3 Feet High and Rising is one of those landmark albums in my life. It was 1989, I was in college, and I was a sheltered middle-class suburban kid – I had no idea what hip-hop was; the only “urban” music I knew was rap, and I had no real connection to rap music.
If I’d been curious, or more into music at that point in my life, I would have found a whole world of awesome music shoved under the moniker of hip-hop back then. As it was, it would take me another twenty years before I would really discover and appreciate hip-hop.
My best friend in college was from Athens, Georgia, and was determined to widen my musical perspective. She introduced me to music outside of my narrow southern-tinged classic-rock leanings. She introduced me to alternative music, obscure-to-me college radio bands, and De La Soul.
It’s been 26 years since that album came out, and I still listen to it. De La Soul continues to be a creatively unique force in hip-hop, in spite of never making it “big” in terms of record sales.
They recently opened a Kickstarter to fund their ninth stuido album, and they met their goal within two days. And even though they’ve made their goal and more, you should check it out because they talk about the upcoming album (check out the other musicians who are contributing to the album) and have some awesome rewards. I personally would love one of the ridiculous De La Soul thumb drives (in case you were wondering).