Me Myself and I (De La Soul song)

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"Me Myself and I"
De La Soul Me Myself And I Cover.jpg
Single by De La Soul
from the album 3 Feet High and Rising
Released 1989
Format
Recorded 1988 at Calliope Studios (Brooklyn, New York)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:40
Label Tommy Boy
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
De La Soul singles chronology
"Eye Know"
(1989)
"Me Myself and I"
(1989)
"Say No Go"
(1989)

"Me Myself and I" is a song by American hip hop trio De La Soul, released as a single in 1989 from their debut studio album, 3 Feet High and Rising. It established the group's characteristic style of combining hip hop with humor and social commentary. The group's frustration concerning their forced-upon hippie label is addressed in the typically dry humor which became the De La Soul trademark. It was the group's only number one on the U.S. R&B chart. The song also topped the U.S. Club Play chart.[1]

The song's number 1 position in The Netherlands was spurred by the VPRO television station, who made a documentary about De La Soul after meeting them when they were still unknown.[2] The record label Indisc acquired the local rights from Tommy Boy Records, and immediately seized the opportunity to release the song as a single. It ranked number 46 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. This song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It is also used in the video games NBA Street V3 and NCAA Football 06. The song was used in the opening scene for the season 5 finale of the HBO original series Entourage. As of August 2016 the song appears in a "Back to School" marketing commercial for Macy's.

Music video[edit]

The members of De La Soul sit in a high school guidance counselor's office, lamenting that they have to take a class taught by Professor Defbeat. Prince Paul briefly interrupts the scene to make a statement: "If you take three glasses of water and put food coloring in them, you have many different colors, but it's still the same old water." Trugoy, Posdnuos and Maseo arrive for Defbeat's class, in which he teaches the image-driven, mainstream style of hip-hop. Throughout the video, Posdnuos, Maceo, and Trugoy are teased by their fellow students and punished by Defbeat for sporting a unique style instead of conforming to the more popular hip-hop image. Defbeat and the other students are dressed in the stereotypical rap gear: clunky gold medallions and jewelry, sunglasses, leather jackets, expensive sneakers, jogging suits, and baseball caps worn backwards.

At the end of the video, mirror images of the three De La Soul members appear from the back of the class, each sporting a T-shirt that reads "Mirror Mirror" and an "MM"-marked cap. Each mirror image gives his respective counterpart a form allowing him to drop Defbeat's class. Together, the trio stand up from their desks, throw their drop slips in Defbeat's face, and leave the classroom.

The video also contains brief cameos from A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, along with a brief cameo from Randee of the Redwoods (played by actor/comedian Jim Turner), a comedic hippie character made famous in promotional spots created by MTV in the late 1980s. He is seen during the part of the video where Posdnous says "You say Plug One and Two are hippies/No we're not, that's pure Plug bull".

Track listing[edit]

3-sided 12" single[edit]

The U.S. 12" single of "Me Myself and I" was released as a "3-sided single". Side 1 of the record plays like a normal record. Side 2 was mastered with "parallel grooves". Instead of one continuous groove, there are actually two different grooves on the record. Each time the listener plays the record, it may play something different from before. One groove would play two mixes of "Me Myself and I", while the other groove would play "Brain Washed Follower".

# Title Length
United States 12" single
A1. "Me Myself and I (Radio version)" 3:45
A2. "Ain't Hip to Be Labeled a Hippie" 1:54
A3. "Me Myself and I (Instrumental)" 3:35
A4. "What's More" from the soundtrack Hell on 1st Avenue 2:10
B1. "Me Myself and I (Oblapos Mode)" 3:38
B2. "Me Myself and I (Oblapos Instrumental)" 3:24
C1. "Brain Washed Follower" 3:01
European CD single
1. "Me Myself and I (Radio version)" 3:25
2. "Me Myself and I (Richie Rich Remix)" 7:25
3. "Ain't Hip to Be Labeled a Hippie" 1:54
4. "What's More" from the soundtrack Hell on 1st Avenue 2:10
5. "Brain Washed Follower" 3:01

List of samples[edit]

"Me Myself and I"

"Ain't Hip to Be Labeled a Hippie"

"What's More"

"Brain-Washed Follower"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 34
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Me Myself and I Songfacts
  2. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 nr.1 hits uit de Top 40, page 262, 9023009444 (Book in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – De La Soul – Me Myself and I" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – De La Soul – Me Myself and I" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – De La Soul – Me Myself and I" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – De La Soul – Me Myself and I". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – De La Soul – Me Myself and I". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1989-04-08" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "De La Soul – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for De La Soul. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "De La Soul – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for De La Soul. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "De La Soul – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for De La Soul. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "De La Soul – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for De La Soul. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – De La Soul". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"Miss You Like Crazy" by Natalie Cole
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
June 10, 1989
Succeeded by
"Have You Had Your Love Today" by The O'Jays
Preceded by
"Round & Round" by New Order
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
June 3, 1989
Succeeded by
"Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)" by Roberta Flack