The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

16. De La Soul "Pease Porridge" (1991)

Producer: De La Soul & Prince Paul
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.

Pos, Dave, and Mase describe how and why they were forced to beat down disruptive punks at nearly every stop on their first tour, despite their preference for peaceful solutions. But they don't do it with a straight-ahead song or a linear narrative. In between verses we hear two gossiping bitties, a Middle Eastern pacifist, Kermit the Frog, scheming hoodlums, and sports announcers providing contextual clues. Oh, and they employ a strange pseudo-stuttering rhyme style, and loop one of the most unlikely samples ever to surprisingly great effect, and they...aw, fuck it, just listen.

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