100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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44. De La Soul, "Me Myself and I"

Urged by their label to provide their adventurous 1989 debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, with a song that wouldn't be "so over someone's head," De La Soul concocted a cosmically inclusive house-party jam. Their eclectic Daisy Age style got them labeled hip-hop hippies, but it elevated a whole movement of Native Tongues groups like A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers: "We are going back to the Sixties," Posdnuos said in 1989. "But also to the Seventies, the Fifties, the Eighties and on into the future."

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