Monday, September 24th, 2012
Buhloone Mindstate: Counting Down the 19 Best De La Soul Skits
Monday, September 24th, 2012by Up North Trips Comments (4)

Buhloone Mindstate: Counting Down the 19 Best De La Soul Skits

De La Soul’s classic album Buhloone Mindstate saw its release nineteen years ago today. The group’s third album was the last to album that was produced by Prince Paul. The breakup appears to be amicable: in fact, Pos and Dave still turn up on Prince Paul’s many side projects to this day. Back in ’93 though-smack in the middle of the street-fueled Gangster Rap Era, De La’s music stood away from the pack, making genre-shifting music that was more critically acclaimed than popular. 

Leading the charge of the Native Tongue movement, one that stood for for peace and harmony, De La’s aura was more happy, humorous, and fun than their hardcore counterparts. They pushed the creativity of rap to it’s limits, in both flow and fashion, leading some to coin the group as “hip hop hippies”.

Earmarked by their unique use of clever wordplay and dope production, De La’s album’s made you nod your head while at the same time laughing your ass off. One of their greatest contributions to the rap game was their use of skits on their albums.  This wasn’t an all brand new idea;  Ice Cube’s Death Certificate made use of lighter, funnier skits to break up the seriousness of that album, but De La took the idea to the next level.

So in order to celebrate the release of this album, and to pay homage to one of the most slept-on trio’s in the game, we decided to take a look at ALL of their albums, and put together our list of the top 19 De La Soul Skits.  ENJOY.

19. “Skit 5″
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown: Dres is back questioning the album after realizing that there were no guns, pimps, or curse words.

18. “Do as De La Does”
3 Feet High and Rising
Breakdown: De La paying homage to the “call and response” style of party rockers. Obviously they aren’t doing it seriously, as they run through pocket checks for cough drops, condoms and shout out soft drinkers. Oh, and I still call people scungilli heads.

17. “Not Over till the Fat Lady Plays the Demo”
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown: This skit should’ve been an entire song.  Trugouy kills this story about being chased by a fat chick with a demo. .The story is hillarious, and only Prince Paul could work the ill Serge Gainsbourg sample with a Slick Rick sample.

16 . “I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)”
Album: 3 Feet High & Rising
Breakdown: This is a complete parody of JJ Fad’s “Supersonic” but taken to the next level. The rhymes couldn’t get any more corny on the original and they seemed to out do those. It’s easy to see that Maseo and the boys weren’t feeling the Jam Pony Express style booty shakin’ music that was competing with hip hop on the charts. Luther Campbell was somewhat labeled for starting the movement, but we also know he sampled this song over a dozen times. At least Luke’s was cool.

15. “Johnny’s Dead AKA Vincent Mason (live in BK Lounge)
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown:  When you put two creative people in front of a crowd you get hilarious things like this. Prince Paul on keys Plug One tearing up the vocals.This micro song explains how Johnny died taking a bullet to the dome. By all the laughing in the background, it’s safe to say this was a total freestyle

14. Dave Has a Problem…Seriously
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Breakdown: This is one of those perfect examples where an inside joke, turns into a skit.  I have no fucking clue what is going on here, however it is definitely clear. Dave Has a Problem. Seriously.

13. “Reverend Do Good #1″ / “Reverend Do Good #2″ / Reverend Do Good #3
Album: AOI: Bionix
The Reverend Do Good pops up all over their sixth album. In the final Reverend Do Good skit, there is one final advertisement for Ghost Weed, which was a re-occurring skit on their 2001 album, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump. This time around, a youngster takes a hit of the substance, then morphs into J Dilla, who provided the intro and outro to the marijuana-themed song “Peer Pressure” (which he also produced).

12. “WRMS’ Dedication to the Bitty”
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown:  Radio station interludes have always been popular in music, especially hip hop. It gives the listener a feeling of authenticity and helps waste time simultaneously breaking up an album. Joe Sample’s “In All My Wildest Dreams” sets the tone for this half baked radio announcement by Cat Jackson.

11. “Rap de Rap Show”
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown: Everyone loves Dew Doo Man. A bit of  long-ass interlude, but showcases a serious line up of players  praising Paul’s alter ego, the Dew Doo Man Even Prince Paul himself jumps in on the fun.

10. “Intro”

Album: 3 Feet High & Rising
Breakdown: This is what originally set the standard feel for how De La operated mentally. They transform themselves into totally random game show contestants over an annoyingly repetitive bar scene loop. All this to answer 4 questions no one would ever want to know the answer to.

