56. De La Soul "Ego Trippin' Pt. 3 (Egoristic Mix)" (1994)
Producer: Spearhead X & The Beat Messiahs
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
"Ego Trippin' Pt. 2" is a classic. "Ego Trippin' Pt. 3" is not quite a classic, but out of the large batch of lesser-known De La songs it is one of the very best. Spearhead X of Ya'll So Stupid fame (using the term lightly) throws Pos and Dave a rolling, funky track and they take to it with enthusiasm. The subject matter is typical De La-we hear all about their origins and transitions in the music biz, shady execs and managers, and artistic integrity. The insularity of the themes is counterbalanced by the fluidity and effortlessness of the rhyming; this is Pos and Dave's "Steve Biko."