De La Soul’s 1989 album 3 Feet High And Rising reached quite the milestone this week when it was named as one of 25 albums to be added to the Library of Congress’ 2010 National Recording Registry.
The 25 albums were chosen by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington with the help of the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board. The records are chosen based on their cultural, aesthetical, or historical impact.
“America’s recorded-sound heritage has in many ways transformed the soundscape of the modern world, resonating and flowing through our cultural memory,” said Billington in a statement. “Audio recordings have documented our lives and allowed us to share artistic expressions and entertainment. Songs, words and the natural sounds of the world that we live in have been captured on one of the most perishable of all of our art media. The salient question is not whether we should preserve these artifacts, but how best collectively to save this indispensable part of our history.”
Other notable additions to the registry included Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together and New Orleans, blues artist Professor Longhair’s Tipitina album.
3 Feet High And Rising served as the debut album from De La Soul and remains one of Hip Hop’s most recognized albums. Released by Tommy Boy Records the album featured several well-known tracks including “Me Myself And I” and “Buddy.”