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'''De La Soul''' is an American [[Hip Hop]] artist, who formed in 1987 out of Long Island, New York.
'''De La Soul''' is an American [[Hip Hop]] artist, who formed in 1987 out of Long Island, New York.
They're known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of [[Hip Hop]] as an alternative sub-genre.
They're known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of [[Hip Hop]] as an alternative sub-genre.
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<center>They've teamed up with so many artists over the years, some of the unusual have been [[Teenage Fanclub]]</center><br/>
<center>They've teamed up with so many artists over the years, some of the unusual have been [[Teenage Fanclub]]</center><br/>
<center>plus their hook up with the [[Gorillaz]]</center><br/>
<center>plus their hook up with the [[Gorillaz]]</center><br/>

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De La Soul is an American Hip Hop artist, who formed in 1987 out of Long Island, New York.

They're known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of Hip Hop as an alternative sub-genre.

Consisting of "Kelvin Mercer", "David Jude Jolicoeur" and "Vincent Mason". The three formed the group while in high school and caught the attention of well known producer "Prince Paul" with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin".

Guest Appearances

They've teamed up with so many artists over the years, some of the unusual have been Teenage Fanclub

plus their hook up with the Gorillaz

as well as A Tribe Called Quest

as well as; Native Tongues, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Black Sheep, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and J Dilla.

De La Soul has been an influence on numerous other Hip Hop artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, and "Digable Planets". They were also influential in the early stages of Rapper/actor "Mos Def" career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective, and are the second longest standing "Native Tongues Posse" group, after the Jungle Brothers.

Albums List

1) 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

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2) De La Soul Is Dead (1991)

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3) Buhloone Mindstate (1993)

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4) Stakes Is High (1996)

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5) Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000)

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6) AOI: Bionix (2001)

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7) The Grind Date (2004)

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8) The Impossible: Mission TV Series – Pt. 1 (2006)

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9) Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run (2009)

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10) Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve (2012)

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11) Smell The Daisy (2014)

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12) And The Anonymous Nobody (2015)

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13) Premium Soul On The Rocks (2016)

(Mix Tape)

1st album

Their 1st album was known for featuring playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, titled "3 Feet High and Rising, it was considered a Hip Hop masterpiece. It was also the band's biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. A measure of 3 Feet High and Rising's cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted the NME album of that year by NME, a magazine better known for its taste in guitar-based music.

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This album established De La Soul as members of the "Native Tongues Posse", this includes "A Tribe Called Quest", "Black Sheep", "Queen Latifah", "the Jungle Brothers" and others.

The main single from this album, "Me Myself and I" probably the best-known hit from the album, however, the sixties pop group The Turtles sued De La Soul for using a sample from their 1969 hit "You Showed Me" for the interlude track "Transmitting Live from Mars".

Lyrically, much of "3 Feet High and Rising" focused on striving for peace and harmony. "3 Feet High and Rising" also introduced De La Soul's concept of the "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" (an acronym standing for "da inner sound, y'all"). In the press kit for "3 Feet High and Rising", the members explained their pseudonym/stage names: Trugoy when reversed spells yogurt, because he likes yogurt, and Posdnuos spelled backwards is "sound sop".

De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul's second album, "De La Soul Is Dead" (1991) was a more mature album. It featured a wealth of material that criticised the violent, careless direction that Hip Hop was heading in at the time, though it still managed to maintain a light, absurd sense of humor.

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The cover of the album features a broken daisy flower pot, symbolizing the death of the "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" and the imagery that went along with it. The album spawned several singles, including the dark "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa", a tale of a young girl who could no longer take the sexual abuse from her father, and the lead single "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey", a story about the people who used De La's recent fame to try and launch their own careers.

