Still Shining

161000417m.jpgIf De La Soul drops a new CD and none of you Internet geeks pay attention, can I still big-up the album’s finest sounds? You damn right, I can. Yeah, at this point in their career, there’s not much I can do in my mag for the label-less trio from Strong Island. But therein lies the beauty of this Interent thing of ours: I can celebrate the shit that I personally fucks with it. Nothing more, nothing less.

I must confess I always had mad respect for De La Soul. Unfortunately for them, one of hip-hop’s greatest groups will forever be in the shadows of fellow Native Tongues A Tribe Called Quest (why because the ladies love Q-Tip?). Catalogue vs. catalogue, it’s close, but when it comes to fourth albums, each group’s final moment in the sun: Stakes is High bodies Beats Rhymes and Life.

More importantly, De La gets props for still keeping the group together after all these damn years. When groups fall off, they end up parting ways, pointing fingers and only get together for bullshit reunions shows. Not Pos, Dave and Mase. Their remarkable chemistry is still evident on the best moments of their last official album (2004’s Grind Date) and this slept-on mixtape. Maybe if you young whippersnappers put y’all paper where y’all mouths are (I see you Lupe), I would have more than handful of rappers to put on my cover.

For your listening pleasure, here’s YN’s EP version of The Impossible Mission:

Impossible (Intro)

One of their patented quirky sample-based interludes (Remember when you didn’t have to clear shit?)

Live @ the Dugout ’87

The Soul gets old school with those distorted mic effects popularized by those Whities, The Beastie Boys.

You Got It

Clever flip of the classic Bobby Byrd break. Slow down y’all, y’all killin’ ‘em.


Catchy butt I’m not sure if I even really like this one. It’s one of the few songs on here that could be on an actual album and not just a mixtape.

What The Fuck #1

A previously unreleased snippet from a gem called “De La Soul’s Poster.”

Just Havin’ A Ball

The fellas freak the Eugene McDaniels sample that their brethren Tribe made famous. Oh how ironic.

Freestyle (Dat Shit) 2006

Busta Rhymes and DJ Scratch aren’t the only ones listening to Diamond D’s first album.

What The Fuck #3

A previously unreleased snippet from a gem called “De La Slow.”

Freedom Train

Me thinks 9th Wonder is behind the boards on this one. When’s that solo album droppin’, my dude?

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  • Jeff Reguilon

    You should say something about the new CL Smooth album, which is another good joint by a once-great that nobody seems to care about anymore.

  • freehiphop

    Yah De la soul is real…….

  • b-ease

    good post YN.although i think your a sucker for admitting you wont put artists in your mag that are un-signed or have no commercial validity (even if they are greats)at least someone’s talking about this mixtape in some capacityk,cuz i damn sure didnt know this was out.Can i say it??? 1st motherfuckers!!!!

  • b-ease

    never mind

  • D-Nice

    I’ve got love for all the Native Tongues, but De La definitely kills Tribe, it’s hard to top Prince Paul’s production.

  • thoreauly77

    fuck yeah YN. thank you for sharing this shit. de la’s last record was serious. that doom track at the end? c’mon!


    lmao @ 7 responses.

    should have made a post about 50 beefing with someone, dun…

  • Hallao

    Response #8: perhaps the 13 year old girls never liked De La anyway.

  • bongolock

    yeah i been pumpin this. good quality music with that dela humor interspersed.
    its a shame that such a great group has still got it but they can barely tread water. (pun intended)

    shit done changed….

  • Furgler

    racist, Live @ the dugout the description, “those Whities”

  • Hannah Smith

    “there’s not much I can do in my mag”


  • Bang

    their lyrices, beats, and overall creativeness is almost unheard of in Hip Hop, especially with their longevity. I got this, and even their old shit sounds fresh!


    you can’t even spend a page or two on some motherfucking legends?!

    that shit’s dusgustin

  • Bang

    lol at ‘lyrices’ ^

    well, fuck spelling. that’s not entirely Hip Hop

  • Mr.Me

    YN looks like Professor Phillps in Higher Learning (de la soul)

  • 110 street

    De la, never affraid of the truth real hip hop, tribe keep it funky and radio at the same time i aint mad at them niether but none the less niether group ows me 9.99 cause i always got a good album.YN i enjoy your post (no weezy fucking baby) get it f. baby. ne way 1 hunit.

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  • extra penis

    I’d like to see, and I think I speak for everybody that reads rap pages taking the writers’ sincerity for granted, a year-end wrap-up list from the staff and contributing writers&artists&staff to weigh in on 2006′s noteworthy moments. Fuck that – I really care to know about the albums that got run even if they didn’t get run in the reviews. I’m interested in what the music director felt to be solid LPs this go round.

    It’d be nice to see what listening trends bubble up in a compiled joint too, no? Is this feasible? Or what polling just dem ego trip boyz so the views expressed wouldn’t really be that of XXL? or some shit

    I’ve always taken offense when an official & independent lp gets press in the misc/etc ghetto behind the main review section; A dope record is deprived of shine because it goes withoiut a ranking and thusly isn’t, at least in one superficial and commercial way, on the same level as its XXL-rated peers coming to stores at around the same time.

    A good example of this is Dilla’s Donuts. I’ve played it more than any other lp and amongst his other albums and projects stands as my favorite for a few reasons (no wack lyrics, beats that grow on you, unpolished). After 6 months Can’t Mao rate shit too? I know why the caged bird [got] flipped.

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  • J to the A.A.P.

    Hannah Smith hit it right on the nose:
    “at this point in their career, there’s not much I can do in my mag” = what’s wrong with hiphop nowadays.

  • thrm

    De La Soul is hot! I like them better then ATCQ. I hope they find a record label and publish another album. The Grind Date pwns 99% of all these wack rappers!