De La Soul’s iconic 1989 album 3 Feet High And Rising has been selected by the Library of Congress as one of the few additions to the 2010 National Recording Registry. 3 Feet High And Rising will join the elite ranks of just 325 other works which have been selected with the help of the National Recording Preservation Board in order to ensure that “these cultural, artistic and historical recordings always will be available to the American public.”

The NRPB cites this album as meeting the requirement of being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, and also praises De La Soul for “bucking hip-hop’s increasing turn toward stark urban naturalism in the late 1980s” with an “upbeat and often humorous album [released] to widespread acclaim in the U.S. and abroad” in addition to having an “astonishing range of samples.”

3 Feet… is the fourth hip hop album to make the list, following in the footsteps of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Public Enemy and of course Tupac who was honored last year. Spotted at XXL via RR.