31) Armond White Music Review of De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising album -1989-
“De La Soul’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising is an epic about the young-adult African-American
male’s state of mind…Each delightfully obscure cut (produced by Prince Paul of Stetsasonic) is a challenge to think and to dance, and it all comes together on “Tread Water” where the group’s measured rapping shows them keeping time consciously, politically: it was a while before I realized that De La Soul wasn’t just redefining a figure of speech but were using vernacular to make a political observation on social conditions. The verses in “Tread Water” recount an…”
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