Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. De La SoulDe La Soul Is Dead

I love Three Feet High And Rising as well – I could have taken up two slots! De La Soul are just one of my all time favourite groups, and happen to be personal friends of mine as well. Three Feet High… was a more manic album, there were all kind of little bits and pieces of things that I love, and songs like ‘Can You Keep A Secret’. But De La Soul Is Dead was a reaffirmation; they were typecast as hippies and they resented that, similar to how the Goodie Mob were typecast as being country – we may have been Southern, but we weren’t country. There’s something defiant about it. This is when they were concentrated, and not random and manic like Three Feet…, which is great as well – but this is streamlined, but still just as alternative and experimental. And a lot more effective.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Afrodeutsche
PreviousNext Record

The Quietus Digest

Sign up for our free Friday email newsletter.

Support The Quietus

Our journalism is funded by our readers. Become a subscriber today to help champion our writing, plus enjoy bonus essays, podcasts, playlists and music downloads.

Support & Subscribe Today