De La SoulDe La Soul Is Dead

Label:Chrysalis Records – RMM-052-1, AOI Records – RMM-052-1
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Jazzy Hip-Hop


A2Oodles Of O's
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Walking To War"]War
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Diamonds On My Windshield"]Thomas Waits*
Written-By, Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Funky Drummer"]James Brown
A3Talkin' Bout Hey Love
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Hey Love"]Stevie Wonder
Performer [Heyish Riffin']Tesha Sills
Performer [Heyish Singer]Ann Roberts
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Hey Love"]Clarence Paul, Morris Ervin Broadnax*, Stevie Wonder
Written-By, Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Les Oubliettes"]Serge Gainsbourg
A4Pease Porridge
Performer [Fight Commentators]Mikey Roads, Squirrel (10)
Performer [Gossip Gladiators]Jennette (2), Lashawn (2)
Performer [Grandma Mase]Squirrel (10)
Performer [Jabib]Jarobi
Performer [Scheming Punk Pinocchios]Bobby Simmons, Prince Paul
Performer [The Frog]Lisle Leete
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Black-Eyed Susan Brown"]All Goodhart*, Al Hoffman, Herbert Magidson
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Pease Porridge Hot"]John Newbery (2)
A5Skit 10:25
A6Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From The BK Lounge)1:56
A7A Rollerskating Jam Named "Saturdays"
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Evil Vibrations"]The Mighty Ryeders*
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Good Times"]Chic
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Grease"]Frankie Valli
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Light My Fire"]Young Holt Unlimited
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Saturday In The Park"]Chicago (2)
Performer [Disco Diva Singer]Vinia Mojica
Performer [WRMS Personality]Russell Simmons
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Evil Vibrations"]Rod Mathews*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Good Times"]Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Grease"]Barry Alan Gibb*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "I Got My Mind Made Up"]Kim Miller, Raymond Earl, Scott Miller*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Saturday In The Park"]Robert William Lamm*
B1WRMS' Dedication To The Bitty
Written-By, Performer [Contains Excerpts From "In All My Wildest Dreams"]Joe Sample
B2Bitties In The BK Lounge
Performer [Bitties]Almond Joy, Jenette, Monique (5), Naima (3), Tonya (2)
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "It's Your Thing"]Lou Donaldson
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "No Frills"]Taana Gardner
Performer [WRMS Personality]Baby Chris*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "It's Your Thing"]O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "No Frills"]Kenton Nix
B3Skit 20:30
B4My Brother's A Basehead
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Game Of Love"]Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders*
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Hang On Sloopy"]The McCoys
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Stick 'Em"]The Fat Boys*
Performer [Gospel Singers]Squirrel (10), Dove*
Performer [Preacher]Squirrel (10)
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Game Of Love"]Clint Ballard Jr.
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Stick 'Em"]Damon Yul Wimbley*, Darren Robinson, Mark Morales
B5Let, Let Me In
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "At My Front Door"]The El Dorados
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "The Three Little Pigs"]George Rose
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Tramp"]Lowell Fulson
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "At My Front Door"]Ewart G Abner Jr*, John C Moore*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "The Three Little Pigs"]James Halliwell-Phillipps
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Tramp"]Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson
B6Afro Connections At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum)
Written-By, Performer [Contains Excerpts From "For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes"]James Brown
C1Rap De Rap Show
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It"]Carolyn Johns*, Lawrence Farrow*
C2Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?", "I'll Stay"]Funkadelic
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "I'll Stay"]George Clinton
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?"]George Clinton, Grace Cook
C3Who Do U Worship?
Performer [Happy Pessimistic Nerdish Realist]Ronald Chavelier
C4Skit 30:32
C5Kicked Out The House1:55
C6Pass The Plugs
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Oops! Here I Go Again"]Edna Wright
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Oops! Here I Go Again"]William Marvin Smith*, Edna Wright, Gregory Stephen Perry*
C7Not Over Till The Fat Lady Plays The Demo
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "En Melody"]Serge Gainsbourg
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Fat Boys"]Fat Boys
Performer [Scheming-Type Theme Noise For The Fat Lady]Pos
Performer [Slippery Tongue Petro Dialogue Narrator]Dove*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "En Melody"]Jean-Claude Michel Vannier*, Serge Gainsbourg
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Fat Boys"]Damon Yul Wimbley*, Kurtis Walker, Mark Morales, Ronald Miller*, William Waring
D1Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Beat"]Lou Johnson
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Help Is On The Way"]The Whatnauts
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Pass The Peas"]The J.B.'s
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Beat"]Allen Toussaint
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Help Is On The Way"]James Stanley Carter*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Pass The Peas"]Charles Bobbit, James Brown, John Starks*
D2WRMS: Cat's In Control
Performer [Sexy One-Night-Stand Radio Personality]Cat Jackson
Written-By, Performer [Contains Excerpts From "In All My Wildest Dreams"]Joe Sample
D3Skit 40:12
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Mr. Groove"]One Way
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Placebo Syndrome", "Flash Light"]Parliament
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Flash Light"]Bernard Worrell*, William Earl Collins*, George Clinton Jr*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Mr. Groove"]Kevin Duane McCord*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Placebo Syndrome"]William Nelson Jr*, George Clinton Jr*
D5Fanatic Of The B Word
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Freedom"]Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "That's No Lie"]White Lightnin' (3)
Vocals [Zooted Vocal Intro]Mike "Dreddy Bear" G*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "That's No Lie"]Busta Cherry Jones*, Donald Edward Kinsey*, Ralph Edward Kinsey*
D6Keepin' The Faith
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Could You Be Loved"]Bob Marley & The Wailers
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "Sign Of The Times"]Bob James
Performer [Contains Excerpts From "The Champ"]The Mohawks
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Could You Be Loved"]Bob Marley
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Just A Touch Of Love"]Daniel Webster*, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Raymond Guy Turner*, Starleana Young, Steve Arrington, Thomas Henry Lockett*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "Sign Of The Times"]Rodney Lynn Temperton*
Written-By [Contains Excerpts From "The Champ"]Harry Palmer (3)
D7Skit 50:32

