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3 Feet High and Rising
3 Feet High and Rising
Studio album by De La Soul

Released

3 March 1989

Recorded

1988-1989 at Calliope Studios (Brooklyn, NY)

Genre

Hip hop, alternative hip hop

Length

65:59

Label

Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records

Producer

De La Soul, Prince Paul

De La Soul chronology

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De La Soul Is Dead (1991)

3 Feet High and Rising is the debut album by American hip hop group De La Soul, released in 1989 by Tommy Boy Entertainment. The album marked the first of three full-length collaborations with producer Prince Paul, which would result in the critical and commercial peak for both parties. 3 Feet High is consistently placed on 'greatest albums' lists by noted music critics and publications. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Albums.

A critical and commercial success, the album contains the well known singles, "Me Myself and I", "The Magic Number", "Buddy", and "Eye Know". The album's title was inspired by a line in the Johnny Cash song "Five Feet High and Rising". The album is discussed in detail by De La Soul in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique. It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by Prince Paul and co-produced by De La Soul.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 1:41
2. "The Magic Number" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:16
3. "Change in Speak" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer, Patterson, Scipio 2:33
4. "Cool Breeze on the Rocks" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 0:48
5. "Can U Keep a Secret" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 1:41
6. "Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)" Trugoy, Posdnuos Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:25
7. "Ghetto Thang" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:36
8. "Transmitting Live from Mars" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 1:12
9. "Eye Know" Posdnuos, Trugoy Becker, Fagen, Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 4:13
10. "Take It Off" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 1:53
11. "A Little Bit of Soap" Posdnuos Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 0:57
12. "Tread Water" Trugoy, Posdnuos Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:46
13. "Potholes in My Lawn" Trugoy, Posdnuos Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:50
14. "Say No Go" Posdnuos, Trugoy Allen, Hall, Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer, Oates 4:20
15. "Do as De La Does" Maseo, Posdnuos, Trugoy, Prince Paul Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 2:12
16. "Plug Tunin' (Last Chance to Comprehend)" Posdnuos, Trugoy Jolicoeur, Mercer 4:07
17. "De La Orgee" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 1:14
18. "Buddy" Trugoy, Posdnuos, Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip Davis, Hall, Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer, Small 4:55
19. "Description" Trugoy, Maseo, Posdnuos, Q-Tip, Prince Paul Davis 1:32
20. "Me Myself and I" Trugoy, Posdnuos Clinton, Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer, Wynn 3:50
21. "This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 3:10
22. "I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)" - Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 0:41
23. "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" Posdnuos, Trugoy Huston, Jolicoeur, Mason, Mercer 4:43
24. "Plug Tunin' (Original 12" version)" Posdnuos, Trugoy Jolicoeur, Mercer 3:43

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