De la Soul

In 1987, a trio known as De La Soul formed from Long Island, NY roots and changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it. Now, for over 20 years they have rocked us with their De La songs full of inscrutable samplings, whimsically irreverent lyrics, social commentary, light rhythm and laid back rhymes. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres.

Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo, the three who formed the group in high school, caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song „Plug Tunin'”. With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, „3 Feet High and Rising”, has been called „a hip hop masterpiece” and was the band's biggest commercial success to date. The Source magazine listed the album as one of their top 100 hip hop albums of all time, stating that „its true genius is rarely understood”. In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single „Feel Good Inc”. In 2011, the group earned Top 5 rankings on both NPR and Soul Train’s year end „Best of” lists. In 2016, De La Soul launched a new album entitled „And The Anonymous Nobody”.

Thought their career, the trio have gained respect within and outside the hip hop community with their contributions to rap, as well as jazz, funk, soul and alternative genres. Not only are their musical innovations acclaimed and respected worldwide, but they paved a path for many alternative rap groups to come after them.