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De La Soul

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28 articles


De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising (Tommy Boy/Big Life)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, 18 March 1989


De La Soul: Three Feet High And Rising (Big Life LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 18 March 1989

ARE YOU ready for Martian hip-hop? Can you handle the new nutty boys of rap, the maddest, baddest bunch on the block? Can you imagine ...

De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 23 March 1989

DE LA SOUL HAS already mastered the three Js of postmodernism: juxtapose, juxtapose, juxtapose. Welcome to the first psychedelic hip-hop record. ...

De La Soul: Soul Deep High and Rising

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 1 April 1989

They're Public Enemy's favourite band and their debut LP 3 Feet High And Rising is the world's first psychedelic Rap album mixing Day-Glo, Disney, dance ...

De La Soul: Space Cadets

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, 8 April 1989


De La Soul's Hippie-hop: Psychedelic Rappers Introduce the DA.I.S.Y. Age

Profile and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 4 May 1989

"HELLO, YOU'VE reached Mars. What can I do for you?" Trugoy the Dove is on the telephone in the tidy basement of his parents' house ...

John Zorn, Scott Johnson, De La Soul, Negativland, The Beatnigs: The Decomposers

Overview by Mark Dery, Elle, September 1989

MAYBE IT all began in 1917 with the harmless-looking urinal "R. Mutt" entered in the Society of Independent Artists New York show. ...

De La Soul: Brothers From Another Planet

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 21 October 1989

HIPPIES!?! Never! No sirree! Ignore the paisley, the peace signs, the flowers, the speccy Lennonisms, DE LA SOUL are truly brothers from another planet, extra ...

Sampling: Bite This

Report by Frank Owen, Spin, November 1989

When De La Soul sampled a Turtles oldie, the Turtles weren't flattered. So they sued. Does their legal action threaten the existence of hip hop? Is ...

De La Soul: "Chicken sandwich! Hyaphehehe hyupaheehee who ha ha!"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 November 1989

Geddit? Neither do we actually, but then it seems we're not supposed to. That's De La Soul for you. Chris Heath wrestles with the grumpiest ...

Jazzy Jeff And Fresh Prince/De La Soul: Superstars Nightclub, Toronto

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 24 March 1990

IT'S LIKE stumbling back in time. As yet another rap package rolls across the land of the Mounties, De La Soul find themselves in the ...

Digital Underground, Coldcut and De La Soul Jam The Beat

Interview by Mark Dery, Keyboard, March 1991

DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, De La Soul, and Coldcut make musique concrete for boomboxes. These three bands, all on the Tommy Boy label, have achieved, perhaps unwittingly, ...

Cool Hip Hop: De La Soul De-flowered

Interview by Steven Daly, Spin, May 1991

Declaring that De La Soul Is Dead, the beat-box beatniks turn ornery. Have they lost the plot? Or are they writing it? STEVEN DALY explains. ...

De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (Big Life BLR LP8)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 14 May 1991

'Intro'; 'Oldies Of O's'; 'Talkin' Bout Hey Love'; 'Pease Porridge'; 'Skit 1'; 'Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From The BK Lounge)'; 'A Roller Skating ...

De La Soul: Malice In Wonderland

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 25 May 1991

With their new album, De La Soul Is Dead, the founders of the hippy hop movement have turned their back on peace, love and positivity. ...

De La Soul: Pushing Up Daisies

Interview by Steven Daly, Blitz, June 1991

De La Soul are back, but rap's original hip-hop hippies are no longer wearing flowers in their hair. De La Soul Is Dead, the long-awaited ...

De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1991

De La Soul's Serious Fun ...

De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, PM Dawn: Wembley Hall, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 5 October 1991

DIRE STRAITS fans are huddled in masses in the near vicinity, oblivious to the fact that the real revolution is being televised in this makeshift ...

De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate (Big Life BLRCD 25 CD/MC/LP)

Review by Kodwo Eshun, Wire, The, November 1993


De La Soul

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Sunday Times, The, July 1996

IN 1989, DE LA Soul's debut album Three Feet High And Rising was hailed by New York's Village Voice as "the Sergeant Pepper of hip ...

De La Soul: The Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, 7 March 1997

THE WORLD outside this venue thought De La Soul was dead. Ever since their follow-up to the 1989's landmark 3 Feet High and Rising announced ...

De La Soul: Bar Cuba, Macclesfield

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, 1998

As part of a British mini-tour ahead of an album set for September, America’s most innovative hip hop outfit came to a small, friendly club ...

Hip Hop Don't Stop

Overview by David Bennun, Hot Air, 1999

A LITTLE over two minutes into The Fugees' 1996 hit 'Ready Or Not', the voice of Lauryn Hill is thrown into relief by a brief ...

De La Soul: "You may not know this but a long time ago we made an album called 3 Feet High And Rising…"

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 29 July 2000

Sit down, De La Soul want to tell you the greatest hip-hop story ever told… ...

De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence (Mosaic Thump)

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2000

NO ONE who saw the packed, mostly young, black crowd reveling in the house party atmosphere of De La Soul's last UK gig in 1997 ...

De La Soul: Reissues

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2003

How New York's hippie hoppers ushered in the philosophical D.A.I.S.Y. Age. And then pronounced themselves Dead. ...

Rhymin' And Stealin'

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, September 2003

Back in 1986 hip hop entered a golden age — lyrical revolution, sonic innovation, and individuality — that gave rise to such rap legends as ...

De La Soul Is (Not) Dead: Inside the Anonymous Nobody

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 7 September 2016

30 years after the release of its groundbreaking first album, 3 Feet High and Rising, we catch up with this legendary crew. ...


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