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3 Feet High and Rising is the debut studio album by the American hip hop group De La Soul, released on February 6, 1989,[2] by Tommy Boy Records. It was the first of three collaborations with the producer Prince Paul, and was the critical and commercial peak of both parties. The album title comes from the Johnny Cash song "Five Feet High and Rising".[3] The album contains the singles "Me Myself and I", "The Magic Number", "Buddy", and "Eye Know".

The album was a critical and commercial success. It is consistently placed on lists of the greatest albums of all time by noted critics and publications, with Robert Christgau calling it "unlike any rap album you or anybody else has ever heard".[4] In 1998, it was selected as one of The Source's "100 Best Rap Albums"[5] and in 2020 was ranked 103 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[6] 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".[7] As of 2023, it is the only De La Soul album to be certified platinum by the RIAA.[8]

Along with the rest of De La Soul's back catalog, 3 Feet High and Rising was not made available for digital purchase or streaming until 2023, due to concerns about the legality of the samples for digital releases.[9]

Musical style

Released amid the late-1980s boom in gangsta rap, which gravitated towards hardcore, confrontational, violent lyrics, 3 Feet High and Rising stood out from this trend by showcasing De La Soul's more positive style.[10] The mirth and intelligence of De La Soul's self-presentation led many observers to label them a "hippie" group; however, this characterization was disputed by De La Soul themselves.[11] On the album, De La Soul sought to explicitly distance themselves from gangsta rap by "lampoon[ing] emerging tropes" such as the growing materialism within the genre.[12] Their lyrics are instead characterized by a variety of "bizarre and surreal" choices of subject matter, such as dandruff, gardening metaphors, and "Dr. Dolittle-esque interactions with animals".[13]

3 Feet High and Rising uses a sample-heavy production style; in addition to sampling from funk and soul tracks, as was popular in the hip-hop of the era, the album also draws from sources such as doo-wop, psychedelic rock, and children's music.[12][11] It has been described as "the first psychedelic hip-hop record".[14] The album has also been noted for its use of unconventional song structures.[8]


The album's artwork was designed by Toby Mott's and Paul Spencer's radical British art collective the Grey Organisation (GO).[15] In 1986 Mott and Spencer had moved from London to New York after GO's infamous paint attacks on Cork Street art galleries, where they began working as bicycle messengers. By 1989, GO were exhibiting their paintings around the East Village and working as art directors for Tommy Boy Records and MTV (among others) making music videos for various groups, such as Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Rolling Stones.[16] GO also began designing album covers for groups such as Information Society and De La Soul, most notably 3 Feet High and Rising.[17]

The album features a recurring lyrical motif of the "D.A.I.S.Y. Age", an acronym that stands for "Da Inner Sound, Y'all".[18] This concept also inspired the design of the album cover, as Mott describes in his essay "Hip Hop in The Daisy Age":

We have come up with the 'Daisy Age' visual concept. De La Soul visit our loft where we lay them down on the floor facing up, their heads making a triangle. We photograph them whilst hanging precariously off a step ladder, one idea being that the cover would not have a right way up. CD's [sic] have yet to be the dominant musical format so the vinyl album sleeve is our most effective way of making a statement. We layer the brightly-coloured hand drawn flower designs made with Posca paint pens on acetate over the black and white photographic portrait print, which is rostrum camera copied. This is well before the time of Apple Macs and scanning etc. [...] The intent of the design of De La Soul's, 3 Feet High and Rising LP cover is to be new and bright, with the overlaying of the fluorescent flowers and text reflecting a synthetic pop cartoon look [...] This is a move away from the prevailing macho hip hop visual codes which dominate to this day.[17]

Group member Trugoy has stated that De La Soul was not originally interested in the flower-adorned cover that the album ultimately featured; instead, he said the group had wanted an album cover that featured "an elevator halfway up with just our faces."[19]

