Potholes in My Lawn

Album: 3 Feet High and Rising (1988)

Songfacts®:

  • The second single released by De La Soul, "Potholes in My Lawn" was their first song to chart, reaching #22 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles.
  • The song is about other rappers thieving De La Soul's rhymes. Trugoy told Rolling Stone: "'Potholes in my Lawn' was like another way to say beat-biter or sucker MC, like songs from Run-DMC, songs from MC Lyte. The lawn was our rhymes and the potholes were the pieces missing."
  • This samples Eric Burdon & War's 1976 song "Magic Mountain" as well as the yodeling and Jew's Harp on Parliament's 1970 track "Little Ole Country Boy."
  • This became the first ever hip-hop song played on Mars when NASA's Opportunity Rover broadcast it in 2004.

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