De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead - Cassette

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De La Soul Is Dead
De La Soul


1991 French cassette version, still sealed! On their notorious second album, De La Soul went to great lengths to debunk the daisy-age hippie image they'd been pigeonholed with, titling the record De La Soul Is Dead and putting a picture of wilting daisies in a broken flowerpot on the cover. Critics and fans alike were puzzled as to why the group was seemingly rejecting what had been hailed as the future of hip-hop, and neither the reviews nor the charts were kind to the album. It isn't that De La try to remake their sound here -- Dead keeps the skit-heavy structure of the debut, and the surreal tone and inventive sampling techniques are still very much in evidence. But, despite a few lighthearted moments ("Bitties in the BK Lounge," the disco-flavored "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'"), a distinct note of bitterness has crept into De La's once-sunny outlook. On the one hand, they're willing to take on more serious subject matter; two of the album's most powerful moments are the unsettling incest tale "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa" and Posdnuos' drug-addiction chronicle "My Brother's a Basehead," both true-life occurrences. Yet other tracks betray a brittle, insular state of mind; one running skit features a group of street thugs who ultimately throw the album in the trash for not having enough pimps, guns, or curse words. There are vicious parodies of hip-house and hardcore rap, and the single "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" complains about being harassed into listening to lousy demo tapes. Plus, the negativity of the bizarre, half-sung "Johnny's Dead" and the hostile narrator on "Who Do U Worship?" seemingly comes out of nowhere. Dead is clearly the product of a group staggering under the weight of expectations, yet even if it's less cohesive and engaging, it's still often fascinating in spite of its flaws.
A2Oodles Of O's3:31
A3Talkin' Bout Hey Love2:27
A4Pease Porridge5:02
A5Skit 10:25
A6A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"4:02
A7WRMS' Dedication To The Bitty0:46
A8Bitties In The BK Lounge5:40
A9Skit 20:31
A10Let, Let Me In3:25
A11Afro Connection At A Hi 54:09
B1Rap De Rap Show2:19
B2Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa4:10
B3Skit 30:33
B4Pass The Plugs3:30
B5Not Over Til The Fat Lady Plays The Demo1:29
B6Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)5:06
B7WRMS: Cat's In Control0:34
B8Skit 40:12
B10Fanatic Of The B Word4:09
B11Keepin' The Faith4:45
B12Skit 50:32