3 Feet

De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising & Opinions on The National

In the digital age, most of us assume that every piece of music that ever was is available at the push of a button. But this week, Jim and Greg bring us a Classic Album Dissection of a recording that, despite its significance, is unavailable on digital platforms: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. They discuss the making of the groundbreaking hip-hop album, its importance, and why this classic is so hard to hear today. Plus, Jim and Greg review I Am Easy To Find, the latest album from indie rockers The National.

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De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising

Jim and Greg explore De La Soul's 1989 3 Feet High And Rising, one of the most enduring albums from the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. It was a recording that broke the mold of what hip-hop could be, utilizing Prince Paul's artful, eclectic production, and Mase, Trugoy, and Posdnuos' unique style.

Greg notes that it's an album that celebrated uniqueness, and made it okay for rappers to be“nerdy”rather than "street". The hosts also dig into the story of the breakout hit from 3 Feet High and Rising, Me, Myself, and I. They also explore how the album's 200 samples set the stage for a decades long legal battle that impacted the sound of hip hop for years to come.


The National Easy to Find

The rock band The National recently released their 8th studio album, Easy to Find. It's a departure from their more sonically solemn ways to venture into more electronic territory. Jim couldn't stand this record, despite liking much of their other material. He thought they misused the electronic elements and didn't feel like they had much to say. Greg agreed, that while The National's last album, Sleep Well Beast, sounded creatively energized, Easy to Find is the opposite. He appreciates that the band tried something different, but ultimately the effort fell short.



“Looking For Lewis And Clark”The Long Ryders

After digging into the Paisley Underground on last week's show, Jim revisits the scene to highlight a band from the Gram Parsons-loving wing of that movement: The Long Ryders. He recalls seeing the band live in the 1980s and being struck by their cover of Bob Dylan's“Masters of War”and makes the case that without their early 1980's interpretation of country there wouldn't have been an alternative country scene in the 1990's- including Bloodshot Records or Uncle Tupelo. The song he wants to hear today is "Looking For Lewis And Clark," a song from State Of Our Union in 1985.

Featured Songs

  1. De La Soul, Me Myself and I, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  2. The National, Roman Holiday, I Am Easy To Find, 4AD, 2019
  3. De La Soul, The Magic Number, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  4. De La Soul, Transmitting Live From Mars, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  5. Joe Bataan, Rap-O Clap-O, Rap-O Clap-O (single), Salsoul, 1979
  6. Eric B. & Rakim, Eric B. Is President, Paid in Full, 4th & Broadway, 1987
  7. James Brown, Funky President (People It's Bad), Reality, Polydor, 1974
  8. Stetsasonic, Sally, In Full Gear, Tommy Boy, 1988
  9. De La Soul, Plug Tunin (Last Chance To Comprehend), 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  10. Johnny Cash, Five Feet High and Rising, Songs of Our Soil, Columbia, 1959
  11. De La Soul, Intro, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  12. The Invitations, Written on the Wall, Hallelujah (single), DynoVoice, 1965
  13. De La Soul, Potholes In My Lawn, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  14. Bob Dorough, Three Is a Magic Number, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks, Lava, 1996
  15. De La Soul, Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge), 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  16. De La Soul, Tread Water, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  17. De La Soul, Say No Go, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  18. Funkadelic, Not Just Knee Deep, Uncle Jam Wants You, Casablanca, 1979
  19. Ohio Players, Funky Worm, Funky Worm (single), Westbound, 1972
  20. Edwin Birdsong, Rapper Dapper Snapper, Funktaztik, Salsoul, 1981
  21. Loose Ends, Gonna Make You Mine, Zagora, MCA, 1986
  22. Doug E. Fresh, The Original Human Beatbox, The Original Human Beatbox (12" single), Vintertainment, 1984
  23. The Turtles, You Showed Me, You Showed Me (single), White Whale, 1966
  24. The Mothers of Invention, Louie Louie (Live At the Royal Albert Hall In London), Uncle Meat, Reprise, 1969
  25. Buddy Guy, First Time I Met the Blues, I Got My Eyes On You (single), Chess, 1960
  26. Gilbert O'Sullivan, Alone Again (Naturally), Alone Again (Naturally) (single), MAM, 1972
  27. Biz Markie, Alone Again, I Need A Haircut, Cold Chillin', 1991
  28. De La Soul, Buddy, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  29. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Windows, Windows, (self-released), 2015
  30. Common, I Am Music, Electric Circus, MCA, 2002
  31. Frank Ocean, Sweet Life, Channel ORANGE, Island Def Jam Music, 2012
  32. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, I'll Be Missing You (feat.112), Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. - EP, Bad Boy, 1989
  33. A Tribe Called Quest, Electric Relaxation, Midnight Marauders, Jive, 1993
  34. Jungle Brothers, Because I Got It Like That, Straight Out the Jungle, Warlock, 1988
  35. Black Star, Brown Skin Lady, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Rawkus, 1999
  36. Lupe Fiasco, Kick Push, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Atlantic, 2006
  37. Kanye West, Spaceship, The College Dropout, Roc-A-Fella, 2004
  38. Murs, The Pain, Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Definitive Jux, 2004
  39. The National, Rylan, I Am Easy to Find, 4AD, 2019
  40. The National, You Had Your Soul with You, I Am Easy to Find, 4AD, 2019
  41. The National, Her Father in the Pool, I Am Easy to Find, 4AD, 2019
  42. The National, Where Is Her Head, I Am Easy to Find, 4AD, 2019
  43. The Long Ryders, Looking For Lewis And Clark, State of Our Union, Universal, 1985
  44. Prince, How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?, How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore? (single), Warner Bros, 1982
  45. Big Star, In The Street, Columbia: Live At Missouri University 4/25/93, Zoo, 1993
  46. Uncle Tupelo, Graveyard Shift, No Depression, Rockville, 1990
  47. XTC, Generals and Majors, Black Sea, Virgin, 1980
  48. Au Pairs, Inconvenience, Inconvenience (single), Human, 1981
  49. Jellyfish, The Ghost At Number One, Spilt Milk, Charisma, 1993
  50. The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses, The Days of Wine and Roses, Ruby, 1982