March 8, 2023 Playlist

De La Soul "3 Feet High And Rising" (1989)
De La Soul "3 Feet High And Rising"  1989 (USA)
We recently lost a hip-hop pioneer and underground music legend: David J. Jolicoeur, better known as "Trugoy The Dove", "Plug Two", or simply "Dave" from De La Soul has passed away. Though their debut is not my favorite De La Soul album, it truly was the most groundbreaking rap album of 1989. After years of track suits, gold chains, and boasting over disco beats, in 1988 Public Enemy had just blown everybody's minds by taking rap in a revolutionary direction nusically and politically. Then here comes De La Soul, surreal "hippies" from the suburbs (Long Island) giving expression to a facet of the Black experience not often heard from (nerdy stoners). Although their pals Jungle Brothers actually beat them out of the gate by a year (and A Tribe Called Quest would surpass them in popularity), it was De La Soul's debut album that made "alternative rap" into a thing. Of the two main rappers in De La, Kelvin Mercer a/k/a "Posdnous" always got the most attention (he was "Plug One" after all), and he is a brilliant, charismatic rapper - but "Dave" was the one who always grabbed my attention for his weirder rhymes and laid back vibes. "Plug Three" is P.A. Mase aka Maseo (Vincent Mason) the DJ, who also raps and sings with the group more often than most DJ's do. The "fourth De La" on their early albums was their brilliant producer Prince Paul (Hudson), who made sampling psychedelic. Unfortunately, 21st century corporate media monopolization has made the sampling techniques Paul used virtually impossible today - De La Soul's albums were unavailable on digital streaming services until very recently because of all the copyright claims (and the band probably won't get much if any money from their music because of all those sampling royalties). At least you've got the Kosmik Radiation show whose DJ curator still has original copies of their classic albums to play for you!
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
A Tribe Called QuestCan I Kick It?People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm1990USA
Dr. Octagon
(Kool Keith, Automator & DJ Qbert)
I Got To Tell You
   / Earth People
Dr. Octagonecologist1996USA
Beastie BoysHigh Plains DrifterPaul's Boutique1989USA
Luscious JacksonStrongmanNatural Ingredients1994USA
U.S. Girls PumpBless This Mess (N)2023 (4AD)USA/Canada
Wednesday Campanella Little Red Riding Hoodsingle (N)2023 (Warner Japan)Japan
Quasi Riots & JokesBreaking The Balls Of History (N)2023 (Sub Pop)USA
Tropical Fuck Storm 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) (Jimi Hendrix)Submersive Behaviour (N)2023 (Joyful Noise)Australia
Gorillaz (with De La Soul)Feel Good Inc.Demon Days2005UK/USA
De La SoulThe Magic Number3 Feet High And Rising
De La SoulEye Know3 Feet High And Rising
De La SoulSay No Go3 Feet High And Rising
Jungle Brothers
(with De La Soul, Q-Tip, Queen Latifah & Monie Love)
Doin' Our Own DangDone By The Forces Of Nature1989USA
De La Soul
(with Maceo, Fred & Pee Wee from The JB's)
Patti DookeBuhloone Mindstate1993USA
A Tribe Called QuestBuggin' OutThe Low End Theory1991USA
The PharcydeOh ShitBizarre Ride II The Pharcyde1992USA
New KingdomMother NatureHeavy Load1993USA
MF DoomOne BeerMM..Food2004USA
GonjasufiDustA Sufi And A Killer2010USA
Digable PlanetsBlack EgoBlowout Comb1994USA
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
(with Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard,
Reggie Workman)
Ping-Pong (Wayne Shorter - live)Ugetsu1963USA
Wayne Shorter
(with McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman & Elvin Jones)
Yes Or NoJuju1964USA
Miles Davis
(with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,
Ron Carter & Tony Williams)
Prince Of Darkness (Wayne Shorter)Sorcerer1967USA
Miles Davis
(with Wayne Shorter
, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter,
Tony Williams & George Benson
Paraphernalia (Wayne Shorter)Miles In The Sky1968USA
Wayne Shorter
(with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin,
Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette)
IskaMoto Grosso Feiorec. 1970, rel. 1974USA
Jiro Inagaki & Soul MediaThe Ground For PeaceHead Rock1970Japan

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