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DTH OrmibusThaFsdayrApFrt 6, 49895 "Three Feet" quickly By RANDAL BULLOCK Staff Writer I have a dream that one day little black kids and little white kids will stop making fun of killing one another and will play together, laughing and dancing and poking fun at those who truly deserve scorn game-show hosts. And since the cradle of this dream is Sesame Street, where blacks and whites already learn Spanish and addition together while they bum effigies of Bill Culien, it is only fitting that De La Soul would cover a Sesame Street learning song, "The Magic Number " as the opening track on their debut album, "Three Feet High and Rising." The issue of De La Soul is def initely one of black and white, but it cannot be considered a black white issue, we're talking hegem ony politics here, and an impromptu essay on the effec Beneath the Banyan Tree By peter Kirby . . r j3 I 14 I 5 I p I 7 " fi j ' 9 " " 12 1 13 I 1 14 I '. 1 17 j - 1Q I , I 20 1 22 I l 1 23 I 24 I """" - - -T j . - 28 ' : . 1 "' i milium I' " ii i i i iiiiuiiii i mi inn i L 30 ACROSS 4. Often illegible handwriting, je ne sais quoi 7. Prey 9. " . gloom"(Eliot) 10. Foul, distasteful stench or display(critic's vocabulary) 11. Purple 12. Twisted 15. "I you, DON'T TOUCH THAT DOORKNOB, THE FATE OF THE WORLD HANGS IN THE BALANCE!" 19. Insurmountable rival 21. Financially dependent 23. A Station in the 25. Subtle, delicate shading (critic's vocabulary), je le sais seulement 28. "Get chummy" 29. Unkempt and shaggy 30. Lyric sung by Willie Wonka's orange-faced midgets DOWN 1. Crucial pier it ... 2. The god of love . . '.' :.t' '. tiveness of a black man's voice in a white man's world, the subtitle of which would have to read "The Decolonization of America: Ted Turner's Worst Nightmare" or perhaps "We're All Just Red and Messy When We Get Mowed Down in a Crack War, Anyway." From the flowery, smiley-smile cover right down to the full hour's worth of mock game show within, De La Soul rfrom the soul for you Anglophiles") has made the first rap album Gandhi might have chilled with. The De La Formula de emphasizes the chin-jarring thunder-drum beats in favor of a gentler, easier groove that puts a smiley-smile in your booty and then circulates about until you're shimmying and shuffling and showing nothing but teeth on your way to De La Heaven. So what makes them so De La Special? Well, the material they steal, for one thing. De La Soul 3. Cruel despot 4. Finesse, cleverness(critic's forte) 5. "Yeah, I thought I should go this vacation and find my roots" 6. Initials of the Political Activist, Always Invisible Condition 8. Ecstatic promenade 13. Smooth and balanced 14. Yellow Dutch cheese rolled into balls 16. Delicate burst(critic's Vocabulary) 17. "I hate Turner!" 18. "You me, Edgar Tracy, where are your manners!" 20. Meager, almost wholly inadequate(critic's sense of reality) 22. Snub 23. Manly andor Latino 24. Egoist 26. Jason's ship in his quest for the Golden Fleece 27. Symbol of pitch See ANSWERS page 9 breaking the rules of tests the boundaries between a post-modern concern with inter textuality and flat-out copyright violation. But like Public Enemy, it is not noble enough merely to borrow one must borrow the right stuff and get away with it. To that end, De La Soul gives co songwriting credit to the source of the sample. This accreditation only scratches the surface, however. The riff to just about every song is recognizable. 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That's a cheap shot really, since not only is the unifying, subtle-as-daisies groove distinctly theirs and theirs alone, but De La Soul's choice of samples and the De La Context in which they appear are much greater than the sum of the parts. "Three Feet High and Rising" shows a creative intelligence capable of nudging rap onto a gentler course, which could only prolong the genre's potential life span. Remember, raw energy only goes so far before it eats itself alive. Darby Crash, are you listening? price of our 100-item dinner menu is about $8.00. II Palio Ristorante There is no spectacle in all of Europe like The Palio in Siena, Italy. In Chapel Hill there is no finer dining than that at The Siena Hotel. II Palio serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its highly trained chefs prepare magnificent Italian cuisine that is served by attentive staff in an elegant setting. - Colonel Chutney !s When it's time to relax! 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