9. “De La Orgee”
Album: 3 Feet High & Rising
Breakdown: Maybe a best sex skit/interlude post sometime soon? This, Biggie’s “Fuck Me” and Pun’s “Taster Choice”, would definitely round out the top three.  Barry White’s “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More” sets the back drop for the sexcapade that unfolds here. Prince Paul jacked it over a year before Dr. Dre copied it and put his own flip on it for “Just Don’t Bite It”. Does anyone else see a pattern here?

8. “Kicked Out the House”
Album: De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown:  In rap’s history we’ve seen rappers shit on other rappers. Heard them shit on other crews. Even witness them dis whole regions. But rarely do we hear a crew shit on an entire genre, and that’s what De La did here. Their disdain for House is something of a head-scratcher, as there Native Tongue counterparts, the Jungle Brothers practically made Hip-Hop House famous.

7. “Intro” (Stickabush)
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Breakdown: Clearly they’re not talking about balloons here.

6. “Paul’s Revenge”
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Breakdown: You won’t like Paul when he’s angry, and Paul is angry. Venting over voice mail, he aims his anger towards The Source  for not crediting his work with Slick Rick. They used sound effects to cover up the specifics of who at the mag he was calling out, however he made it clear to say, “you can quote me, and you can record this and put this on record” and then tops it off with, “hope you have a pleasant day.”

5. “Intro”
De La Soul Is Dead
Breakdown:  The album kicks off with the intro-as-children’s storybook format. The intro continues with some back and forth dialogue between a bunch of school kids, when one finds a De La tape in the garbage, and is eventually beat down for it. After bringing the girlies inflated talk about Vanilla Ice to a halt, he is bullied by none other than Dres from Black Sheep and forced to give up the tape he just came up on. Straight Jack Move.

4, “Can You Keep a Secret”
Album: 3 Feet High & Rising
Breakdown: Years before the Ying Yang Twins popularized the whisper flow De La was all over the shit. Back in the late 80′s/early 90s hip hop songs had much faster tempos from the days of today. From The UMC’s “Never Never Land“, to songs like Grand Puba’s “360″, our heads and necks stayed plenty busy. So it would make sense to say that higher tempo skits would come into play. This must have been totally done on the fly because, you really can’t write things that dumb. We found out who likes pudding, who needs a haircut, who has dandruff, and finally who was the super scrub of the camp. Dante.

3. “Ghost Weed
Album: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
Breakdown: Easily Top 5 skit right here. Ever. This group of three different skits weren’t stand alone skits, but wrapped into tracks on the group’s fifth album. The first skit is a mock commercial for a fake product they call  “Ghost Weed”.  In each of the skits, the announcer introduces the product, and explains that by smoking the Ghost Weed they can magically sound like any rapper they choose. The skit pokes fun at both the pot smoking MC’s and ghost writing at the same time.  The three MC’s featured are: Pharoah Monche, Phife Dawg, and Black Though

2. “Cool Breeze on the Rocks”
3 Feet High & Rising
Breakdown: Prince Paul. Nuff said. Prince Paul digs up 17 snippets that feature the word “Rock” and mixes them together in a string of organized mayhem. He touches everything from Public Enemy and LL Cool J to Ashford and Simpson.

1. “Long Island Wilin’
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Breakdown: I mean how great is this?  Japanese rappers Scha Dara Parr SDP And Takagi Kan drop a couple of quick verses, over some Prince Paul production. Originally slated to be the intro to the album, Prince Paul and De La scrapped the idea, thinking people wouldn’t take them seriously.  The cross cultural collaboration was somewhat of an introduction to  Japanese rap back then proving  that hip-hop was bigger than just the United States. BRING THAT BEAT BACK!


  1. Mr. Lawnge appears on the De La Soul Is Dead skits, not Dres.

  2. Lovin the list! My friend and I had our bubble burst about #5. De La concert in SF and Dres made an appearance. My friend and I were working at a college radio station, and were gonna try and get a couple drops from Dres. One as himself, and one as “hemorrhoid.” To our dismay, he revealed to us that Mr. Lawnge was, in fact, Hemorrhoid the leader. Van Damme!!!

  3. While I commend you on this, I must correct you on a few errors that are blatantly obvious to a De La fan. #19 the first entry; it is Mista Lawnge not Dres who is Hemmoroid the leader. You make that same error on #5, it’s Lawnge not Dres! #15, it is Plug 2, Trugoy aka Dave singing, not Pos. #3, the name is Black Thought from the Roots crew, not ‘Black Though’.
    word booty.
    *crocker crocker*

  4. While I commend you on this, I must correct you on a few errors that are blatantly obvious to any De La fan. #19 the first entry, it is Mista Lawnge not Dres who is Hemorrhoid the leader. You make the same error on #5, it’s Lawnge not Dres! #15, it is Plug 2, Trugoy aka Dave singing, not Pos. #3 the name is Black Thought from the Roots crew, not ‘Black Though’.
    word booty.
    *crocker crocker*