De La Soul Is Dead
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Studio album by De La Soul


May 14, 1991


May 1990 - February 1991


Calliope Studios
(Brooklyn, New York)


Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Hip hop




Tommy Boy / Warner Bros. Records


De La Soul, Prince Paul

De La Soul chronology


3 Feet High and Rising (1989)


Buhloone Mindstate (1993)

De La Soul Is Dead is the second studio album by American hip hop group De La Soul, released in May 14, 1991 by Tommy Boy Entertainment. The album was produced by Prince Paul, whose work on the group's debut album 3 Feet High and Rising was highly praised by music critics. The album's cover is a reference to the death of the group's self-proclaimed "D.A.I.S.Y. age" (Da Inner Sound, Y'All), and this album serves an effort to distance themselves from the hippy image that they had been associated with upon the release of their debut album.

It is considered among many as one of the best albums of 1990s, and is often referred to as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It was one of the first albums to receive a five mic rating in the hip hop magazine The Source, and was also selected by the magazine as one of the 100 Best Albums.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs produced by Prince Paul and De La Soul. All songs written by P. Huston, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason and K. Mercer, except for "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"" which is also written by J. Davis.

No. Title Performer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - 2:14
2. "Oodles of O's" Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos 3:31
3. "Talkin' Bout Hey Love" Posdnuos 2:27
4. "Peas Porridge Hot" Posdnuos, Maseo, Trugoy the Dove 5:02
5. "Skit 1" - 0:25
6. "Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live from the BK Lounge)" - 1:57
7. "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"" Q-Tip, Vinia Mojica, Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove 4:03
8. "WRMS' Dedication to the Bitty" - 0:46
9. "Bitties in the BK Lounge" Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos 5:40
10. "Skit 2" - 0:31
11. "My Brother's a Basehead" Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove 4:20
12. "Let, Let Me In" Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos, Maseo 3:25
13. "Afro Connections at a Hi 5 (In the Eyes of the Hoodlum)" Trugoy the Dove, Maseo, Posdnuos 4:02
14. "Rap de Rap Show" - 2:19
15. "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa" Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove 4:10
16. "Who Do U Worship?" - 1:59
17. "Skit 3" - 0:31
18. "Kicked Out the House" Trugoy the Dove 1:56
19. "Pass the Plugs" Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove 3:30
20. "Not Over till the Fat Lady Plays the Demo" Trugoy the Dove 1:29
21. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos, Maseo 5:06
22. "WRMS: Cat in Control" - 0:34
23. "Skit 4" - 0:12
24. "Shwingalokate" Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove 4:14
25. "Fanatic of the B Word" Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove, Dres 4:09
26. "Keepin' the Faith" Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos 4:45
27. "Skit 5" - 0:32
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