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Pharrell shares the two De La Soul albums he thinks all people need to hear

Written by on January 12, 2023

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De La Soul‘s first six albums will be available on streaming platforms in March, two of which longtime fan Pharrell Williams thinks fans should definitely make time to hear.

Responding to an inquiry during a Q&A session for The Guardian, Pharrell told a fan that the group’s first two albums are important music projects to listen to.

“Everybody needs to get 3 Feet High And Rising and De La Soul Is Dead,” Pharrell responded when asked, “What album, past or present, does everybody need to hear?”

He credited Damon Albarn for understanding the band’s contributions to music and tapping them to be part of a few Gorillaz songs.

“Even when they were going through all their stuff [a disagreement over the rights to their catalog], Damon [Albarn] from Blur put them on the Gorillaz albums, because he gets it,” Pharrell said. “He knows those guys are responsible for making so many of us misfits feel like we actually fit. The De La tribe were the forefathers and founders of the way we see things. I was nearly 16 when 3 Feet High and Rising came out. It was a total game-changer. It changed my life, period. Would I like to work with them? I would do anything for them, they know that. If they don’t, they should.”

De La Soul recently dropped “The Magic Number” on digital music services to celebrate the news of their catalog’s streaming debut.

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