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2023 saw iconic New York hip hop trio De La Soul re-release their revered early back catalogue. This was a much anticipated event for both disciples of the collective and hip hop aficionadas in general, particularly in relation to their groundbreaking debut release of 1989, 3 Feet High And Rising. 

Upon the album’s release they quickly became prominent members of the Native Tongues Posse, alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah and the Jungle Brothers.

During the preceding decades the albums mythical status grew exponentially, with fans both old and new enamoured with De La Soul’s inventive and all encompassing use of samples, together with their quirky ethos, encapsulated in their concept of the ‘D.A.I.S.Y. Age’ (an acronym standing for ‘da inner sound, y’all’)

The album had been notoriously out of print for decades, with original copies and even substandard bootleg versions fetching a pretty penny. But 2023 saw fans worldwide rejoice, with the album gaining an official re-release on yellow, magenta and standard black vinyl.

Here at Beatniks we have just a few copies left in each variant, available in-store or online (links below):

De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising

In addition, the band has also reissued their two follow-up albums, 1991’s De La Soul Is Dead, and 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate. Both albums further solidified their reputation as hip hop royalty, so if you’ve yet to delve into the uplifting and quirky world of De La Soul, or have been patiently waiting for the albums to resurface, grab ‘em before the Discogs sharks start pushing up the prices again.