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ALBUM – Buhloone Mindstate
ARTIST – De La Soul
YEAR – 1993

I first heard this album after having listened to some of their later albums. This is the best one!!! I’ve got a couple of their albums here at home, on CD, not this one. How come?! Yeah, that’s something that’s been on my mind, especially after I began this post. Now, for the usual digression, this album came at a time I was perhaps at one of my most eclectic phases – I listened to Pantera, Biohazard, Operation Ivy, The Skatalites, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Miles Davis, James Brown, Jorge Ben, among others. Suffice it to say, I had an ample variety of sources.

As time goes by… Right, right, well, as it does pass, tastes change and discover new sounds and artists. More often than not, some music is rediscovered. I reckon as we mature (supposedly) phisically and mentally, our attitudes towards the arts accompany that transition. But, you see, I had this idea, this preconcieved perspective that, as an adult, I’d cherish Classical, Jazz and overall erudite music. Not the case.

As a nearly 31 year-old semi-adult, I find myself revisiting past influences and have recently come to realise that I am a big, big fan of Hip-Hop. Not rap, this contemporary shite they put out, but old – by today’s standards -, cool 80s and 90s Hip-Hop. I admit I am a tad more selective and picky with regards to what I listen too. A couple of names come to mind and are pretty obvious, considering past posts: A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, The Sugarhill Gang, Guru (his Jazzmatazz series are wicked!!!), De La Soul, The Roots. This is basically the collection most often played on my stereo at home and in the car.

Now, finally, with regards to this particular album, the sound is great – like those that start at track one and carries you all the way through; then, when you come to terms, it’s suddenly done and you want more… You know which kind of album I’m talking about, right???!!! This is it. I don’t think De La has put out anything similar or as good. Lots of people and critics talk about their previous release Three Feet High And Rising – which is, don’t get me wrong, an incredible album -, as being their best. I beg to differ. According to this humble opinion, thee best is Buhloone Mindstate. Serioulsy, give it a listen.

Tracks?! Ok, so, this is tough. Where to begin. Sure, with track 5, “I Be Blowin'”. Listen to the sax. It’s an instrumental track, yes, no lyrics, and yes again, by a Hip-Hop outfit. Great, great tune. One of my favourite all-time greatest tracks. It flows, meanders through sound and thought and seems to provoke a mellow feeling. You can’t help feeling pleasant listening to this. “Eye Patch”, the first song, second track (taking into account the INTRO), has the coolest guitar. As I mentioned previously, track 4, “Patti Duke” has the participation of the Guru – worth a listen. Also, it’s got a sample for The Pharcyde’s track “Running” – check it out. Hmmm, maybe my next post should be about “Labcabincalifornia” – more on that later. Last track I want to mention before this post gets completely out of hand is “Ego Trippin’ (Part 2)”. I think this stands out as the album’s spirit, it represents the feel of the release. I’m out…


One Comment

  1. Já não era sem tempo, meu caro. Seus comentários “musicais” faziam falta. Keep up the good work!

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