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De La Soul – Say No Go (Tommy Boy)

Classics: De La Soul – Say No Go (Tommy Boy)

De La Soul came straight to fame with the release of their debut-album – ‘3 Feet High & Rising’ – back in 1987 with production work courtesy of Prince Paul.
An album that would spawn classics such as ‘Me, Myself & I’ and ‘Eye Know’. But also ‘Say No Go’ borrowing the bass/rhythm line of Hall & Oates‘s classic ‘I Can’t Go For That’

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– Hip-Hop trio De La Soul saw the light back in 1987 in Long Island, NY. Born from the reunion between high school mates Posdnuous, Maseo and Dave who formed a group, they came to the attention of producer Prince Paul.
They most likely made themselves a name for their versatility, as displayed on their sampling. The quality of their lyrics. Not to mention their contribution to the evolution of Jazz Rap along with Gangstarr. Their debut-album, ‘3 Feet High and Rising’, is widely seen as a Hip-Hop manifesto.

De La Soul are the second longest standing Native Tongues Posse group after the Jungle Brothers. In 2006, the thresome won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on ‘Feel Good Inc.’

Hall & Oates are an musical pair from Philadelphia, PA. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist. Meanwhile John Oates primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals. The two wrote most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They reached their peak from the late 70’s to the mid-80’s delivering a blend of Rock and Rhythm and Blues vibes.

Hall & Oates are the third best-selling music duo of all time. They are best known for their six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. From ‘Rich Girl’ to ‘Kiss On My List’, ‘Private Eyes’, ‘Maneater’ and ‘Out Of Touch’.

The second single from their 1981 ‘Private Eyes’ album, ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ got Hall & Oates as well to the #1 position in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Its conception/appraoch in a quite unusual way most likely explains its particular sounding. With Hall playing its bassline on a Korg organ which their sound engineer recorded instantly.

Speaking of its theme, John Oates explained that, unlike many people may think, the song isn’t about relationship. But about the way music business worked already at the time. With artists being told what to do although without being really surrounded by label managers.

Countless artists sampled it as a matter of fact. From De La Soul (on ‘Say No Go’) to Heavy D. But also Stereo MC’s and Simply Red to name but a few.

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