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De La Soul

At the time of its 1989 release, De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, was hailed as the future of hip-hop. With its colorful, neo-psychedelic collage of samples and styles, plus the Long Island trio's low-key, clever rhymes and goofy humor, the album sounded like nothing else in hip-hop. Where most of their contemporaries drew directly from old-school rap, funk, or Public Enemy's dense sonic barrage, De La Soul were gentler and more eclectic, taking in not only funk and soul, but also pop, jazz, reggae, and psychedelia. Though their style initially earned both critical raves and strong sales, De La Soul found it hard to sustain their commercial momentum in the '90s as their alternative rap was sidetracked by the popularity of considerably harder-edged gangsta rap.

De La Soul formed while the trio members -- Posdnuos (born Kelvin Mercer, August 17, 1969), Trugoy the Dove (born David Jude Jolicoeur, September 21, 1968), and Pasemaster Mase (born Vincent Lamont Mason, Jr., March 27, 1970) -- were attending high school in the late '80s. The stage names of all of the members derived from in-jokes: Posdnuos was an inversion of Mercer's DJ name, Sound-Sop; Trugoy was an inversion of Jolicoeur's favorite food, yogurt. De La Soul's demo tape, Plug Tunin', came to the attention of Prince Paul, the leader and producer of the New York rap outfit Stetsasonic. Prince Paul played the tape to several colleagues and helped the trio land a contract with Tommy Boy Records.

Prince Paul produced De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, which was released in the spring of 1989. Several critics and observers labeled the group as a neo-hippie band because the record praised peace and love as well as proclaiming the dawning of "the D.A.I.S.Y. age" (Da Inner Sound, Y'all). Though the trio was uncomfortable with the hippie label, there was no denying that the humor and eclecticism presented an alternative to the hardcore rap that dominated hip-hop. De La Soul were quickly perceived as the leaders of a contingent of New York-based alternative rappers that also included A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, the Jungle Brothers, and Monie Love; all of these artists dubbed themselves the Native Tongues posse.

For a while, it looked as if De La Soul and the Native Tongues posse would eclipse hardcore hip-hop in terms of popularity. "Me, Myself and I" became a Top 40 pop hit in the U.S. (number one R&B), while the album reached number 24 (number one R&B) and went gold. At the end of the year, 3 Feet High and Rising topped many best-of-the-year lists, including the Village Voice's. With all of the acclaim came some unwanted attention, most notably in the form of a lawsuit by the Turtles. De La Soul had sampled the Turtles' "You Showed Me" and layered it with a French lesson on a track on 3 Feet High called "Transmitting Live from Mars," without getting the permission of the '60s pop group. The Turtles won the case, and the decision not only had a substantial impact on De La Soul, but on rap in general. Following the suit, all samples had to be legally cleared before an album could be released. Not only did this have the end result of rap reverting back to instrumentation, thereby altering how the artists worked, it also meant that several albums in the pipeline had to be delayed in order for samples to clear. One of those was De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead.

When De La Soul Is Dead was finally released in the spring of 1991, it received decidedly mixed reviews, and its darker, more introspective tone didn't attract as big an audience as its lighter predecessor. The album peaked at number 26 pop on the U.S. charts, number 24 R&B, and spawned only one minor hit, the number 22 R&B single "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)." De La Soul worked hard on their third album, finally releasing the record in late 1993. The result, entitled Buhloone Mindstate, was harder and funkier than either of its predecessors, yet it didn't succumb to gangsta rap. Though it received strong reviews, the album quickly fell off the charts after peaking at number 40, and only "Breakadawn" broke the R&B Top 40. The same fate greeted the trio's fourth album, Stakes Is High. Released in the summer of 1996, the record was well reviewed, yet it didn't find a large audience and quickly disappeared from the charts.

Four years later, De La Soul initiated what promised to be a three-album series with the release of Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump; though reviews were mixed, it was greeted warmly by record buyers, debuting in the Top Ten. The second title in the series, AOI: Bionix, even featured a video hit with "Baby Phat," but Tommy Boy and the trio decided to end their relationship soon after. De La Soul subsequently signed their AOI label to Sanctuary Urban (run by Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles) and released The Grind Date in October 2004. Two years later the group issued Impossible Mission: TV Series, Pt. 1, a collection of new and previously unreleased material.

