Commentary (music and lyrics not included). Chapters: 3 Feet High
and Rising, Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run, Art Official
Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, de La Soul Is Dead, the Grind Date,
Stakes Is High, de La Soul Discography, Buhloone Mindstate, Aoi:
Bionix, de La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics, the
Impossible: Mission Tv Series - Pt. 1, Live at Tramps, Nyc, 1996,
Clear Lake Audiotorium, Days Off Ep. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 74.
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from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: 3 Feet High
and Rising - Lyrically, the album was unusual for its time. Even
beside its exhortations for peace and harmony, many of the songs
are personal and heartfelt recountings of early sexual intercourse
("Jenifa Taught Me"), love ("Eye Know") and insecurity regarding
personal appearance and fashion ("Can U Keep a Secret," "A Little
Bit of Soap" "Take It Off"). With the exception of "Do As De La
Does," there is very little profanity on the album, in contrast to
most hip hop albums from the time period. Many of the lyrics are
humorous and/or nonsensical, and are inventive and original,
stylistic predecessors of MF Doom and Busta Rhymes; Posdnous
compares the rhymes to dance in "The Magic Number" ("the phrasing
Fred Astaires"). Many of the listeners who compared the group to
hippies criticized the album for a childlike, simple approach at
complex issues, as on "Tread Water," where a series of animals
exhort the listener to maintain a positive mental attitude.
Supporters point to songs like "Say No Go" as a realistic portrayal
of the pitfalls of drug abuse. The title, besides being a Hall
& Oates sample, is a reference to Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No"
campaign; Posdnous criticizes Reagan, but applauds the sentiment.
The song was deeply personal for Posdnous, whose own brother was
addicted to crack cocaine. Th...http: //booksllc.net/?id=194539
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