De La Soul gave me one of my first views of the black, eccentric rap artist. In the late 80's, I had already been exposed to the Ultramagnetic MC's from hearing their single "Watch Me Now" on Harvard University radio. But when I saw the "Potholes in My Lawn" video, it confirmed and solidified a beautiful new color in rap.
Oddity, weirdness, and having the courage to be brazenly and beautifully "you" are factors I regularly celebrate in art, largely because I was taught by these artists. Watching De La Soul's evolution over the span of their first three albums remains a landmark that I continue to return to and learn from time and time again.
So here's the hard part... One amazing group, three albums that are absolutely legendary in their own right.
Which gets your vote for best album? 3 Feet High & Rising, De La Soul is Dead, or Buhloone Mindstate?