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ReCollect: De La Soul

Are These The Best De La Soul Songs Ever?

We’re so excited that Hip Hop’s elite, Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo AKA De La Soul are back and with their most recent cut, And The Anonymous Nobody, their ninth studio album that sored into the charts at number 16 and hit number 1 on the Vinyl Chart back in August.  They release it with a short thirty minute documentary that is now viewable online.

Reclaiming their status as ‘Kings of Hip Hop’ and continuing to push out credible, solid and entertaining tracks there is no other Hip Hop group (with the possible exception of Public Enemy) that can boast the same longevity and total authenticity as De La Soul. They have created so many classics that it is virtually impossible to narrow their best down to a small selection but we’ve done it anyway and if your personal favorites didn’t make the list, let us know what they are…
1. Me, Myself & I (1988)
Arguably their most famous and most recognizable song, released as a single in August 1988 and taken from their debut album release, 3 Feet High And Rising. Can you believe that this track is nearly thirty years old?2. Held Down (2001)
Taken from the Art Official Intelligence: Bionix album and featuring Ce Lo Green none the less. Cool as a cucumber.
3. The Magic Number (1989)
The uber cool and happy opener of their debut album 3 Feet High & Rising. What is not to love about this track?
4. De La Soul ft. Common – The Bizness (1996)A standout track taken from the 1996 masterpiece Stakes Is High featuring a very young Mos Def.
5. De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays” (1991)The voice of a generation and their first ever single taken from De La Soul Is Dead. This feel good classic features guest vocals from Q-Tip and Vinia Mojica.


Buddy (Remix) – De La Soul ft Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest & Monie Love
Buddy was the third single from De La’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. The video version features the Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip & Monie Love.


Say No Go (1989)

We couldn’t do a best list without mentioning this track right? This was the  bands anti-drugs message using THAT Hall & Oates sample.  Taken also from 3 Feet High And Rising it reached number 18 in the UK chart.We salute De La Soul for never selling out, not following the masses, not being gangsta and their intelligent yet highly humorous lyrics.Word to the mother.
photo credit: Di Matti