De La Soul collaborated with the "Black Sheep" on "Fanatic of the B Word," Q-Tip, from A Tribe Called Quest on "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays", and "Prince Paul" makes an appearance on the mic in "Pass the Plugs" with a verse of his own. The album also more prominently featured Vincent Mason as a rapper, providing verses of his own on "Bitties in the BK Lounge," "Afro Connections at a Hi-5," and "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)".

Though it received mixed reviews and did not sell as well as their first album, "Source" magazine listed the album as one of their top 100 Hip Hop albums of all time. There are several major differences between the CD version of this album and the other formats, as the tracks "Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason", "My Brother's a Basehead", "Kicked Out the House", and "Who Do U Worship?" are only available on the CD. The limited edition double vinyl promotional copies of the album distributed to the media before the official release did not feature these.

Buhloone Mindstate

In 1993, Del La Soul put out, "Buhloone Mindstate" and saw the group evolve a new sound. "I Be Blowin'" was a departure as the track was an instrumental featuring saxophone playing by the legendary "Maceo Parker".

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It also featured, the introspective "I Am I Be" which described Pos's daughter Ayana Monet as well as his grandmother. There was also "Long Island Wildin'" was a collaboration with Japanese Hip Hop artists "Kan Takagi" (Major Force) and trio "Scha Dara Parr" (SDP).
The album's first single, "Breakadawn", used a sample of Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It" and Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm". De La Soul collaborated for the first time with "Gang Starr's Guru on "Patti Dooke", female MC Shortie No Mas, a cousin of Posdnuos, was prominent on many tracks on the album, showcased particularly "In The Woods". The album ended with an old school Biz Markie collaboration called "Stone Age". Missing from vocal duties is Mase, whose voice can only be heard on "Area" in a break near the end of the track. Also rarely featured is his scratching which was heard often on previous albums, with only "In the Woods" showcasing his talent in that area. The album was a critical success, but it was the biggest commercial failure for the group at the time of its release. Many publications, including "Rolling Stone", have listed this album as one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time.

1994, a rarity

In 1994, 500 copies of a promotional EP called "Clear Lake Audiotorium" were released on clear vinyl and CD. The 6 track EP contained edited versions of tracks off of Buhloone Mindstate but also featured the tracks "Sh.Fe.MC's" (Shocking Female MC's) which was a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest, and "Stix & Stonz" which featured old-school Hip Hop artists Grandmaster Caz, Tito of Fearless Four, Whipper Whip, LA Sunshine and Superstar. The EP was widely bootlegged afterwards.

1996 - Stakes Is High

"Stakes Is High", was released in 1996, and was their first album to not be produced by "Prince Paul", with overall production credits given solely to the trio.

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The "Stakes Is High" title track and first single, was produced by "Jay Dee", was not a hit, but the album's second single, "Itsoweezee (HOT)", with only Dave on vocals, did fare better due to its creative music video. The album spawned a third single "4 More", featuring "Zhane" which peaked at #52 in the UK. The album did provide a launching pad for future star Rapper and actor "Mos Def", who appeared on the track "Big Brother Beat". The album also featured collaborations with the Rapper "Common", "Truth Enola", and the "Jazzyfatnastees".

In 1996, they appeared on theRed Hot Organization's compilation CD "America Is Dying Slowly", alongside "Biz Markie", Wu-Tang Clan, and 'Fat Joe', among many other prominent Hip Hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by "The Source" (magazine).

Art Official Intelligence

Four years later, De La Soul announced that they would release a triple album series entitled "Art Official Intelligence" (or AOI). All three albums were intended to be released within a year, beginning with the release of "Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump". This was followed by "AOI: Bionix" in late 2001. After this, however, the third and final album in the AOI series was never released. For the next two years, the only De La Soul releases were singles or remix compilations.

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In 2000, the songs "Area" and "Keepin' the Faith" were featured in the movie "Boiler Room".