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℗ & © 2023 A.O.I., LLC under exclusive license to Chrysalis Records Limited

All boring tracks recorded at Calliope Productions
Mixed at Battery Studios and Island Media
Made In Czech Republic on back of sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 810098502948
  • Barcode (Printed): 8 10098 50294 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, variant 1): RMM-052-1 A 1574976 254446E1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, variant 1): RMM-052-1 B 1438627 254446E2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C, variant 1): RMM-052-1 C 1429389 254446E3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D, variant 1): RMM-052-1 D 1577685 254446E4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, variant 2): RMM-052-1 A 1581219 254446E1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, variant 2): RMM-052-1 B 1438627 254446E2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C, variant 2): RMM-052-1 C 1429389 254446E3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D, variant 2): RMM-052-1 D 1577685 254446E4
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: SACEM
  • Rights Society: PRS

Other Versions (5 of 83)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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De La Soul Is Dead (LP, Album)Big Life, Big Life, Big LifeBLR LP 8, BLR LP8, BLR LP8 - 1UK1991
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De La Soul Is Dead (LP, Album)Mega RecordsMRLP 3184Scandinavia1991
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De La Soul Is Dead (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Promo)Tommy BoyTB 1041US1991
De La Soul Is Dead (CD, Album)Tommy BoyTBCD 3682Europe1991
De La Soul Is Dead (LP, Album)EastWest, Tommy Boy9031-74358-1Europe1991



  • james485's avatar
    Cover art confused me because it was very bad on front but inserts were very nice but that doesn’t matter because the LP Sounded great. Sleeves were a bit hard to take the vinyl out but no problems, glad all the tracks got pressed this time!
    • Hambo-11's avatar
      Nothing special to be honest
      Cover and inner sleeves look very cheap
      LP sounds very muffled
      What a shame!
      • master-k's avatar
        Got some sound issues on my copy.. Got a new vinyl of the album from the same place.. same sound issue on the second one they sent me.. It's like weak sound on some parts before the sound comes back to normal again..
        Anyone with the same problem?
        • Trumasterz's avatar
          Edited 4 months ago
          Disappointing release. Just compared with VMP 2019 release and it is just like listening to a whole different album. VMP release is the best pressing out there. Sound quality VMP is also superieur. Avoid!
          • plekuz's avatar
            Happy the five tracks missing from the 1991 vinyl release are added here.
            • tomtom2017's avatar
              I am a bit confused... I used to listen to this one a lot back in the days, but something sounds different here. I heard about the sample issues, so I am wondering if I am just confused, or does "Ring Ring Ring" really sound different, e.g. because of changed/missing samples? (Yes, Cvr very lame, Soundwise ok, very treble-shy).
              • gatorost's avatar
                Edited 9 months ago
                Just received today from Juno UK. Arrived in great condition and the records sound great, considering the original mix. Comic art on the inner sleeves is distorted (from enlargement of CD booklet?) but that’s the only complaint. Obviously a lavish gatefold cover on thick card would be better, but I can live with this.
                • Mayfield_1's avatar
                  Edited 9 months ago
                  Cheap repro cover - records sound okay but not great. I miss the love on the manufacturer’s side - if it would be half as big as on the fan-side they would honor this masterpiece and work accordingly: shame on de la too. If they would care, all the people in the foodchain behind them would too.
                  • milesdon's avatar
                    Another really disappointing reproduction of the original sleeve, looks like it's been badly scanned from an original copy, out of focus/loss of detail. A real shame, the 2LP 2023 pressing of '3 Feet High...' had the same issues. I could of done a better job myself.
                    • sneekylong's avatar
                      I keep seeing everyones positive feedback on the sound quality of this but to my ears it just sounds a bit flat. No real punch. Could've been worse but could've been a lot better too.


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