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REL: 05/05/2023


There were several moments on the album which proved the band had matured.

"I Be Blowin'" was a departure as the track was an instrumental featuring

saxophone playing by Maceo Parker. The introspective "I Am I Be" showed De La

Soul at their most self-referential to date. "Long Island Wildin'" was a collaboration

with Japanese hip hop artists Kan Takagi (Major Force) and trio Scha Dara Parr

(SDP). The album's first single, "Breakadawn", used a sample of Michael

Jackson's "I Can't Help It" and Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm".De La Soul

collaborated for the first time with Gang Starr's Guru on "Patti Dooke", and female

MC Shortie No Mas who was prominent on many tracks on the album and

showcased particularly on "In The Woods". The album ended with an old school

Biz Markie collaboration called "Stone Age". The album was a critical success with

Rolling Stone listing it as one of the best hip hop albums of all time.


LP Tracks:

  1. Eye Patch
  2. En Focus
  3. Patti Dooke
  4. I Be Blowin'
  5. Ego Trippin' (Part Two)
  6. 3 Days Later
  7. Area
  8. I Am I Be
  9. In the Woods
  10. Breakadawn
  11. Stone Age