3 Feet High And Rising (studio album) by De La Soul

3 Feet High And Rising
3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul
Year: 1989
Overall rank: 532nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 502 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1989 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (79th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (532nd)
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De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising (2001)
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3 Feet High And Rising is ranked as the best album by De La Soul.

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3 Feet High And Rising track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 78 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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2021conallmaloneTop 100 Music Albums of the 1980s56/1009
2021 RoundTheBendHip-Hop/Rap/R&B38/64 -
2021Exist-en-cielTop 39 Music Albums of 198914/393
2021 zags7000Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s58/1009
2021 Jimmy Dread101-200, The Waiting Room (Or The Obligatory Next Ton) of Dread58/100 -
2021Steppenwolf666Record Mirror Albums Of The '80s6/100 -
2021Larcx13101: My current hip hop favorites35/100 -
2021Giant2015Top 101-200 Greatest Music Albums78/100 -
2021 srogers900Top 10 Music Albums of 19898/102
2021ThuramThugoodTop 69 Music Albums of the 1980s18/6915
2021 ExTeaSeaTop 50 Music Albums of 198912/504
2021brun027Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s8/10019
2021Larcx13Best Records of the 20th Century64/100 -
2021 ArthurknightGreatest 100 Hip-Hop Albums29/100 -
2021 Jimmy DreadTop 100 Music Albums of the 1980s31/10014
2021 odetoviceroy98Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s32/10014
2021 meccaleccaTop 65 Music Albums of 19896/655
2021 odetoviceroy98100 Greatest Rap Albums32/100 -
2021leniadTop 100 Music Albums of the 1980s34/10013
2021 paladisiacTop 100 Music Albums of 198915/1004
Total Charts: The total number of charts that this album has appeared in. 446
Total Rank Score: The total rank score. 3,624

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78/100 (from 502 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.4/100, a mean average of 76.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.2.

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85/100
From 04/23/2021 23:01
I think it can be difficult to remember how one dimensional rap music was before this album. It really was about guns and bitches and bling, until this multi coloured day-glow delight appeared, seemingly from nowhere; to my ears at least - I’d never heard anything like it.

The album’s gift is that suddenly people could rap about anything at all and it can still sound street...the easy going multi-cultural street that is Sesame.

And that’s not all. With the wide array of subjects came a wider variety of samples. More jazzy laid back beats came around too. Artists far away from the epicentre of rap were allowed to take liberties they wouldn’t have otherwise dreamed. Massive Attack, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Fat Boy Slim, Dee-Lite.

Arguably the most influential album of the 80s.
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80/100
From 12/06/2020 14:10
This really captures what was fun about hip-hop in the late 80s.
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From 10/15/2020 12:06
Amazing hip hop record. On par with, if not better than, PE's It Takes A Nation..., Rakim's Paid In Full & NWA's Straight Out of Compton. If you enjoy A Tribe Called Quest then this is for you.
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From 01/08/2020 04:43
The culmination of the evolutionary arc of hip hop’s first decade. The fact that 30 years later it’s still sounds bold and revolutionary is a testament to the genius of De La Soul and 3 Feet High.
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65/100
From 02/14/2018 11:44
3 Feet High And Rising BEA Ranked 494 Feb 2018

What a joy it was listening to this classic . I'm not a Hip Hop guy yet my 2 listens of this album were 100% enjoyable . Every music fan needs to hear this album

Interesting to read some hate in the comments in relation to the skits which really surprised me . The skits here aren't great I'll admit that but in comparison to the immature and purile skits on Eminems albums they are pure genius , and also remember this album is credited with being first to introduce skits into the Hip Hop album

For some reason I always (wrongly) assumed the album title "3 Feet High And Rising " was a Marijuana reference as in a growing plant when in actual fact its from a Johnny Cash song '5 Feet High And Rising "

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65/100
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From 01/02/2018 01:55
What to say about this record that hasn't already been said...funny, quirky, brilliant, ahead of its time? I don't know - how about "classic"?
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From 05/08/2016 20:13
I just love the groove to this album...yeah the skit's aren't brilliant as individual things but in the context of the whole album don't spoil it. Not my normal style of music but edges out Run DMC's Raising Hell for me.
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90/100
From 04/17/2016 00:27
Even for me, this was a fun as hell hip-hop album. Had to buy it on vinyl after I heard it.
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From 10/29/2015 19:27
Stellar production from Prince Paul and lots of fun to listen to. Along with Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys, Dust Brothers producing), this was a groundbreaking production showcase LP in 1989, just before/as the sample clearance crackdown began. Would be better if it was ten to fifteen minutes shorter - just a few weak tracks holding it back from being a perfect album.
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From 08/02/2015 18:53
I'm still convinced it's underrated. Top Tier Hip Hop right here.
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Best Albums of 1989
1. Doolittle by Pixies
2. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
3. Disintegration by The Cure
4. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
5. On Fire by Galaxie 500
6. Bleach by Nirvana
7. Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails
8. 3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul
9. Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
10. New York by Lou Reed
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14. The Sensual World by Kate Bush
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