In the summer of 2002, De La Soul toured with "Cake", "Modest Mouse", The Flaming Lips, "Kinky", and the "Hackensaw Boys" during the Unlimited Sunshine Tour. The band was briefly featured in the video game "PaRappa the Rapper 2" with the song "Say "I Gotta Believe!", featuring the singer "Double", and also appeared on the soundtrack of the game.

The Grind Date

In 2004, De La Soul released a new full album: "The Grind Date" on Sanctuary/BMG Records. Although it was not the third AOI album, the album was released to some critical acclaim. The album features guests "MF Doom", "Ghostface Killah", "Butta Verses" and "Flavor Flav", with production from "9th Wonder", "Jake One", "Madlib" and more.

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In conjunction with the album's release, the group also offered up the track "Come on Down" featuring Flavor Flav for remixing on Sony's Acid Planet website. The winning remix was "Come On Down (KY Raised NY Glazed)" by Interlude Jones who said he tried to "take the influential sound of old New York Hip Hop and marry it back to its roots."


In 2005, De La Soul collaborated with Gorillaz on the hit single "Feel Good Inc.", which won a Grammy Award for for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (the first Grammy win in the group's career) after being nominated for a total of three Grammys. De La Soul also appeared on the "LA Symphony" single "Universal" and Posdnuos collaborated with the Portuguese MC "Boss AC" on a track called "Yo (Não Brinques Com Esta Merda)" (which translates to "Don't Play with This Shit").


In 2006, De La Soul released a mixtape of new and old songs titled Hip-Hop Mixtape. This album was a covermount in British dance magazine "Mixmag". The same year, De La Soul released another mixtape of new and old songs, this time titled "The Impossible: Mission TV Series - Pt. 1" on its AOI Records label.
De La Soul collaborated with the athletic sneaker giant Nike, to produce two versions of the Nike Dunk under their skateboarding division, Nike SB.


In 2008, the group joined A Tribe Called Quest, "Nas", "The Pharcyde" and others on the annual "Rock the Bells" tour. De La Soul were honorees at the 5th Annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" on October 6, 2008. In late 2008 the group collaborated with "Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip" and re-recorded its debut single "Thou Shalt Always Kill"

De La Soul returned as a guest on the third Gorillaz studio album, "Plastic Beach" alongside "Super Furry Animals" frontman "Gruff Rhys" on the song "Superfast Jellyfish".

2009 - Are You In?

De La Soul and Nike, released Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run, which was the group's first original material since "The Impossible: Mission TV Series - Pt. 1". The album features "Raheem DeVaughn" as well as production from the Chicago based duo Flosstradamus.

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The recording is a single-track recording at 44 minutes, 17 seconds and was made available exclusively through iTunes. It is part of a continuing series of releases through the "Nike+ Sport Music" section of the online store. Are You In? was released on 28 April 2009.

The recording is designed to be listened to while on a run and features 10 "tracks" through a "Continuous Mix". The track listing from the liner notes are "Mornin' Rise" featuring Raheem DeVaughn (starting at 0:00), "Good Morning" (7:41), "Big Mouf" (13:07), "Attack Of 'The Stet'" (17:04), "Pick Up The Pace (Run)" (21:15), "Poetic Greed" featuring Gina Loring (26:08), "Greedy Man" featuring Billy Ray (27:00), "We O.D." (32:01), "Victory Laps" (34:14), and "Forever" (39:46).

Group member Posdnuos said to ClashMusic.com of Are You In?, "It had to feel like a De La album that wasn't just a poster for Nike – we wanted people to feel it was a great album on its own terms. We always think things through and put quality into anything we do – we never look to just take the cheque and run."

2014 - You're Welcome

In February 2014, De La Soul released their entire pre-Grind Date discography for free download through their official website. Following this, they announced the scheduled releases of a new album titled You're Welcome, along with a mixtape, Smell the Da.I.S.Y., produced entirely by "J Dilla", and a new EP, titled Premium Soul on the Rocks, to be produced by "DJ Premier" and "Pete Rock".

External links

De La Soul Website