Throwback Thursdays Vol 32

I’ve let my game slip a little bit recently. Last week was just plain lazy. The previous few I tried to force some niche throwbacks. This week, we are taking it old school straight up classic. I’m back bitches.

Step up De La Soul and their 1989, 5 star, 3 Feet High and Rising.

I knew this video existed and I was a little worried when I couldn’t find it on a certain well-known video site. The reason was even though Eye Know reached the dizzy heights of number 14 on the UK singles chart, it wasn’t actually released as a single over in the US. Crazy Huh?!

This song is so infectious and I bet you find yourself whistling it for the rest of the day.

Let’s get into it.

The plaudits and accreditation for this album are endless so I won’t spend too long covering the pure brilliance of it. It is important to understand the nature of hip-hop at the time with artists such as NWA and Kool G Rap saturating the industry with their political and gangster-mafioso dominated landscapes. De La Soul were praised for their fresh outlook, preaching for peace and harmony whilst pioneering the way for future alternative hip-hop.

Eye Know is a great example of this differing focus. In an upbeat, feel-good song about love, Trugoy the Dove raps:

“Let me lay my hand across yours
And aim a kiss upon your cheek
They name’s Plug Two
And from the soul I bring you
The Daisy of your choice
May it be filled with the pleasure principle
In circumference to my voice
About those other Jennys I reckoned with
Lost them all like a homework excuse
This time the Magic Number is two
‘Cause it takes two, not three, to seduce.”

Prince Paul’s work on production is instantly recognisable and this timeless track is still used and sampled across the globe today. It is difficult to imagine someone who was able to craft something so beautiful as this, also went on to produce the abrasive and menacing soundscapes of the horrorcore group The Gravediggaz with Wu-Tang’s RZA.

The video itself runs true with all of La Soul’s work at that time; the hippie-styled backdrop lifted directly from the album artwork and it’s a shame more people in the US were never enlightened to this video. Well, perhaps now more people can enjoy this rare piece of genius.

De La Soul – Eye Know

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up Next Week…

Feel it is only appropriate to throwback to the times when Prince Paul was dropping those aforementioned abrasive, harrowing soundscapes…

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