De La Soul
About 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 genres, plus low-key, clever rhymes and goofy humor, the record sounded like nothing else. Their style earned critical raves and strong sales, but the group found it hard to sustain their commercial momentum in the '90s, as alternative rap was sidetracked by the popularity of gangsta rap. De La Soul continued the development of their innovative sound as trends in rap came and went. They released albums at a steady clip up until the time of 2004's The Grind Date, and returned in 2016 with the crowdfunded And the Anonymous Nobody as well as the occasional stand-alone track.