Reception and influence

Professional ratings
Review scores
Daily News[21]
Record Mirror5/5[24]
Rolling Stone[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[25]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[26]
The Village VoiceA−[28]

3 Feet High and Rising received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. "An inevitable development in the class history of rap, [De La Soul is] new wave to Public Enemy's punk", wrote Robert Christgau of the album in his 1989 "Consumer Guide" column for The Village Voice. "Their music is maddeningly disjunct, and a few of the 24-cuts-in-67-minutes (too long for vinyl) are self-indulgent, arch. But their music is also radically unlike any rap you or anybody else has ever heard — inspirations include the Jarmels and a learn-it-yourself French record. And for all their kiddie consciousness, junk-culture arcana, and suburban in-jokes, they're in the new tradition — you can dance to them, which counts for plenty when disjunction is your problem."[28] Rolling Stone magazine's Michael Azerrad called 3 Feet High and Rising "(o)ne of the most original rap records ever to come down the pike", and described it as an "inventive, playful" record which "stands staid rap conventions on their def ear."[14] When The Village Voice held its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 1989, 3 Feet High and Rising was ranked at number one, outdistancing its nearest opponent (Neil Young's Freedom) by 21 votes and 260 points.[29]

Sampling artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and the Turtles, 3 Feet High and Rising is often viewed as the stylistic beginning of 1990s alternative hip hop (and especially jazz rap).[30] Writing in retrospect for The A.V. Club, Nathan Rabin credits Prince Paul for helping "create progressive hip hop" with his production on 3 Feet High and Rising,[31] while author John Riordan says "its comedy skits and positive lyrics established the group as a progressive hip-hop act at odds with the increasingly violent image of mainstream rap."[32] Phil Witmer of Noisey cites De La Soul's "sampledelia" on the album as an "old-school" example of sampling being applied to "jarring, collage-like effect".[33] 3 Feet High and Rising is also credited with introducing the hip hop skit, a style of comedic sketch used both to introduce rap albums and as interludes between songs.[34]

On the Billboard charts, 3 Feet High and Rising peaked at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts and No. 24 in the Top 200.[citation needed]

Retrospective opinion

3 Feet High and Rising has been included on numerous "best-of" lists. In 1998, the album was included in The Source's "100 Best Albums" list.[35] It was ranked number 346 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time",[36] maintaining the ranking in a 2012 revision of the list,[37] then rising to number 103 in a 2020 revision.[38] 3 Feet High and Rising was voted number 138 in the 2000 edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums,[39] while in 2005, it ranked 88th in a survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.[40] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[41]

In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at No. 20 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".[42] In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 9 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[43] Spex listed 3 Feet High and Rising at No. 5 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the Century.[citation needed] The album has also been ranked as among the top albums of 1989 by publications including Rolling Stone, The Face, Record Mirror, Sounds, OOR, and Melody Maker.[citation needed]

An NPR retrospective, published in 2023, stated that 3 Feet High and Rising "reshaped the public imagination of what hip-hop could be", and that it "still sounds wondrous and weird" in the musical landscape of the 2020s.[11]

Electronica artist James Lavelle cited 3 Feet High and Rising as one of his favorite albums. "It was definitely a reaction to the slightly more hardcore area of what was going on in hip hop. As a concept record, it's probably one of the best ever. It's like the Pink Floyd of hip hop, their Dark Side of the Moon – the way it musically and sonically moves around, but also the use of language was so unusual and out there."[44]

Macy Gray felt it was "the best record of the past 15 years" in a Q magazine, describing De La Soul as "like the Beatles of hip hop."[45] The Village Voice, meanwhile, described 3 Feet High and Rising as "the Sgt. Pepper of hip hop".[citation needed]

In 2011, 3 Feet High and Rising was among 25 albums chosen as additions to the Library of Congress' 2010 National Recording Registry for being cultural and aesthetical and also for its historical impact.[46]

America's recorded-sound heritage has in many ways transformed the soundscape of the modern world, resonating and flowing through our cultural memory, audio recordings have documented our lives and allowed us to share artistic expressions and entertainment. Songs, words, and the natural sounds of the world that we live in have been captured on one of the most perishable of all of our art media. The salient question is not whether we should preserve these artifacts, but how best collectively to save this indispensable part of our history.

