DE LA SOUL / “Trying People”

MP3 14b Trying People.mp3 (4.25 MB)

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Nadir Bomani Says:
March 11th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

My man David Winger sold me “3 feet high” for $7 in our high school hallway. All I can remember him saying was: “I can’t describe this shit! They have game shows on this muthaF…” The fact that De La’s debut disturbed this hip hop aficionado so much made me want his copy on the spot. I’ve been a fan ever since.

I agree with the “grown man” analysis. In fact, most of my “grown ass circles” have waxed poetic on this same “grown ass subject” from “Buhloone MindState” to “Mission Impossible”.

I’m writing this for “3 feet”. Not to dispute if it was too “cute”, “playful”, “silly”, or “trippy”, but to remind folk that none of those “adjectives” could be used to describe any hip hop album released before this late eight gem. Pos was admittedly “19 years young” during this time.
So the thought process that spewed “Breakadawn,” “I Am I Be,” and “Tryin’ People” were not dormant; just evolving.

PE’s “Nation” were the first to consistently give hip hop samples from activists, religious leaders, and multi layered breaks (Not to mention bomb ass song titles).

NWA’s “Compton” brought the comedic and confrontational skits/dialogue that were woven into most of their songs (a technique that would soon be used in most west coast cuts)

De La’s “3 Feet” was the first album to be completely metaphorical (i.e. Potholes In My Lawn was about rappers stealing their rhymes). And they sampled everything (From School House Rock commercials to George Clinton).

Soon, it would be okay to dig even more…
it would be okay to be so damn trippy
so damn disturbing
so damn original

Paul Says:
March 14th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

For what it is worth I as a white mid-thirties European enjoyed growing up with Dela Soul, too. They are the only artists of which I bought every album that came out, and loved it (with the partial exception of A.O.I.2-Bionix).

       Mtume says:        

I didn’t mean it like that, Paul. But still, point taken. emoticon

Paul Says:
March 15th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Dear Mtume,
Did not mean to comment your piece just add to the praise of Dela. Your point about fear of growing old (or at least 30) and the way DelaSoul deal with that as artists is a great example of how they while talkin bout their daily life transcend this reality to say something about the human condition.
By the way, Soulsides features a link to a promo from the 3-feet era:

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