De La Soul 1989 Magic Number

Rebecca Varidel
16th Jan 2023

Today, De La Soul announces hit single The Magic Number off their groundbreaking debut album 3 Feet High and Rising is now available on all streaming platforms. The release comes a week after the group announced their entire back catalog will be released digitally for the first time on March 3, 2023.

In tandem with the release of The Magic Number on all streaming platforms today, a 7” vinyl, cassingle, and digital download are also available on distributed by Chrysalis Records. The 7” has sold out in the U.S. but is still available in limited quantities internationally.

In 2021 The Magic Number was synced in the end credits of the blockbuster film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was labeled by Variety as “a rare runaway success in the pandemic film industry.” The song’s placement alluded to the three versions of Spider-Man that appeared in the film. For some younger viewers, it was their first time hearing De La Soul’s seminal track.

The Prince Paul-produced song was the opening track of 3 Feet High and Rising and set the tone for the acclaimed 1989 album. The number three is a significant number to the trio and the song’s lyrics, “Three is the magic number,” became a longstanding philosophy for them. De La Soul is comprised of three members, their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising includes the number in its title, and the album was initially released on March 3, 1989. In celebration of the importance of “three” for De La Soul, the group’s entire catalog will be available for the first time on all streaming services March 3, 2023.