De La Soul
Smell The DA.I.S.Y.


4.5
superb

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
May 6th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 03/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We say "Ain't no Dilla like the one I got"/(No one can do shit better)/His beats held the DNA of hip-hop

In the past few years, I’ve grown pretty attached to TenDJiz’s mashup De La Soulviet, which pairs classic verses from the Plug trio with jazz music from the Soviet Union. It’s because of this album that my waning interest in De La Soul was renewed, for, after a more than a decade of stagnant releases from the group itself, I had something to breathe life into their classic material as well as some of the more recent stuff which, on its own merits, was blasé at best.

It’s been a few years since De La Soulviet, but I’m content, because De La Soul did one of those BitTorrent things, and now the world has been introduced to Smell The DA.I.S.Y., a new tape full of vibrant material produced entirely by the late, great, and completely irreplaceable J Dilla. There’s a reason why I chose a quote from “Goes With The Word,” De La Soul’s tribute to Dilla on this tape, as the summary for this review. “We say ‘Ain’t no Dilla like the one I got'/(No one can do shit better)/His beats held the DNA of hip-hop/And kept it hot like a thermal sweater/You can’t duplicate it, so just leave it alone/Nah, you can’t duplicate the sound boy/He had the universe’s sound, but the D was his home (Motown)"- I thoroughly believe this to be one of the most powerful and impactful sets of rap lyrics I’ve come across in years. It’s unfortunate that on livemixtapes, a popular hip-hop mixtape hosting site that determines popularity of releases by points garnered by up or down voting, while the latest Young Thug tape easily breaks into the thousands, I can’t even say for sure Smell The DA.I.S.Y. has even broken one hundred. Not hatin’ on Thug, even if he is the jackass in Guwop’s stable (obligatory Free Gucci plug [haha get it, “plug”]).

As for the rest of the tape, it’s smoov as hell, to put it simply. Posdnous, expectedly, has most of the attention-grabbing bars, but Dave and Maseo both hold it down with the poise and finesse of veteran craftsman, innovators in their trade. The production is fabulous- my cousin Paul said, upon hearing this for the first time, “J’s beats off the bench are better than most producers’ first-stringers.” It’s a true statement. There are tough-as-nails bass-driven rompers like “Vocabulary Spills,” relaxing jazz-hop, and even a foray into the experimental on the last two tracks (the Marvin Jaye mashup is righteous). Honestly, though, if you weren’t already hooked by the idea of hearing fresh Dilla beats, this isn’t for you.



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Hep Kat
May 6th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://tendjiz.bandcamp.com/album/de-la-soulviet

^^^
De La Soulviet stream if anyone's interested

http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/27107/de-la-soul-smell-the-daisy.html

^^^

link to this tape. I was wrong, it's at 151 :'(

SharkTooth
May 6th 2014


4543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this thing needed a review, glad to know it was by someone who knows what he's doing
Pos'd

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2014


31215 Comments


Still need to peep this

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Hep Kat
May 6th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank shawktoof

and yea dev you'd dig it, plenty of stuff to love about this one

Pheromone
May 6th 2014


3542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. Just not feeling it ya feel?

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Hep Kat
May 6th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aw

PappyMason
May 6th 2014


893 Comments


Nice to see a review for this. The tape is pretty enjoyable.

It's also good to see that De La Soul have been pretty active recently. They are legends.

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LambsBread
May 6th 2014


3462 Comments


Who is Marvin Jaye?

No offense but besides the last paragaph of this review, its no good. Doesn't tell anything about the
album or group besides J Dilla produced this and its better than their past shit. It's cool to
see a dope group getting reviewed, but De La deserves better.

I don't really care though, thanks for showing me this album.

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SharkTooth
May 6th 2014


4543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't he rec this to you a long time back?

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014


4507 Comments


Saw this and I thought it was some low-key no bullshit techno artist on L.I.E.S. putting out a super
secret debut EP who just happened to name the project De La Soul

zakalwe
May 6th 2014


8248 Comments


Fallin'
JUDGEMENT NIGHT!!!!!

LordePots
May 6th 2014


6884 Comments


havent been too interested in de la souls newest work but ill check this for 90's sake

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Phlegm
May 6th 2014


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

d($_$)b

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LambsBread
May 7th 2014


3462 Comments


Actually for a mixtape review this isn't bad at all, I forgot this isn't an lp and wanted to hear some themes and shit.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014


31215 Comments


And mixtapes aren't allowed to do that?

LambsBread
May 7th 2014


3462 Comments


this isn't as cohesive as their LPs is what I meant



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