For some reason I’ve never listened to this album before?? While admittedly I was never hugely into De La Soul, I’ve always enjoyed their their sounds and I guess I never gave their albums the attention they deserved.
Buhloone Mindstate is a brilliant musical piece, the whole album has a consistent sound, nice sounding drum loops and melodies keeping things moving, each song has it’s own flavour but there’s an overall jazzy sound holding the album together. Prince Paul really outdid himself with these beats. Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo all sound great throughout too, lyrically tight, never repetitive and focusing on a range of subject matters (most famously on the notorious Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) which supposedly caused beef between De La Soul and Tupac), with flows as on point as they always are. MC Shorty no Mass makes regular appearances too delivering some great performances.
It’s nice to hear Guru make an appearance too – as a side note I’m still on the lookout for an actual guest appearance from Guru outside of a Gang Starr project (this and Dilated Peoples’ Worst Comes To Worst are more spoken word than rap verses). In fact all the guest appearance on Buloone Mindstate really help elevate the album’s sounds.
Also – thankfully no skits! Especially for De La Soul this is awesome. Buhloone Mindstate is a start-to-finish listen. Put it on, soak up the sound and enjoy what can only be described as quality music.
Republished from: The Rap Blog