De La Soul

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  • Stakes Is High
  • Buhloone Mindstate
  • De La Soul Is Dead
  • 3 Feet High and Rising

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About De La Soul

When Long Island hip-hop trio De La Soul arrived in 1989 with their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, they sounded like nothing else. Their patchwork production and clever, goofy humor made De La Soul an inventive and gentle presence in a rap landscape largely defined by aggression. Their output throughout the '90s was formative for hip-hop on the whole, with works like 1991's De La Soul Is Dead and 1996's Stakes Is High providing inspiration that entire generations of other artists would build on. After 2004's The Grind Date, De La Soul went on hiatus, but returned in 2016 with the crowd-funded And the Anonymous Nobody. In 2023, after years of legal battles over rights and ownership, De La Soul finally regained access to their back catalog and made plans to finally get some of their classic albums released on streaming services for the first time.

Amityville, NY, United States

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