De La Soul – Buhloone Mindstate

de-la-soul-buhloone-mind-state-back-n-the-day-buffetDe La Soul released their third studio album “Buhloone Mindstate” on September 21, 1993.  The album was the last album produced by the great Prince Paul.

In 1993, I was heavy into west coast gangsta Hip Hop, but at the same time I was loving east coast Hip Hop and especially anything from the Native Tongues!  At the time, producers like Premier, Pete Rock and Prince Paul were producing some classic sophisticated stuff.   So when “Breakadawn” dropped with that Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson sample, it had me scratching my head.  I thought it was odd that they were flowing over a smooth dope beat instead of something quirky like “Potholes“.  Soon enough I was hooked and was feenin’ for some more from the Plugs!

I remember going to Tower Records in West Covina and waiting for the store to open to get the album.  As soon as I popped the cd in the stereo, I was amazed at the production by Prince Paul.  As soon as “En Focus” drops with that boom bap beat (Grand Funk Railroad), I’m already in love with this album!  Dove drop those rhymes,

Hey boy, I watch that star man, shit’s all in
Should I shot it or begin
I saw bootleggas no shinin’
I saw Big 4 go get shinin’
A typical flick was the moment
When the man said
“Ain’t you?” Yeah I is ‘im
Hush your mouth fallin’ in cog
Caught the light being True dog
A fist of funk and I pocket that screen
In the scene or in between
Gimme but a little bit of the starlight
I mail my ass to the darkness

When I saw that Guru was featured on “Patti Dooke” I was giddy as a girl at prom! But when I heard he was only on the hook, I was like ,”Damn Yo!”. After a couple of rewinds I was like, “Ahh shit!  This is dope!”.  If the horns and flutes don’t get ya, you must have some crazy wax in ya ear instead of flava!  (You see what I did there?)  As De La Soul says, “It might blow up but it won’t go pop!”

Then they throw us a curve when they give us Japanese rappers Kan Takagi and Scha Dara Parr on “Long Island Wildin“.  The beat is crazy dope with some incredible sounding Japanese lyrics.  It’s only 1 minute and 30 seconds, so you know that ish was on repeat!

[Kan Takagi (In Japanese)]
Suttarakankan kankankankan Takagi Kan
Beat ni noseta kashi kore ichiban
So toshi gin-yu shijin groove
Meguri megutte konomachi de furu
TOYOTA ni HONDA nippon mo iroiro
SONY *chiba chiba* sonota moromoro
Dashicha irukedo rap no rokuon
Marena koto daga ima rock on

[Scha Dara Parr (In Japanese)]
1 (1) 2 (2)
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 jikan hikouki ni nokkari koko New York
(oh yeah)
Bibiri jo jo jo
Ani Shinco Bose
(oh shit)
Hora mite Prince Paul, Maseo, Pos ni Dove mo iru jan yo
Eigo de nandaka itteru yo
Rap wo site miro to
Gogo 2 ji studio
Hai OK
Richigi na boku ra ha mochi on time
Ee member nanka dare hitori kicha ine
5jikan karuuku keika shite
What’s up?
Wassa wassa to renchu kimashita
Ha to kigatukya studio no naka
Yes, yes y’all
We don’t stop
Konna monde minasan ikaga desho

One of their greatest tracks of all time is “Ego Trippin Part 2” where Pos and Dove can be heard having so much fun and quoting rap lyrics from Ultramagnetic MC’s, Boogie Down Productions and Run DMC.  The key sample comes from Al Hirt’s Harlem Hendoo” and it has to be heard completely to be fully enjoyed.  The video is as dope as the track is also!

Me be the Jericho turnpike bandit
Yes competition try to troupe my way
I sing the song you never heard before
I feed the famine in your mind
So mind ya manners baby
I run a line on ya
Lay ya on the springs then sway ya
All this and a condom cause I be a taxpayer
Promotin’ of a moccasin I skin like Danny Boone
When I swallow hear the (gulp)
So give me room just give me room back the hell up

Lastly, De La get’s serious with “I Am I Be” where they tackle problems with the industry, racism and even a glimpse of why the Native Tongues fell apart.  Some dope deep stuff that’s needs to be carefully listened to.

I am an early bird but the feathers are black
So the apples that I catch are usually all worms
But it’s a must to decipher one’s queen
From a worm who plays groupie and spread around the bad germ
I cherish the twilight
I maximize, my soul is the right size
I watch for the power to run out on the moon
(And that’ll be sometime soon)
Faker than a fist of kids
Speakin that they’re black
When they’re just niggas trying to be Greek
Or some tongues who lied
And said “We’ll be natives to the end”
Nowadays we don’t even speak
I guess we got our own life to live
Or is it because we want our own kingdom to rule?
Every now and then I step to the now
For now I see back then I might have acted like a fool
Now I won’t apologize for it
This is not a bunch of Bradys
But a bunch of black man’s pride
Yet I can safely say
I’ve never played a sister by touching where her private parts reside
I’ve always walked the right side of the road
If I wasn’t making song I wouldn’t be a thug selling drugs
But a man with a plan
And if I was a rug cleaner
Betcha Pos’d have the cleanest rugs I am

This album is one of their best.  If I had to put them in order, I would put “3 Feet High and Rising” first then it would be hard to put this album second or third.  Prince Paul made this a classic and unfortunately it was the last time he and De La worked together. The final track on this incredible album is the Biz Markie flavored track “Stone Age” If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing will.  Salute to De La Soul and Prince Paul for giving us this masterpiece!


-Al E.

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