Today In Hip Hop History: De La Soul Releases ‘Buhloone Mindstate’ LP 22 Years Ago

On this date in 1993, De La Soul dropped their third full length studio album

The legendary Long Island Hip Hop trio known as De La Soul showed and proved that the third time is the charm when they released their Buhloone Mindstate album two years after their oxymoronic De La Soul Is Dead LP. Marketed and promoted by Tommy Boy Records for DSL’s third time around, Buhloone Mindstate flew pretty much under the radar, but still managed to make 10th on comedian Chris Rock‘s top 25 Hi pHop albums of all time as published by Rolling Stone magazine.

The most familiar single would be “Breakadawn”, which features the unforgetable samples from Michael Jackson‘s “I Can’t Help It” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Quiet Storm”. Even the late great Guru from Gangstarr made an appearance on “Patti Dooke”, making this project one of the most well rounded LP’s from the three Plugs.

Salute to Trugoy, Mace and Posdnous for this classic project!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

De La Soul Celebrates The Anniversary Of “De La Soul Is Dead”

May 13 marks the anniversary of the De La Soul 1991 release of “De La Soul Is Dead” which is being celebrated by Nike with a re-release of De La Soul’s shoe

Legendary rap group De La Soul is working on a new album and they call it “The Most Exciting Project That They’ve Ever Done”. This time around Posdnuos, Trugoy, and PA Pasemaster Mase will be sampling themselves and linking up with some of their own favorite acts.

We have a fantastic cast of artists we’re collaborating with. So far Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents; and we’ll have more announcements of collabs to come.”

Outside of working on their highly anticipated new project, May 13th is a special date for De La Soul as it marks the anniversary of the 1991 release of “De La Soul is Dead”. It was their second full length project and one of the first albums to ever receive five mics in The Source Magazine. The Long Island natives’ influence transcended music. Their eclectic and out of this planet nature was embraced on a cross-cultural level and worshiped by the anti-conformist skateboarding crowd who pledge allegiance to the individuality that De La Soul has always represented. De La Soul’s swag and style made an impression on the Marketing geniuses at Nike who didn’t abandoned their hip hop roots just because they got bachelor degreed-up and entered corporate America.

In 2005, Nike was smart enough to understand the commercial appeal of Hip Hop that Tupac said would set the precedence of cool in mainstream society. Phil Knight’s (Owner of Nike) marketing and PR team released the De La Soul dunk high premium SB in honor of the group. This became one of Nike’s most successful collaboration to date. Nike is now re-releasing the De La Soul in a low version on May 16th, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the original and in celebration of “De La Soul is Dead”. Nike says,

The new Dunk is an all-new high version complete in premium white leather with vinyl holographic uppers once again featuring 3 Feet High’s iconic album cover artwork.”

Fans can keep up with updates of the De La Soul’s new project here: KickStarter

-Abesi Manyando (@abesipr)

Today In Hip Hop History: Rawkus Records Releases The ‘Lyricist Lounge Volume One’ Album 18 Years Ago

On May 5th, 1998 Rawkus Records released the first installment of the Lyricist Lounge albums titled Lyricist Lounge, Volume One, which showcased New York. It was a double-disc compilation that featured De La Soul, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Tash of Tha Alkaholiks, Punch & Words, O.C, Ras Kass, Black Thought, Common, Pharoahe Monch, Saul Williams, Kool Keith, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Bahamadia, Rah Digga, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Jurassic 5, KRS-One, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Last Emperor, and Company Flow.

This CD is one of those that you don’t get often. It had incredible and intensely clever wordplay, and was great for the culture because of the positive support it showed for hip hop. Back then everyone thought hip-hop was rap music and rap music was gangsta. It made people think twice before making an assumption like that. Any hip-hop purist who enjoys freestyles and great rhymes that make you think then this is the album for you.

Listen to De La Soul’s New Song, “God It”

Legendary Hip-Hop group De La Soul has been busy lately. After successfully raising enough founds for their new album, De La Soul has unveiled what they consider to be an “appetizer” to their forthcoming LP, a dope cut featuring Nas, titled “God it.”

Take a listen to the track below, and get ready for their new album.


– Def Soul (@DefSoulNJ)

Consequence Spills Vocab About Bottle Girls, Music, And Reality TV


The Queen’s-bred emcee is back. Guard your bars!

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Premiere: Get Down With The Get Down In Slum Village’s “Yes Yes” Video

Funny how things happen for a reason. I just downloaded De La Soul’s Da.I.S.Y. and while it was downloading I watched the Still Shining documentary on J Dilla on De La’s website. All of you should check it out to understand a fraction of the impact J Dilla had on some of Hip-Hop’s greatest. Shortly after watching it, I received an email to premiere “Yes Yes.” I didn’t even watch it and I replied with a “Yes Yes.” Oh, and I had just covered NYC’s first annual #NYLovesDilla show on Sunday.

When I posted up the single over a month ago, I thought it couldn’t get any better. Then they announced that all of the proceeds would go to charity. And now, we get a pretty hilarious video to go with it. The retro styled video comes complete with Jheri curls, disco balls, neon writing, and corny dance moves. But its all good because the music is far from corny. Illa J, Young RJ, and T3 hold it down on the mic while J Dilla did was he did best-composing flawless beats that could be harder than two day old grits or smoother than fresh honey. In this case, it’s most definitely the latter.

But I haven’t even told you the best news. This is the first single off of Slum Village’s Vintage EP. And after that? They’ll release an LP titled YES which will feature Chance The Rapper, Jon Connor, BJ The Chicago Kid, De La Soul, and Phife. YES is scheduled to make everyone’s life better this summer.

BTW: Peep the Throwback Thursday on the TV in the video. Didn’t plan on premiering the video so it would drop on #TBT, but like I said, funny how things happen for a reason.

Directed by: Ryan Lightbour

Bryan Hahn (@notupstate)

De La Soul Wants You To “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” …For Free!


It’s the return of the Da.I.S.Y. age. After depicting the death of the Da.I.S.Y. on the cover of 1991’s De La Soul Is Dead, the trio decided to revive it.

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New Music From De La Soul – ‘Dilla Plugged In’

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Just one day after the 25th anniversary of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul pays homage to Detroit’s J Dilla by releasing, “Dilla Plugged In.”

“Dilla Plugged In” will be featured on De La Soul’s upcoming mix tape, Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.which will feature production from Dilla. De La Soul also plans on releasing another mix-tape, Premium Soul On Rocks, which will lead up to their eight studio album, Your Welcome

De La Soul has collaborated with Dilla on songs such as “Thru Ya’ City, “Stakes Is High” and Verbal Clap.” 

Listen to “Dilla Plugged In” and let us know what you think.
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Wish De La Soul’s Debut Album, “3 Feet High And Rising”, A Happy 25th Birthday

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On this day, 25 years ago, the iconic trio De La Soul released an album that would change the course of Hip Hop forever. Off Tommy Boy Records, De La Soul’s debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising set the standard for what rap should (and would) sound like.

Along with producer Prince Paul, the group crafted a sonic landscape of sampled songs, sounds and snippets unheard of before in Hip Hop. Where most producers sampled either James Brown or P-Funk, De La and producer Paul were borrowing from recordings by an unlikely host of artists usually not affiliated with hip-hop sampling like Johnny Cash, Hall and Oates, Otis Redding, The Turtles and a French language instructional record.

3 Feet High And Rising also introduced the “skit” concept, which is now almost too prevalent on rap albums. 3 Feet High And Rising also spawned hits and raps classics like, Me, Myself And I, Potholes In My Lawn, Plug Tunin’, Buddy, Say No Go, The Magic Number and Eye No.

The album’s funky and dreamy 1960’s and 1970’s inspired attitude, coupled with the group’s concept of “The D.A.I.S.Y. Age, an acronym for “Da Inner Sound Y’all” caused people to inaccurately refer to the group as “hippies”.

The album’s diverse subject matter, which tackled things like poverty, individualism, drug abuse, love, materialism, commercialism and Hip Hop cliches, as spoken about on the track Take It Off, cause many to label it rap’s first intellectual album.

3 Feet High And Rising would also feature other members of the musical collective the group was a part of called The Native Tongues with guest appearances by A Tribe Called Quest , The Jungle Brothers and Monie Love.

3 Feet And Rising is one of the most influential Hip Hop albums in music history.

Matt Whitlock – @mattwhitlockPM

Dilla Day Weekend Continues The Producer’s Legacy in Detroit

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Dilla Day is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated holidays recognized annually on the birth date of the celebrated hip-hop producer, J-Dilla. Born on February 7, 1974, this year’s celebration marks what would have been Dilla’s 40th birthday. 

The Source’s list of Dilla’s Top 10 Production Credits

Headlined by De La Soul, the event highlight included an epic emcee battle with DJ Premier vs Pete Rock; both spinning up hits from the industries most loved artists from Jay-Z, Nas, Common, Gang Starr, KRS One, Rakim and more.  A special video release from Phife Dawg from the Tribe Called Quest and set from Slum Village and De La Soul wrapped up the night.

Commonly unknown to today’s hipster-hip-hop fans of the 90s, Dilla Day continues to highlight contributions one of the rawest and true versions of the hip hop/ instrumental art form. “It’s a shame that he didn’t receive his kudos while he was alive, but his legacy is strong. Dilla Day is an opportunity for new fans to get acquainted with his importance and for old fans to set a day aside to appreciate his contributions.” said William Ketchum, long-time J-Dilla fan and entertainment journalist.

Many still ask if J Dilla is still relevant. With his untimely death on February 10, 2006 from complications from Lupus, hip hop has since developed a new sound, new look and new attitude.

“It’s wonderful that Dilla Day is recognized via the net and among the hip hop community, but it HAS to be a holiday in Detroit. He’s the first person that comes to mind when the word producer even comes up in conversation. He came from DETROIT. Not the suburbs, not the nice part; that man came from the hood and took his music EVERYWHERE. He worked with TONS of people, and always kept Detroit with him in the process,” says Knox from the The Olympicks.

“J Dilla is one of the most important figures in black music, and the impact he has made can still be heard today. Two of the last year’s most important musicians, Kanye West and Pharrell, revere J Dilla as hip-hop/music royalty. The soulful aura of his production and his immaculate drum work helped fuel the careers of much of the neo-soul and conscious rap movements: Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Common, D’Angelo, Talib Kweli, and more, all owe gems to J Dilla. And since then, other producers have grown from his influence,” Ketchum adds.

Stay in touch with the J Dilla Foundation and check out Dilla Day for yourself next February in Detroit.