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The 10 Best Hip-Hop Tracks of 1991

1991's best hip-hop songs lean more towards beats production than the era's increasingly popular gangsta rap genre.

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De La Soul - "Pain" feat. Snoop Dogg (Singles Going Steady)

In an era where trap music, concert shootings, and lame rap beefs define hip-hop, De La Soul rekindle the musical flame that made rap such a popular genre to begin with.

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Governors Ball 2016: A Deluge of Photos from the Rainy Festival

Awesome photos of Miguel, Robyn, De La Soul, Purity Ring and more that couldn't fit into general festival coverage.

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Made in America Festival 2015

Even though it is on Labor Day and it is called “Made in America", this fest has nothing to do with manufacturing jobs. Instead, this is Jay Z’s vision of a new – or renewed – sense of patriotism.

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Bring Back the Beat! What's Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.

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De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y.

It’s a blast to hear Posdnous whispering the chorus to “The Magic Number” – but what this ad hoc remix approach really does is get you to focus on Dilla’s beats. And they’re tremendous.

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First Serve: De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve

De La Soul's two most visible members team up with a French production duo for a comedic ode to '80s hip-hop and the skit-based rap they helped pioneer.

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Counterbalance No. 77: De La Soul - '3 Feet High and Rising'

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.

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Brotherhood of the Traveling Parachute Pants

Like lattés, Baby Bjørns, and bicycles, we bookish white boys love hip-hop. What one nerdy white boy from Wyoming learned from hip-hop.

Chris Kjorness
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Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Tracklist-wise, The Singles Collection 2001-2011 may as well have been constructed by Wikipedia.

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An Album Found in a Trashcan: De La Soul Is Dead

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.

Paul Anthony Johnson
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Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

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De La Soul Is Dead: Long Live De La Soul

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.

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De La Soul: Are You In? Nike+ Original Run

The beats are there for the Long Island trio, but this continuous mix aimed at runners falls short on the lyrical tip.

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Various Artists: Dillanthology Vol. 1

Although it offers nothing new, this is a fine introductory piece for new or unacquainted J Dilla listeners.

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It Ain't No Joke

Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.

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De La Soul: De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities & Classics

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).

Dan Nishimoto
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De La Soul: Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996

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.

Pierre M. Hamilton
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De La Soul: The Grind Date

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.

Dave Heaton
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De La Soul: AOI: Bionix

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.

Mark Anthony Neal
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De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

If Mosaic Thump doesn't stand out quite as strongly as their previous albums, it's because it's obviously meant as the first chapter of a book, not the whole thing itself.

Dave Heaton

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