Guest Star: "De La Soul Threw Any Rules That Existed In Rap At The Time Out The F*ckin' Window"

Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for Jedi Mind Tricks

[In recognition of sophomore albums like Drake's Take Care and Wale's Ambition being released this month, SOHH is featuring entertainment personalities each day this week to name their most favorite debut LP follow-up and see if it survived the often-discussed "sophomore jinx". After Amber rose cited a Wiz Khalifa release, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks discusses De La Soul is Dead.]

Vinnie Paz: I think my favorite sophomore album is De La Soul is Dead. De La Soul got branded as hippi rappers, off of their first album, 3 Feet High and Rising.

"Me, Myself and I" was a massive hit and it went platinum, and I like the fact that they had the balls to take rap somewhere different. Their second album was really dark. The cover of De La Soul is Dead had the broken flower pot and a dead flower and everything, they took a darker turn. Those dudes just continued to re-invent themselves and they were creating styles that we'd never seen before.

They basically invented the album skit being in Hip Hop, you know?

De La Soul threw any rules that existed in rap at that timeout the f*ckin' window, that album is just incredible.

Debut: 3 Feet High and Rising Billboard 200: #24

Certification: Platinum

Sophomore: De La Soul Is Dead Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #26

Certification: Gold

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Be sure to check tomorrow for The Airplane Boys' favorite sophomore album! 

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