25 years ago, the hip hop trio De La Soul released its debut album 3 Feet High and Rising (above). Robert Christgau, the self-proclaimed “Dean of American Rock Critics” and long-time music editor for the Village Voice, declared that it was “unlike any rap album you or anybody else has ever heard.” And it wound up 23rd on The Source Magazine’s list of The 100 Best Rap Albums.
To celebrate the anniversary of this release, De La Soul has gone over and beyond and made all (but one) of their studio albums free to download until noon tomorrow (Saturday). Head over to the band’s web site, select the albums that you want to download, enter your name and email address, click “Submit for Sounds” and then wait until you receive an email containing the download links. It’s as simple as that. Happy listening.
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Grind Date isn’t included so it isn’t all of their studio albums, but it’s a beautiful thing nonetheless.