, · Music video for ‘Eye Know’ Designer Toby Mott immediately sensed the vibe of the record and delivered one of the most distinctive rap album covers: “The intent of the design of De La Soul’s, 3 Feet High And Rising LP cover is to be new and bright, with the overlaying of the fluorescent flowers and text reflecting a synthetic pop cartoon look [ ].