De La Soul

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De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 in the Amityville area of Long Island, New York. 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. The members are Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo. The three formed the group in high school and 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."
Individual aliases:
Dave Jolicoeur AKA Trugoy The Dove / Plug Two / Plug 2
Kelvin Mercer AKA Posdnuos / Plug Won / Plug 1
Vincent Mason AKA Pasemaster Mase / Maseo / Plug Three
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Albums

6763-2 De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising album art De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising (Album) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy 6763-2 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
TBCD 1029 De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead album art De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead (Album, Single) Tommy Boy TBCD 1029 US 1991 Sell This Version
CDP 535, CDP 536 De La Soul - Selections from: De La Soul Is Dead + Sample This! album art De La Soul Selections from: De La Soul Is Dead + Sample This!(CD, Promo, Smplr + CD, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy, FFRR, PolyGram Records of Canada Inc. CDP 535, CDP 536 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
TBMHG 12927 De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State album art De La Soul Buhloone Mind State (Album) Tommy Boy TBMHG 12927 Philippines 1993 Sell This Version
none De La Soul - Stakes Is High album art De La Soul Stakes Is High (Album) Tommy Boy none Europe 1996 Sell This Version
TBC 736 De La Soul - Stakes & Potatoes From De La Soul album art De La Soul Stakes & Potatoes From De La Soul(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy Records TBC 736 US 1996 Sell This Version
TB 1437 De La Soul - Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump album art De La Soul Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (Album) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy TB 1437 US 2000 Sell This Version
TBCD 1443 De La Soul - AOI: Bionix album art De La Soul AOI: Bionix (Album) Tommy Boy TBCD 1443 US 2001 Sell This Version
TFCG-88189 De La Soul - Parappa The Rapper 2 "Original" Sound Track album art Masaya Matsuura, Yoshihisa Suzuki, De La Soul Masaya Matsuura, Yoshihisa Suzuki, De La Soul - Parappa The Rapper 2 "Original" Sound Track(CD, Album) Toy's Factory TFCG-88189 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
8122-78201-2 De La Soul - Live At Tramps, NYC, 1996 album art De La Soul Live At Tramps, NYC, 1996 (Album) Rhino Records (2), Tommy Boy 8122-78201-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SANDV296 De La Soul - The Grind Date album art De La Soul The Grind Date (Album) Sanctuary Urban, AOI Records SANDV296 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
MIXMAG 11/06 De La Soul - De La Soul's Hip Hop Mixtape album art De La Soul De La Soul's Hip Hop Mixtape Mixmag MIXMAG 11/06 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none De La Soul - The Impossible: Mission TV Series: Pt. 1 album art De La Soul The Impossible: Mission TV Series: Pt. 1 (Album) Red Lion Entertainment, AOI Records none US 2006 Sell This Version
PIASR290LP De La Soul - First Serve album art De La Soul 's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve De La Soul 's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve - First Serve (Album) Jesgrew Records, [PIAS] Recordings PIASR290LP Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none De La Soul - Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul Of Yancy) album art De La Soul x J Dilla De La Soul x J Dilla - Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul Of Yancy) Not On Label (De La Soul) none US 2014 Sell This Version
AOI001VL De La Soul - And The Anonymous Nobody album art De La Soul And The Anonymous Nobody (Album) AOI Records, AOI Records AOI001VL US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TB 910 De La Soul - Plug Tunin' / Freedom Of Speak album art De La Soul Plug Tunin' / Freedom Of Speak (Single) Tommy Boy TB 910 US 1988 Sell This Version
TB 917 De La Soul - Jenifa (Taught Me) / Potholes In My Lawn album art De La Soul Jenifa (Taught Me) / Potholes In My Lawn (Maxi) Tommy Boy TB 917 US 1988 Sell This Version
BLR 14 R, BLR 14R De La Soul - The Magic Number / Say No Go / Eye Know / Me Myself And I (4 New Remixes) album art De La Soul The Magic Number / Say No Go / Eye Know / Me Myself And I (4 New Remixes) Big Life, Big Life BLR 14 R, BLR 14R UK 1989 Sell This Version
MAXI 108/9/10 De La Soul - Το Ποπ Κορν Και Ο 9.84 FM Stereo Παρουσιάζουν Το Maxi Set Του Νοέμβρη album art De La Soul / Digital Underground / Information Society De La Soul / Digital Underground / Information Society - Το Ποπ Κορν Και Ο 9.84 FM Stereo Παρουσιάζουν Το Maxi Set Του Νοέμβρη (Maxi) Music Box International MAXI 108/9/10 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
BLR 14 C De La Soul - Buddy / The Magic Number album art De La Soul Buddy / The Magic Number (Single, Maxi) Big Life, Big Life BLR 14 C UK 1989 Sell This Version
TB 943 De La Soul - Buddy & Ghetto Thang album art De La Soul Buddy & Ghetto Thang (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy TB 943 US 1989 Sell This Version
07358 De La Soul - Eye Know album art De La Soul Eye Know (Single, Maxi) Big Life 07358 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
none De La Soul - Me Myself And I album art De La Soul Me Myself And I (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy none US 1989 Sell This Version
BLR 10P De La Soul - Say No Go album art De La Soul Say No Go (EP, Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy BLR 10P UK 1989 Sell This Version

