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On this day in music history: March 3, 1989 – “3 Feet High And Rising”, the debut album by De La Soul is released. Produced by Prince Paul, it is recorded at Calliope Studios in New York from Early 1988 – Early 1989. Hailing from Amityville, Long Island, NY, the rap trio featuring Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy The Dove (David Jolicoeur) and DJ Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason) along with Stetsasonic DJ Prince Paul producing, create what becomes regarded as one of the “masterworks of Hip Hop”. The album eschews the normal variety of James Brown/R&B based samples and typical B-Boy lyrical style and posturing. With its wide range of innovative and quirky sampling combined with often humorous and thought provoking lyrics, changes the face of rap music and broadens its audience. A critical and commercial success upon its release, it spins off five singles including “Me, Myself & I” (#1 R&B). The album is remastered and reissued as a two CD deluxe edition in 2001, with the first disc containing the contents of the original CD release. Disc two is a bonus CD featuring original 12" mixes and non-album B-sides. Originally issued on a single vinyl LP in 1989, it is reissued as a double LP set for greatly improved fidelity and volume. In 2013, Rhino Records reissues the double vinyl set in a limited edition pressed on pink and yellow vinyl, as an exclusive through retailer Urban Outfitters. In 2010, the album is named to the registry of the National Recording Preservation Board by the Library Of Congress. “3 Feet And Rising” spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number twenty four on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.