— James H. Billington from the Library of Congress[46]

The track "The Magic Number" was used in the end credits of the 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home as a reference to the three iterations of Peter Parker that appear in the film.[47]

Digital release

3 Feet High and Rising, along with the rest of De La Soul's catalogue up until their 2004 release, The Grind Date, was not made available for digital purchase or streaming until March 3, 2023, due to concerns about the legality of the samples for digital releases. Tommy Boy enlisted the music licensing company DMG Clearances to secure clearance for the samples, but talks failed with many of the copyright holders, as they were reticent to become involved with ongoing conflicts between De La Soul and Tommy Boy. After Tommy Boy sold De La Soul's catalog to Reservoir Media, DMG Clearances restarted talks in January 2022 and negotiated licenses for most of the samples. De La Soul interpolated or replayed samples that could not be cleared.[48]

Track listing

3 Feet High and Rising track listing
2."The Magic Number"
3."Change in Speak"
4."Cool Breeze on the Rocks"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
5."Can U Keep a Secret"
6."Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)"
7."Ghetto Thang"3:36
8."Transmitting Live from Mars"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
9."Eye Know"4:13
10."Take It Off"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
11."A Little Bit of Soap"
12."Tread Water"
13."Potholes in My Lawn"3:50
14."Say No Go"4:20
15."Do as De La Does"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
16."Plug Tunin' (Last Chance to Comprehend)"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
  • Linzer
  • Randell
  • Crewe
  • Manzel Bush
17."De La Orgee"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
18."Buddy" (featuring Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip)4:55
20."Me Myself and I"3:50
21."This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)"
22."I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)"
  • Mercer
  • Jolicoeur
  • Mason
  • Huston
23."D.A.I.S.Y. Age"
24."Plug Tunin'" (Original 12" version[49]) 3:43

Track listing notes:

  • On the original issues, "Plug Tunin' (Original 12" version)" is exclusive to CD releases; UK releases move "Potholes In My Lawn" to the final track.
  • Some copies of the bonus disc reissue contain "The Magic Number (Chad Jackson Hip Hop Version)" as track 15 on disc two.
  • Otis Redding is only credited as a featured artist on "Eye Know" on 2023 digital releases.
  • Songwriting credits sourced from 2023 digital release; original release only officially credited sampled artists as songwriters for "Change in Speak" (Patterson & Scipio), "Eye Know" (Becker & Fagen), "Say No Go" (Hall, Oates, & Allen), and "Me Myself & I" (Clinton & Wynne)
  • All tracks are produced by Prince Paul and De La Soul, except "Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)", produced by Prince Paul, De La Soul, & Michael Fossenkemper, and "Description", produced by Prince Paul, De La Soul, and Q-Tip.


Information taken from AllMusic.[50]



Certifications for 3 Feet High and Rising
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[69]Platinum1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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External links


Veröffentlichungen von De La Soul die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

The Grind Date ¦ 3 Feet High And Rising ¦ And The Anonymous Nobody ¦ De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

De La Soul ist eine US-amerikanische Hip-Hop-Gruppe, bestehend aus den Rappern Kelvin Mercer (* 1969) und Vincent Mason (* 1970), die 1987 in Amityville, New York, gegründet wurde. Zur Gruppe gehörte bis zu seinem Tod im Februar 2023 auch David J. Jolicoeur (1968–2023).[1]


Zusammen mit Bands wie A Tribe Called Quest und den Jungle Brothers bildete De La Soul Ende der 1980er und Anfang der 1990er Jahre die Gruppe der Native Tongue Family, einer Bewegung, die sich statt der damals üblichen Gangsta- und Ghettolyrics mit sozialen Themen beschäftigte und auf ein freundlicheres Image setzte. Es wurde No School und/oder Next School genannt.

