De La Soul’s classic 3 Feet High & Rising is now more than just a widely praised, genre-defining, and altogether amazing album*. It’s officially been recognized by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry. The trio’s storied debut was one of 25 pieces selected for inclusion. Other recognized works include Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, Steely Dan’s Aja, and Captain Beefheart (RIP) and his Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica. Check out the full list at All Hip Hop.
Let’s go back to the Daisy Age for a minute. Check out De La’s performance of “Me Myself and I” on the Arsenio Hall Show below.
*It was also the inspiration for the name of my other music writing gig! I’m shameless.