53) Armond White Music Review of the De La Soul album De La Soul Is Dead -1991-
“hip hop artists seldom get their due regard because their race and their age are held against their ability to create significant work; people seem reluctant to believe that an art form can be
…this casually revolutionized. It’s this “impossible” situation that De La Soul takes as its subject. Tickled and saddened by their surprise success and the demands of celebrity, De La Soul’s three young adults take a fresh perspective on the vicissitudes of Black American life. Privilege and imagination have given them an insightful advantage. De La Soul’s humorous approach responds to…
…De La Soul is Dead is made up of songs and endless good beats, but it smashes the concept of the pop single as a contained, distinct unit and makes it a component in a large-scale work. Not merely concept artists, De La Soul has gone from creating a hip hop dictionary to creating a hip hop encyclopedia. On this ingenious, overflowing album the narrative of the group’s past two years’ experience is made synonymous with the ebb and flow of America’s pleasures and fears…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on the De La Soul album, De La Soul Is Dead, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.
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