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ajacraig2011

ajacraig2011

March 3, 2020
All of the De La Soul songs should've have that Turntable scratches break in 2000 album.
aristotle011

aristotle011

February 26, 2019
If anyone is interested, Vinyl me Please is finally having 3 feet high and rising as their record ov the month! Remastered from the original analogue tapes, splatter 2LP, quite possibly the best version ov that album to own. Just giving all the peoples a heads up.
faliko

faliko

July 29, 2018
Please gimme us a vinyl box set with the first four albums plus a fat booklet and all the mixes four our ears and souls. Many thanks in advance! Cheers
JusticeCenter2733

JusticeCenter2733

August 6, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
I love the J dilla production and some of the songs they did together. Very nice sound!
DotChannel

DotChannel

May 5, 2010
De La Soul are just about the only rap group I can say are almost "perfect". De La Soul have made more unique and original material than I can count. De La Soul aren't one of those groups that got better over time, they were brilliant from day one. That is, when they released their highly influential debut album '3 Feet High and Rising' which has received multiple 5 star reviews from multiple magazines and websites. Won't believe me? To name some of those magazines and websites: Rolling Stone, Allmusic, Village Voice, and RapReviews.com and the millions of De La Soul fans out there (like me).

De La Soul also aren't one of those groups that makes a really good debut album and then starts making garbage. No. They stayed consistent throughout and to this day. Their second album, 'De La Soul is Dead' was initially misunderstood but then became an underground classic. This was the same case with their third and fourth albums, 'Buhloone Mindstate' and 'Stakes is High' which have also gotten great reviews from the underground. De La Soul stopped making albums for four years and then released 'Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump' which wasn't as acclaimed as the other albums but was still very good. They released the second of their Art Official Intelligence series with 'AOI: Bionix' which was just as good as 'Stakes is High'. Their seventh studio album 'The Grind Date' was easily one of their best albums to date. Nearly every song on that album is perfect; lyrically and musically. Then they released 'Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run' which got the same ratings as 'Buhloone Mindstate', 'Stakes is High', 'AOI: Bionix' and so on.

Another thing that makes De La Soul a really good group is that they never sold out to the mainstream. They've been keeping it real through their whole career. The only moments where De La Soul have sort of sold out is when they collaborated with Sean Paul in their European bonus track for 'The Grind Date' (Which they only did because of Sean Paul's popularity in Europe, otherwise they wouldn't have done that). Their collaboration with Japanese pop star Double in "Say 'I Gotta Believe!'" (Which was made for the Japanese video game Parappa the Rapper). And their collaboration with the boy band LFO (Which I got to admit was pretty bad. But there must be an explanation for this, they were probably friends with one of the guys). But all these collaborations are fairly obscure and they must have an explanation.

Otherwise, I would highly recommend De La Soul. The only group that I can say is perfect. A very rare case.
sirherbert

sirherbert

February 15, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
One of hip-hop's most inventive groups bringing forth jazz rap, intellectual rap and the Native tongue movement. They have shifted quite a lot from the original innocent style they had back in the early 90's, thus losing a lot of their original attractive force.

IMO there's two albums you MUST get, the others aren't so much classics. They are 1) 3 Feet High and Rising (THE classic everybody knows) 2) De La Soul is Dead (misunderstood when it was released, but since then it's become an underground classic and rare). Buhloone Mindstate is in its way a good album, but like the other De La albums it doesn't come anywhere close to these two.

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