Plug 1 & Plug 2, Dave and Posdnuos of De La Soul, present First Serve. For unknown reasons, Maseo, the third member of De La Soul, is absent. What results is an a poppier version of previous De La Soul releases.
Don’t judge First Serve by its Black-eyed Peas looking cover. It’s better than it looks. Generally, it is positive hip-hop and the lyrics are witty enough to cause one to crack a smile from time to time. The distinct voices of Dave and Posdnuos provide a great balance for the sound of the album as they verbally trade verses.
The absence of Maseo on this release is sure to have people talking about De La Soul breaking up, but there isn’t any evidence on the internet that this is the case. “The Book of Life” has lyrics that suggest there may have been tension in the group. “This is how we is when it comes to the biz. Off point, off centered. When you point it out he gets ill-tempered. The promoter of the show pissed because the the spot had a curfew… We only did four songs, but we were supposed to do more songs, now Ken do is dealing with a riot at the venue…Friends, how many have them? How long before they split like atoms?…I don’t disappear for hoes, unlike you who disappears for days for hoes.” And so forth and so on. Several other songs seem to hint at underlying tensions. But who am I to speculate?
One thing I forget about is that lots of hip-hop albums include skits, which I could do without. In a day of picking which mp3s you want on your iPod, these tracks are unlikely to be loaded. Artist – don’t waste your time writing these things. You’re never as funny or clever as you think.
Generally speaking, I think hip-hop needs something new and exciting to bring people back into the genre. First Serve isn’t it. While there are a couple enjoyable songs on the album, it doesn’t do anything you haven’t heard before. You’re going to forget about this release just like you forgot about DMX until you heard he was releasing a new album. And let’s be honest, you’re not even interested in hearing it.
Jason: “After the first listen I’m not really feeling this album. The track “We Made It” is good, but the rest is meh. Might have to give it another listen.”
Verdict: Worth a spin, but it’s unlikely that First Serve will go into regular rotation.
Prediction: Not a classic. You’ll forget about this album in a few months.
Video from First Serve
De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2
“Must B The Music”