Die drei Mitglieder haben sich mehrere Aliasse zugelegt: Kelvin Mercer trägt die Pseudonyme Posdnuos, Mercenary, Plug Wonder Why und Plug One, David Jude Jolicoeur Trugoy the Dove, Dave und Plug Two, und Vincent Mason Pasemaster Mase, Maseo und Plug Three.

Die Musik ihres von Prince Paul produzierten Debütalbums Three Feet High and Rising war geprägt von Samples aus Jazz (Jazz-Rap), Rock und sogar Country, dem Spiel mit einer hippiesken Ästhetik und einem teilweise recht eigentümlichen Humor. So wurde beispielsweise der Titel der Platte einem Song von Johnny Cash entlehnt. Die ausgekoppelte Single Me, Myself and I wurde weltweit ein Hit.

Später trennte sich die Band von Prince Paul und produzierte entweder selbst oder arbeitete mit wechselnden Produzenten (unter anderem J Dilla) zusammen, was sich in den deutlich gewöhnlicheren Instrumentals niederschlug. Trotzdem war jedes Album ein kommerzieller Erfolg mit Einfluss auf die Szene des alternativen Hip-Hops.

Das 2016 erschienene Album and the Anonymous Nobody... finanzierte die Band über die Crowdfunding-Plattform Kickstarter. 2019 verkündeten Kelvin Mercer, David J. Jolicoeur und Vincent Mason, dass sie nach einem langen Streit mit ihrem Label nun rechtlich in der Lage seien, ihre Aufnahmen auf Streaming-Plattformen anzubieten. De La Soul geben dabei an, dass sie sich vom Label nicht gut vertreten gefühlt hätten.[2]

Im Februar 2023 starb David J. Jolicoeur alias Trugoy an einer seit längerem bekannten Herzinsuffizienz.[3]


Vincent Mason, Gods-of-Rap-Tour in Berlin (2019)


JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
19893 Feet High and RisingDE22⁠a
(4 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)CH

(60 Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUS
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. März 1989
Verkäufe: + 1.300.000
1991De La Soul Is DeadDE12
(22 Wo.)DE
(12 Wo.)AT
(11 Wo.)CH
(11 Wo.)UK

(17 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Mai 1991
Verkäufe: + 500.000
1993Buhloone MindstateUK37
(2 Wo.)UK
(7 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. September 1993
1996Stakes Is HighDE91
(3 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)UK
(9 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 2. Juli 1996
2000Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic ThumpDE16
(9 Wo.)DE
(3 Wo.)AT
(12 Wo.)CH

(6 Wo.)UK
(12 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 8. August 2000
Verkäufe: + 60.000
2001AOI: BionixCH60
(5 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 4. Dezember 2001
2003The Best OfUK17

(15 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juni 2003
Verkäufe: + 100.000; Kompilation
2004The Grind DateCH89
(1 Wo.)CH
(5 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. Oktober 2004
2016and the Anonymous NobodyDE22
(2 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)AT
(3 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. August 2016
3 Feet High and Rising erreichte erst nach Wiederveröffentlichung 2023 die Charts in Deutschland und der Schweiz sowie die Höchstplatzierungen im Vereinigten Königreich und in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Weitere Alben

  • 1998: De La Remix (Remixalbum)
  • 2003: Timeless: The Singles Collection (Kompilation)
  • 2004: Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 (Livealbum)
  • 2004: De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics (Kompilation)
  • 2006: The Impossible: Mission TV Series – Pt. 1 (Kompilation)
  • 2009: Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run (Mixtape)

Singles als Leadmusiker

David Jude Jolicoeur (2019)
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1989Me Myself and I
3 Feet High and Rising
(16 Wo.)DE
(4 Wo.)AT
(7 Wo.)CH
(8 Wo.)UK

