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The Alternative Hip Hop trio De La Soul (consisting of Posdnuos, Maseo and Trugoy) released their third album in 1993, and it saw that the Jazz Rap act brought "Buloone Mindstae", a record that many consider to be a classic for its high quality and originality that had transferred itself from the debut they brought in 1989 when "3 Feet And Rising" dropped and they changed the Hip Hop world.
2. "Eye Patch"
As the album gets underway you find that they get things started with a tune that immediately lets you know that we are in for nothing but high quality material from them as they come through with a short tune that has them bringing material that shows that they are simply making the most of what they are known for and are developing it with the times (even though it doesn't really fit any contemporary trends).
3. "En Focus"
Here you see that you get another heavy jam from them and in this case you see that they offer some beats with a bit more of a slap to them with samples of George Clinton and The Outlaw Blues Band to assist as they rap alongside both Shortie No Mass and Dres of Black Sheep on another laid-back tune that you really can't do anything but bob your head to as you feel the gentle grooves from them.
4. "Patti Dooke"
You find that in this one they get lots of authentic Jazz help as in this one you see that Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Guru of Gang Starr all come to offer what they are all best known for in order to show just how well their material works when they rhyme with some live Jazz (rather than using the samples). It is a fly cut and one that keeps it rolling in a smooth way to keep you interested.
5. "I Be Blowin'" (Lude)
6. "Long Island Wildin'" (Lude)
7. "Ego Trippin'" (Part 2)
Following a Maceo Parker solo piece and then a Japanese Hip Hop outburst, you see that they move into one of the singles here. The track itself doesn't actually have a 'Part 1' and it refers to the track from the Ultramagnetic MCs' track and so whilst you see elements of that classic cut, you see that here the act come out with a fly jam that has them doing a parody of the Gangsta Rap that opposed their music.
8. "Paul's Revenge" (Lude)
9. "3 Days Later"
You get a Prince Paul interlude before you see that this one they perform another track that relies heavily upon the humour that makes their music so fun. In this case you see that they run a track that has them going through events that led up to them receiving a STI after hooking up with a girl that they had just met. It is a heavy tune and the fly beats that they get make it live up to its full potential.
The beats pound away in this one and they get the music flowing nicely again to get you in the mood to feel even more of this fresh material that is seen to take on much more of the harder elements that Hip Hop had to move upon b this point. You see that they sample a little classic Hip Hop from the early eighties as well as material from Parliament to bring all the Funk out as they do their thing as only they can.
11. "I Am I Be"
In this one you get the jazzy trio that were found on "Patti Dooke" and in addition to these, Shortie No Mass also gets an appearance on this one as you find that on this one they build things up gradually to work its way up to the killer material that is able to work its way into the fresh material that forces you to enjoy each and every aspect of the music just had come at every stage leading up to here on the record.
12. "In The Woods"
On this one Shortie No Mass gets another opportunity to show what exactly she is able to offer the act, which appears to be just right for this album and it give it another dimension. It forces you to get your groove on to and I felt that it suited their style perfectly as you find that here they come out with more that still doesn't sound too far form where they were in 1989 but clearly has much more refinement to it.
Using Michael Jackson material that Michael himself would sample later on in his career, you see that here the new Yorkers come out with a heavy jam that forces you into a heavy head bob. You see that as this was the first single from the act, here you get a jam from them that sounds like a massive change from the kind of thing found in previous material leading up to this point and still does all you would want it to.
14. "Dave Has A Problem... Seriously" (Lude)
15. "Stone Age"
Ending the album off you see that you get a track from them that takes on much more Old School Hip Hop influence, as you can see from the raw Hip Hop percussion and the presence of Biz Markie, who comes with both rhymes and a brief beatboxing set to enable him to get all he is known for out there. It is a hardcore jam from them and I felt that it was the perfect way to end the album off with something that sounds so different to the rest.
Although I didn't really see any major slips in the quality of the music, I wouldn't say that it is really as good as it is supposed to be and I felt that much of this is down to the fact that although they had managed to cut things down from over twenty tracks on both of their first two albums, to just fifteen here, they still packed it out with interludes that prevent it from having the right flow that you expect from them.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Eye Patch
3 En Focus
4 Patti Dooke
5 I Be Blowin'
6 Long Island Wildin'
7 Ego Trippin'
8 Paul's Revenge
9 Three Days Later
11 I Am I Be
12 In The Woods
14 Dave Has A Problem... Seriously
15 Stone Age