Buhloone Mindstate

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Buhloone Mindstate
Buhloone Mindstate cover.jpg
Studio album by De La Soul
Released September 21, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop
Length 48:14
Label Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Prince Paul, De La Soul
De La Soul chronology
De La Soul Is Dead
Buhloone Mindstate
Clear Lake Audiotorium (EP)
Singles from Buhloone Mindstate
  1. "Breakadawn"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Ego Trippin' (Part Two)"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Entertainment Weekly A+[3]
RapReviews 10/10 stars[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Source 4.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[8]

Buhloone Mindstate is De La Soul's third full-length album. It was the last De La Soul album to be produced with Prince Paul. Comedian Chris Rock ranked it 10th in his list of the top 25 hip-hop albums of all time that was published in Rolling Stone in 2005.[9]


Title significance[edit]

Buhloone is a phonetic spelling of the English noun "balloon". This theme is laid out in the intro track, which starts with the sound of a balloon being inflated; then the hookline "it might blow up, but it won't go pop" is repeated over and over, until the sound of a balloon popping replaces the final word "pop". This lends itself to the interpretation that the group hope to expand their popularity with their third album without selling out.

Songs and guests[edit]

De La Soul continued the early 1990s experimentations with jazz by featuring jazz veterans Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, and Pee Wee Ellis, on "Patti Dooke" and "I Am I Be". The song "Patti Dooke" deals with what the group sees as the mainstream's efforts to control the direction of black music. Posdnous raps:

I'm known as the farmer
Cultivatin' mate without mendin'
Bendin', compromising any of my styles to gain a smile
Listen while you hear it
There's no pink in my slip
I reckon that the rhythm and the blues in the rap got me red
While the boys from Tommy playing bridge crossin' to a larger community
Yet they're soon to see I have a brother named Luck

The Japanese rappers Scha Dara Parr and Takagi Kan make an appearance on "Long Island Wildin'" while Biz Markie drops by on "Stone Age" and Guru makes a spoken cameo on "Patti Dooke" ("Peace to my man Premier''...So guard your trenches 'cause we runnin' through 'em. "). Dres of Black Sheep appears, and the album heavily features Shortie No Mass of Philadelphia. The album was preceded by the single and video "Breakadawn", which features samples from Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help it" and Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   0:52
2. "Eye Patch"   2:27
3. "En Focus" (featuring Shortie No Mass and Dres of Black Sheep) 3:15
4. "Patti Dooke" (featuring Guru, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis) 5:54
5. "I Be Blowin'" (featuring Maceo Parker) 4:58
6. "Long Island Wildin'" (featuring Scha Dara Parr and Takagi Kan) 1:30
7. "Ego Trippin' (Part Two)"   3:52
8. "Paul's Revenge"   0:43
9. "3 Days Later"   2:39
10. "Area"   3:31
11. "I Am I Be" (featuring Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis) 5:03
12. "In the Woods" (featuring Shortie No Mass) 4:01
13. "Breakadawn"   4:14
14. "Dave Has a Problem...Seriously"   0:55
15. "Stone Age" (featuring Biz Markie) 4:13

List of samples[edit]

The following is a list of songs and sound footage sampled in the songs on Buhloone Mindstate.


  • "Deep Gully" by The Outlaw Blues Band

Eye Patch

En Focus

Patti Dooke

Long Island Wildin'

I Be Blowin

  • "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Lou Rawls

Ego Trippin' [Part Two]

Paul's Revenge

3 Days Later


I Am I Be

In the Woods


Dave Has a Problem...Seriously

Stone Age

  • "Lonely Days" by Gregory Isaacs
  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss (drums)
  • "A Little Soulful Tune" by Taj Mahal
  • "Moondial" by Les DeMerle

Album singles[edit]

Single cover Single information
  • Released: 1993
  • B-side: En Focus
"Ego Trippin' (Part Two)"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side: "Lovely How I Let My Mind Float"


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "De La Soul". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Bernard, James (8 October 1993). "Buhloone Mindstate: De La Soul". Entertainment Weekly (#191). 
  4. ^ Selbo, Jordan (28 November 2006). "De La Soul :: Buhloone Mindstate". RapReviews.com. 
  5. ^ Evans, Paul (23 December 1993). "Buhloone Mind State". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  6. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Brett (October 1993). "Buhloone Mindstate: De La Soul". The Source: 67. 
  8. ^ Theleftside2 (16 January 2005). "Buhloone Mindstate: De La Soul". Sputnikmusic. 
  9. ^ "Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 1 September 2011.