Label: Tommy Boy
Release Date: 3/3/1989
De La Soul's debut didn't really set out send some sort of collectivist message. In fact, they killed off their supposed hippie image in the classic follow-up, De La Soul is Dead. However, 3 Feet High and Rising was so quirky, left-field, and great that any perceived motives didn't matter. When the listener found out that perhaps the album wasn't trying to be prophetic, they were still left with an incredibly fun body of work.
Prince Paul's genius samples and De La Soul's lyricism meshed perfectly to give us feelgood classics like "Buddy" and "Eye Know." And if anybody can tell us how many times the Batmobile caught a flat, we'd be eternally grateful.