Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 7:16am
SOUND OFF: What Hip Hop Album Is IMPORTANT Enough To Be Protected by the L.O.C.?
The Library of Congress Chose to Protect De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” for Hip Hop in 2011 but do you agree?
Each year Librarian, James H. Billington of the Library of Congress with an assist from the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) select 25 works regarded as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Last year I told you about the posthumous honor bestowed upon 2Pac’s 1995 hit single “Dear Mama”. At the time it joined Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five‘s “The Message” and Public Enemy ‘s iconic “Fear of A Black Planet” as the only works to be protected by the National Library. But yesterday it was announced that De La Soul’s debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising would join the ranks of just 325 total recordings protected and only the fourth such Hip Hop project.
Now while I have a tremendous amount of respect for De La, and can actually associate that project with a specific era in my life, so to that end I can certainly consider the project “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” to me. But for it to be the fourth such project? Come on! There are far more significant albums that should be protected before 3 Feet High and Rising. I don’t have any qualms with the previously chosen projects by Pac, PE and Grand Master Flash but not only was this project not on the same level, the group’s significance wasn’t either. I’ve got a few projects in mind that I think HISTORICALLY speaking are more important but I want to hear your opinions.
SOUND OFF: What Albums do YOU Feel are culturally, historically and aesthetically significant enough to be protected by the Library of Congress?!
Shout to: xxl for the info