Hip Hop Be Bop


Hip Hop Be Bop

cost of living

Apollo Brown & Philmore Greene – Cost Of Living (LP/CD) [Mello Music Group]


Arrested Development – Don’t Fight Your Demons +2 (2xLP) [Wienerworld]

Don't Fight Your Demons

Various Artists – The Daisy Age (2xLP Restock) [Ace Records]


It wasn’t really a movement, barely even a moment, but the Daisy Age was an ethos that permeated pop, R&B and hip-hop at the turn of the 90s. Playfulness and good humour were central to De La Soul’s 1989 debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising, which would go on to cast a long, multi-coloured shadow over rap.

In Britain, the timing for 3 Feet High And Rising couldn’t have been better. The acid house explosion of 1988 would lead to a radical breaking down of musical barriers in 1989, and its associated look – loose clothing, dayglo colours, smiley faces – chimed with the positivity of De La Soul and rising New York rap acts the Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest, all at the heart of a growing collective called Native Tongues.

The Native Tongues’ charismatic, summery aura quickly spread west to the Bay Area’s similarly-minded Hieroglyphics crew (Del Tha Funky Homosapien’s Mistadobalina); Canada’s Dream Warriors (My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style) used 3 Feet High’s colour palette and borrowed Count Basie and Quincy Jones riffs; Naughty By Nature (OPP) were mentored by Native Tongues heroine Queen Latifah, while Londoner Monie Love was also adopted by the collective, resulting in her Grammy-nominated It’s A Shame (My Sister).

It wasn’t built to last, but the Daisy Age reintroduced Multiplication Rock, bubble writing and the gently psychedelic into the charts. It was a brief, but extraordinarily warm and optimistic moment. The songs on this collection promised that the 90s would be a lot more easy-going than the 80s.





Various Artists – The Daisy Age (2xLP Restock) [Ace Records]


  • De La Soul – A Roller Skatin Jam Named “Saturdays”
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
  • Freestyle Fellowship – Sunshine Men
  • Del The Funkee Homosapien – Mistadobalina
  • Fu-Schnickens – What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock?) (K-Cut’s Fat Trac Remix) (feat. Shaquille O’Neal)
  • Digital Underground – Doowutchalike
  • KMD – Peachfuzz
  • Jungle Brothers – Doin Our Own Dang
  • Queen Latifah – Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children
  • Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.
  • Digable Planets – Where I’m From
  • Monie Love – It’s A Shame (My Sister)
  • Justin Warfield – K Sera Sera
  • Brand Nubian – All For One
  • Leaders Of The New School – Case Of The P.T.A.
  • Dream Warriors – My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style
  • Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours
  • Chi Ali – Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A #
  • Da Bush Babees – We Run Things (It’s Like Dat)
  • Groove Garden – You’re Not Coming Home (Mase’s Funky Recall Mix)


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