(17 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: März 1989
Verkäufe: + 500.000
Eye Know
3 Feet High and Rising
(2 Wo.)CH
(10 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juni 1989
Say No Go
3 Feet High and Rising
(7 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Oktober 1989
The Magic Number / Buddy
3 Feet High and Rising
(9 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Dezember 1989
1991Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
De La Soul Is Dead
(19 Wo.)DE
(12 Wo.)AT
(19 Wo.)CH
(8 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: April 1991
A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
De La Soul Is Dead
(9 Wo.)DE
(5 Wo.)CH
(5 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juli 1991
feat. Q-Tip
Keepin’ the Faith
De La Soul Is Dead
(8 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: November 1991
Buhloone Mindstate
(3 Wo.)UK
(5 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: September 1993
1996Stakes Is High
Stakes Is High
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juni 1996
19974 More
Stakes Is High
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Februar 1997
feat. Zhané
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
(7 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juli 2000
feat. Redman
All Good?
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
(9 Wo.)DE
(9 Wo.)CH
(3 Wo.)UK
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: November 2000
feat. Chaka Khan
2001Thru Ya City
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
(1 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Juni 2001
feat. Alias Khrist
2002Baby Phat
AOI: Bionix
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Februar 2002
feat. Devin the Dude
The Grind Date
(1 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: November 2003
feat. Sean Paul
2004Shopping Bags (She Got from You)
The Grind Date
(1 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Oktober 2004

Singles als Gastmusiker

Kelvin Mercer (2019)
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1990Mamma Gave Birth to the Soul Children
All Hail the Queen
(7 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: März 1990
Queen Latifah feat. De La Soul
Judgment Night (O.S.T.)
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: März 1994
Teenage Fanclub feat. De La Soul
2005Feel Good Inc.
Demon Days

(20 Wo.)DE
(31 Wo.)AT
(22 Wo.)CH

(48 Wo.)UK

(45 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 9. Mai 2005
Gorillaz feat. De La Soul

Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe

Silberne Schallplatte

Goldene Schallplatte

  • Australien Australien
    • 1991: für die Single Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
  • Neuseeland Neuseeland
    • 2005: für die Single Feel Good Inc.


  • Australien Australien
    • 2005: für die Single Feel Good Inc.
  • Danemark Dänemark
    • 2021: für die Single Feel Good Inc.
  • Italien Italien
    • 2019: für die Single Feel Good Inc.
  • Spanien Spanien
    • 2024: für die Single Feel Good Inc.

5× Platin-Schallplatte

  • Kanada Kanada
    • 2022: für die Single Feel Good Inc.

Anmerkung: Auszeichnungen in Ländern aus den Charttabellen bzw. Chartboxen sind in ebendiesen zu finden.

Land/RegionAus­zeich­nung­en für Mu­sik­ver­käu­fe
(Land/Region, Auszeichnungen, Verkäufe, Quellen)
Silber Gold PlatinVer­käu­feQuel­len
 Australien (ARIA)0! S Gold1
 Dänemark (IFPI)0! S0! G
 Deutschland (BVMI)0! S Gold1
 Italien (FIMI)0! S0! G
 Kanada (MC)0! S0! G 5×
 Neuseeland (RMNZ)0! S Gold10!
 Spanien (Promusicae)0! S0! G
 Vereinigte Staaten (RIAA)0! S 3× Gold3
 Vereinigtes Königreich (BPI) 2× Silber2 Gold1 4×
Insgesamt 2× Silber2 7× Gold7 15× Platin15



Commons: De La Soul – Sammlung von Bildern


  1. Ikone der Hip-Hop-Szene: Rapper Trugoy the Dove von De La Soul ist tot auf vom 13. Februar 2023.
  2. De La Soul können ihre 80er-Platten jetzt streamen. Abgerufen am 29. August 2019.
  3. Gründungsmitglied von De La Soul: Rapper Trugoy gestorben auf vom 13. Februar 2023.
  4. a b c Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US