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I had to bring back a classic from deep in the crates for today’s SOTD. I am going all the way back to 1991 to De La Soul’s classic sophomore album, De La Soul is Dead, to bring you today’s throwback jam. De La Soul never got the props that they fully deserved in my opinion. They were an intrical part of the Native Tongues, a collection of conscious minded, dope emcees that consisted of A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers. Tribe gets most of the mainstream love still to this day, and rightfully so, but De La was no joke. They kept it 100 and released some very good music in the 90’s. De La Soul is Dead was my album. It was a very smart album, that probably wasn’t understood by all. After the breakout success of 3 Feet High and Rising, people expected De La’s stock to soar. This album was not the commercial success that Tommy Boy Records had expected, however, critically it was praised, and it was an edgier, rawer album. At that time gangsta rap was in full takeover mode. De La Soul was definitely not about that, but they also wanted to shed the “hippy” image that they received after 3 Feet High and RisingDe La Soul is Dead was definitely that album that took them out of the hippysphere and into a place where this band was going to be respected and remembered. “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturday” is one of my favorite joints off De La Soul is Dead.  It features a guest vocal from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and has Maseo, Posdnous, and Trugoy the Dove spitting bars over playful samples. The track is dope. I hope you enjoy this throwback Thursday classic that’s got me thinking about finding some roller skates.







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Pretty dope that Nike made their own De La Soul sneaker




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