Monday, October 10 2011
Listening to De La Soul Is Dead means immersing oneself inside a funny but terrifying universe, where brutality and self-destruction exist side by side with smart-ass jokes and sex talk and good music.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
The beats are there for the Long Island trio, but this continuous mix aimed at runners falls short on the lyrical tip.
Wednesday, December 15 2004
De La Mix Tape is a curious collection of, well, remixes, rarities, and classic joints in Tommy Boy's recent slew of De La Soul product (see the joint release of Live at Tramps NYC 1996 and last year's Timeless: Singles Collection).
Sunday, December 12 2004
Released around the same time as The Grind Date, its seventh studio album, De La Soul's Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 is a time machine for fans old and new. Then again, De La Soul has consistently managed to sell records by never aging.
Sunday, October 31 2004
The Grind Date has an economy to it that suits De La Soul's new workmanlike perspective; at 12 songs it's the most concise album they've made yet.
Monday, December 3 2001
With AOI: Bionix, the stakes are still high, except now De La are more concerned with safety and sustenance and their own mortality, or rather the things that mark the beginning of the transition into middle age.
Friday, April 13 2012
The 77th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time is the buddy to my daisy tree and the Luden to my do-re-mi. A tricameral system is now set with a 1989 hip-hop classic.
Wednesday, April 14 2010
Stressed out and defiant, De La Soul set out to destroy what made them famous on their second album. Almost 20 years later, De La Soul is Dead remains a benchmark of how career suicide albums should sound.
Thursday, June 4 2009
Hip-hop to get you movin' on the treadmill. Andrew Martin gave his take back in May on De La Soul's sport mix, the latest in