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3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul

1989

3 Feet High and Rising

Album Summary

3 Feet High and Rising is the debut studio album by American hip hop group De La Soul, released on March 3, 1989[1] by Tommy Boy Records. It is the first of three collaborations with producer Prince Paul, which would become the critical and commercial peak of both parties. The album title comes from the Johnny Cash song "Five Feet High and Rising". The album contains the singles "Me Myself and I", "The Magic Number", "Buddy", and "Eye Know". Critically, as well as commercially, the album was a success. It is consistently placed on lists of the greatest albums of all time by noted critics and publications, with Robert Christgau calling it "unlike any rap album you or anybody else has ever heard". In 1998, it was selected as one of The Source Magazine's "100 Best Rap Albums". It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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Rating

3.6

Votes

700

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

Wonderful, if it's not the Sgt Pepper's of hip-hop, it is the Dark Side of the Moon of hip-hop! Absolute genius, even if it's not on Spotify

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5

One of the best hip hop albums on this list. The game show stuff was a really fun theme throughout. Great lyrics, samples, and beats. Plus Q-tip!

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5

It's genuinely heartbreaking that this album isn't on any streaming services, because it means that De La Soul has fallen out of the conversation of greatest 80s and 90s hip hop groups. This album, their debut, is absolutely brilliant. Funny, corny, listenable. It influenced so many modern artists, and I didn't realize before hearing it how much my favorite albums (such as Wildflower, by the Avalanches) are based on it. I can't identify a favorite song or moment, because they're all so good. This is an instant 5/5 for me, and it's by far the best album on this list that I'd never listened to before.

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5

fun and vibey!!

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5

It’s definitely a fun album that still feels modern even today. Too bad their music doesn’t stream so I can listen to it without YouTube audio compression

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5

Very fun and incredibly clever. Many reviews compare this record to Sgt. Pepper but for hip pop. The comparison is completely understandable. Very fun concept album with great lyricism and wonderful production. The album does not drag even with the track-listing being more than an hour long. The album just feels like a group of friends having fun on the mic and in the studio. Favorite Track: Magic Number Least Favorite Track: De La Orgee

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5

What a fun listen! This album is cited in this site for being of the called "Golden Age of Hip Hop" for a good reason. With a very original concept, a great sense of humour and the incorporation of many different genres from funk to rap rock, this album is a true masterpiece. My only issue is: why tf isn't this album on Spotify? It's so sad that this fun piece of hip hop history hadn't made it to the biggest music streaming service.

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5

Top 10 all time. At Least

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5

How many times did the Batmobile catch a flat???

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5

A fantastic and influential debut album from a talented trio, bringing a new sound and image to hip hop (one somewhat rebuked on their follow up De La Soul is Dead) and recalling the earlier days of classic hip hop. There are so many classic tracks here and is a showcase for the art of sampling, creating something new from something old. Three Is The Magic Number and Me, Myself and I are wicked party tracks, Eye Know is a surprisingly touching hip hop love song and Buddy is an energetic posse cut with like minded acts Jungle Brothers and Q Tip (but seek out the superior 12 inch remix with Phife Dawg, Queen Latifah and Monie Love plus a Kazoo horn section!). The downsides are an obsession with body odour and bad breath and a slew of skits and in jokes which amuse the band but nobody else. For this, a star was almost docked but my love for the band and for some even greater albums that followed since (Buhloone Mindstate, De La Soul is Dead) five stars are coming De La’s way.

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5

retro. loved it

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5

Great album with top notch production and awesome beats throughout.

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5

Unable to stream this anywhere, unfortunately. Fortunately, I still have them on CD. This was the first rap album that I got to really listen to, when my older brother borrowed the tape from a friend. I had no idea music could be this eclectic, creative, playful and downright WEIRD. De La Soul definitely matured as artists, but they never lost their sense of humor or creativity. One thing that separates them from other hip hop acts is the variety of different flows/use of meter that they use. Every album features songs that use off-kilter rhyme schemes, and it all started here. There's precise iambic/trochaic delivery on Me Myself and I, a weird thesis statement at the beginning of each couplet on D.A.I.S.Y. Age, and delayed/echoing rhyme payoffs in Potholes in my lawn, just to name three.

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5

Eye know is such a great song, and in general the album is really good ! 4,5/5

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5

One’s personal high-water mark for hip-hop. The joy and warmth and humor, plus the communal feel of the whole thing. Listening today, one senses there’s perhaps too much filler (or forgettable inserts). This many full-on classics makes this 5. Shame about the lawsuit. And don’t sleep on De La Soul is Dead.

