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

3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul
Year: 1989
Overall rank: 522nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 516 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1989 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (77th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (522nd)
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3 Feet High And Rising is ranked as the best album by De La Soul.

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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 78.3/100, a mean average of 76.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.1.

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85/100
From 12/22/2021 22:55
This album is just incredible and so enjoyable to listen too that it is hard to see how anyone can dislike it. The group create such a rich soundscape, that is mainly due to the production, which is extremely ahead of its time and unique. Then there is the layering, which gives us so much to explore and is extremely experimental so there is never a dull moment. The beats are great and the flow is fantastic and they make it so easy to just relax throughout the full run time. The album also utilises so many genius samples that are not over used and only add to the music rather than solely rely on them to carry the record. However, there are a fewer weaker tracks such as the skits and some of the tracks nearer to the close of the record but there is nothing that completely ruins the album. Overall, this is an extremely important record that is also of very high quality and is well worth exploring.
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90/100
From 09/29/2021 18:35
Progressive yet fun. And it's reeeeeally fun. A true joy to listen to.
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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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95/100
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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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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2. Disintegration by The Cure
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