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30 Years Of Hip Hop - Minipieces - De La Soul

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Producer Corinne | 15:46 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009

De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising


Every day on the show this week, I'll be bringing you bonafide Hip Hop classics on fast forward to warm you up for this weekend's 30 years of Hip Hop celebrations on 1Xtra & Radio 1 with the Minipieces (mini masterpieces - geddit?). We're tackling an album per decade per day - Monday is the 80's and De La Soul's seminal '3 Feet High And Rising' reps for the decade.

I remember first hearing this on a tape my dad was given by a friend at his work. My dad liked Me, Myself and I and Eye Know but wasn't too keen on the rest. Even though I was 6 at the time, I loved it and it got rinsed alongside the tapes of 80's soul and the Janet Jackson 'Control' album my uncle had done for me. It was my first ever Hip Hop album and was only surpassed by MC Hammer's 'Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em' as my favourite a year later in 1990... what? I was only young! Tomorrow Nas' "Illmatic" represents for the 90's.


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