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4

This is actually one of my favorite hip hop albums of its era. From front to back De La Soul show their lyrical prowess and penchant for fireball sampling.

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4

pretty goofy but cool

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4

Few tunes, fun little album!

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4

magic number is such a goooodddd song omgg. the album is good but can feel lengthy sometimes

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4

Curioso que este disco o lo tienes comprado en físico o nada. No es posible su descarga legal ni tampoco el streaming online. Todo parece que se debe a que los mil y un sample incluidos son imposibles de licenciar. Canciones como The Magic Number o Me myself and I, son suficientes para que este álbum estén en esta lista. Hip-hop y Rap del 89 con el aroma de los 90.

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4

Great stuff - never heard of it before.

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4

My favorite album so far (besides London calling). My favorite tracks: Potholes in my Lawn Tread water Ghetto thang The magic number Me myself and I Such a fun album!

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4

83/100: Wow, never heard of this group or album before and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long in my life to find this. What an incredibly fun energy from this album. It sounds like a group of friends just decided to make an album. I can almost picture De La Soul cracking jokes throughout recording sessions. The through line of the game show is both genius and hilarious, and I mean the sheer number of “De La Soul” based plays on words—from “de la clothes” to “de la heaven”—is so damn comical in a great way. Through all the fun, though, this group produced a masterpiece. I saw a YouTube comment (because this album for some reason isn’t on Spotify) calling this album the “Sgt. Pepper’s of rap,” and honestly I see it. This album follows no set of rules—it does what it wants throughout every second of every track. The interlude “Cool Breeze on the Rocks” is a great example of this. This song just sounds like flipping through stations on the radio, but somehow it just works within the context of the album. I wish this album was on Spotify so I can listen to it on repeat for the next week.

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4

Outstanding album. Inteligent, creative Hip hop without Ganstas or mumble. 4/5.

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4

Don’t normally listen to much hip-hop but this took me straight back to the 90’s! Lots of fun to listen to

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4

Jenifa Taught Me - interesting, thoughtful Ghetto Thang - very catchy Eye Know - whistle is a nice touch, very catchy Tread Water - very catchy Potholes in My Lawn - catchy, nice baseline Say No Go - nice baseline, vocals are angelic, drums go well De La Orgee - damn! Buddy - Q Tip!, mellow Me Myself and I - vibe, synth, harmony I Can Do Anything (Delacratic) - optimistic, vibey Happy, lovey dovey, 80s vibes but introspective, a tribe called quest vibes. more weed tho

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4

Classic 4.5

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4

Highlights: Magic Number, Eye Know, Say No Go, Buddy, Description

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4

Yeah this is good

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3

Fun tracks, love the samples

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3

Fun.

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3

Heard a few songs before, overall was very fun liked it a lot

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3

In the middle of my second play through now. Stream of consciousness first impressions - Pretty solid album - Obviously sounds a little dated being over 30 years old but holds up - Enjoy most of the songs and not wanting to skip any - Windows down cruising music or background bbq music - Some pretty good use of samples and a lot of them are recognizable, not altered that much I’m leaning 3/5 right now, solid album and can see how it had an impact at the time. Probably not adding to my main rotation

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3

A very cool album that obviously had a big impact on hip hop going forward, but not one of my all time favorites. I would be interested to know if this was the first use of the word "scrub" in pop music.

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3

Syns da va ganske nice

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3

Some great tracks, but others felt dated

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3

Really fun and really creative. Kind of quirky. Sort of a hip-hop version of Joe's Garage, complete with the weird framing device. I don't usually like hip hop but enjoyed this one. Note it's not on Spotify.

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3

Ehh

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good shit, It's just inconvenient to listen to (not on spotify) and so it's just annoying to figure out, meaning I didn't listen to it a shit ton, so I don't feel like I can really give it a fair score

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3

44 minutes in 😳

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3

Daisy age hip-hop. Gone is the macho posturing and in comes a more hippy/happy vibe - don't let that put you off though. Great samples, great flow exist herein. Though big on skits (I'll never get skits) that sound like a game show, they doesn't detract from the overall quality of the album. Best Tracks: The Magic Number; Eye Know; Me Myself and I

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taste: 3/10 known: 0/10

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2

Sounds like funkmaster sex

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eh

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2

I didn't care for this. It's probably good but I was mostly bored. Sorry that's all I have.

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1

Link doesn't link to 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul, but to The Missing Album by The Noel Redding Band.

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Si tengo que escuchar este disco antes de morirme, prefiero morirme antes.

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