The group then went on hiatus with only the splinter release De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Presents...First Serve released in 2012. A year later, the group created a free download of all their early albums and packaged the set as You're Welcome, though it wasn't available for long thanks to the legal efforts of their former label, Warner Bros. A crowd-funding campaign for a new album was launched in 2015, and after successful funding, the LP And the Anonymous Nobody was self-released in August of 2016. The nearly sample-free album featured the trio's live band and assorted friends playing live instruments, along with a guest list that included Usher, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Damon Albarn, among many others. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Grind Date (Explicit)

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Track List: And The Anonymous Nobody...

1. Genesis (Feat. Jill Scott)

2. Royalty Capes

3. Pain (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

4. Property Of Spitkicker.Com (Feat. Roc Marciano)

5. Memory Of... (US) (Feat. Estelle & Pete Rock)

6. CBGBS

7. Lord Intended (Feat. Justin Hawkins)

8. Snoopies

9. Greyhounds (Feat. Usher)

10. Sexy B**ch

11. Trainwreck

12. Drawn (Feat. Little Dragon)

13. Whoodeeni (Feat. 2chainz)

14. Nosed Up

15. You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation) (Feat. David Goldblatt)

16. Here In After (Feat. Damon Albarn)

17. Exodus

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Track List: Get Away (Single)

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Track List: God It (Single)

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Track List: Greyhounds

1. Greyhounds (Feat. Usher)

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Track List: Pain (Single)

1. Pain (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

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Track List: The People (Single)

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Iuoweiy
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No
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I love Jeremiah
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BUDDY- pure hip-hip- seven minutes of FUN. WOW, TOTALLY COOL......
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This reminds me of 6th grade cause I remember my brother always use to play this song when ever he picked me up after school.
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Great Music One Of A Kind
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damn this is some fly s**t!
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Don't read this or u will be kissed.
On the nearest Friday by the love of your life.
Ignore or bad luck
Post this on 15 songs and after
Press space bar and crush's name will appear
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Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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Really you don..t hear this Supa Supa Dupa S**t anymore!!!## #
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This was the jam.
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c.f. new station
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This is the jam.
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mariawiggins _ 6 6
Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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Peace PlugWon .. De La .. The average MC sells terror / we nail terror up against the wall for target practice - not one of your top 5 MCs but I see clearly with ease you lack this - coast to coast w pop up on your seen like toast playing host to your regiment - who rally to boast but now boast no more they got floored by the sight of my ledger print " end quote Posdnous - keep it live my man my mellow ! ;)
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The only Italians you knew was icey " lol
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How was this rap?
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done press spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters across the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Love this song
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Love that song...that' s what it is ,we just people trying to get back��
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DĘ ŁÅ Søuł have the greatest beats and smooth Lyrics and Rhymęs Ever to be Recorded,.. it's like my Ears are addiçtęd and can't STOP!! Top the Łist of the greatest, most talented Hip Hop Groups of all time....than k You God for Blessing these men with amazing Tałent and giving them the Øpen doors to be able to share it with the World...I Love You Guys!!
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De La with that Native Tongue lyric, do u understand it?? Get with it!!!!
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My buddy some de La soul classic cut
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HIP HOP
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Understandin g microphone mathematics "
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honkalou
Me myself and I
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briannaescal a n t e 2 0 1 5
I love your song��������
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My girl is my buddy let's do some da la soul old school classic
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Classic music
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Hi
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If you love hip hop check out king Pleasure https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / k i n g p l e a s u r e / s e t s / w a t c h - t h e - c r o w n - d e m o s
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This song makes me smile. De La will always be at the top of my list, along with A Tribe Called Quest!!!
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Kool and soul
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They will always have a place in hip hop .
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Wow.
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De la soul world...me myself and I.
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Old skool favorite!
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I remember buying that tape and listening to it all night thinking this album was way ahead of its time. De La was a game changer and deserves more respect .
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Nic D.L.S
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I was 9 when this came out. Damn right I was bang'n it. I remember the youth at that time, "my peers" were sleep'n on De La! Snoring man! Thank The Highest of Highs that im a true 80's baby! The 90's were a special time in the evolution of us Hue-mans!!! Salam!
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i love you De La
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I was born in the wrong generation how do I restart?
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Me, Myself, And I....classic hip hop
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Massapequa, Long Island ��Thank you guys
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Thank god for the old school and the underground .
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For all you D.A.I.S.Y agers out there http://kck.s t / 1 9 p C o N V Can we say they have come full circle?
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DE LA SOUL TAKING ME BACK TO MY FUCKEN 90S........R A W HIP-HOP L.A (213)....... . .
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Why is nobody sampling this?? I mean i might as well payhomage cause this classic deserves it
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dis izzo cool II aid artificial flavor street anthem riding jeep bump dis in yo deck fill dah effx from dah 40 oz potion
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