The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

69. De La Soul "Area" (1993)

Producer: De La Soul & Prince Paul
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records

Area sounds almost out of place on Buhloone Mind State, but in a sense it fits perfectly-it swings harder and funkier than anything they've ever done, giving us all a breather from the rest of the album's jazzy abstraction. It sounds almost as if De La were attempting to record their version of one of Low End Theory's horn-less numbers. Conceptually, it's kind of a sequel to "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)."

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