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De La Soul’s Debut Becomes A National Treasure

By / 04.12.11

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As residents of a renown, yet contained community, it is still vital that we protect our own and stick up for one another when outsiders breach our gates. They come in various forms, mostly as leeches, looking to use our trustworthy brand in solely their best interests until our usefulness no longer fits their needs. Nonetheless, monumental achievements in Hip-Hop may have slowed in favor for quick fix social media spoils, but they do still occur on occasion.

Most politicians—if not all—would probably always associate a “Plug” solely with an electrical socket, but that didn’t prevent De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising from being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” as the newest addistion to the Library Of Congress, in conjuction with the National Recording Registry.

The Native Tonguers join other hip-hop acts, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Public Enemy and 2Pac in the NRPB. Pac’s “Dear Mama” was inducted into the registry last year, while Flash’s “The Message” was added in 2003 and P.E.’s Fear of a Black Planet LP was honored with the distinction in 2005.

Released in 1989, 3 Feet High and Rising was praised by the NRPB for “bucking hip-hop’s increasing turn toward stark urban naturalism in the late 1980s” with an “upbeat and often humorous album [released] to widespread acclaim in the U.S. and abroad.” [XXL]

This is nothing more than purely undisputed, time-tested 5 Cig material, kids. While most 20+ album/mixtapes of the present day are bloated for the sake of aimlessly hoping something will catch on, Pos, Maseo and Dave were active thinkers outside of the box without come across as a contrived, manufactured act. They were ahead of their time and the accolades are still catching up. Much respect.

De La Soul LP Added To Library Of Congress [XXL]

Since we’re in a time warp consisting of daisy’s and flat-tops, here’s an oldie but goodie from the Arsenio Hall Show. It’s just…

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