Next up is the June 1991 issue of The Source featuring De La Soul on the cover. De La Soul made the choice to abandon (kill) the soft, daisy age image that plagued them with the success of their debut Three Feet High and Rising. I had no complaints at all about the sudden change in De La Soul is Dead after picking up the tape. The sound was much grittier and less happy so to speak. The only issue I ever had with this album was that I bought the tape and had to fast forward the annoying skits, which wore on me after the first listen. And I had to keep buying those expensive AA batteries for my walkman, too. Yeah, I know I’m grumpy.
Some other highlights from this issue:
–The Genius (pre GZA days) speaking on commercial rap (his first single was “Come Do Me”, right?)
–KRS-One with the hip-hop quotable for “I’m Still #1 Freestyle”
–Eazy E having lunch with Republicans in Washington, D.C.
–Lifers Group (I wonder if some of these guys are still alive and if the Scared Straight program has continued.)
Record Report highlights:
De La Soul – De La Soul is Dead (rated 5) – Would you rate this a 5 today?
Kid Capri – The Tape (rated 3.5)
YZ – YZ EP (rated 3)
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins (rated 3)
Brand Nubian – Slow Down/To the Right (rated 4)
Gangstarr – Lovesick/What You Want this Time (rated 4)
That’s it for now.
De La Soul – De La Soul is Dead
Here’s the June ’91 issue: