De La Soul

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About De La Soul

If you're not at least peripherally aware of De La Soul, it's due time you did your homework. The pioneering Long Island trio, consisting of members Posdnuos, Trugoy The Dove and P.A. Pasemaster Mase, are the original hip-hop hippies, setting a standard for quirky, nonviolent and jazz-influenced hip-hop early in the game.

Throughout their extensive 27-year career, they've released seven studio albums, one live album, three compilations and two EPs, having collaborated with the likes of 5 Foot Trooper Rock, Dan Le Sac, A Tribe Called Quest, Scrooblus Pip, The Gorillaz, The Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and many more. 

Most recently, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La offered the dopest Valentine's Day gift any true hip-hop head could ask for, providing their entire catalogue for free via their official website throughout Valentine's Day 2014. They've also been in the studio as of late, having releases a series of singles from their upcoming album You're Welcome in early 2014. Also, you can expect the DJ Premier and Pete Rock-produced Preemium Soul On The Rocks EP in March. Stay tuned for further updates on their career, y'all - they're still going strong.

Facts Only

  • Posdnuos is also known as Mercenary, Plug Wonder Why and Plug One.
  • Trugoy The Dove is also known as Dave and Plug Two.
  • P.A. Pasemaster Mase is also known as Maseo, Baby Huey and Plug Three.
  • Producer Prince Paul is an honorary fourth member, sometimes referred to as Plug Four.
  • Their debut album 3 Feet High And Rising is their greatest commercial success to date.
  • The members of De La Soul met and formed like Voltron in high school.
  • Their "Plug" nicknames were derived from the numbers their microphones were consistently labeled as on soundboards.
  • De La Soul are core members of the Spitkicker and Native Tongues Posse collectives.
  • They were awarded a GRAMMY in 2006 for their contribution to the Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc."
  • De La Soul released the "Are You In?" Nike+ Original Run mix in 2009.

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Discography

  • Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 2005
  • De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics 2004
  • The Grind Date 2004
  • Days Off EP 2004
  • AOI: Bionix 2001
  • Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump 2000
  • Stakes Is High 1996
  • Clear Lake Audiotorium (EP) 1994
  • Buhloone Mindstate 1993
  • De La Soul Is Dead 1991
  • 3 Feet High and Rising 1989

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