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De La Soul

De La Soul
Formed: 1987 in Amityville, NY
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Genre: R&B, Rap
Group Members: Pasemaster Mase, Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove, Maseo
Biography: 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 styles, plus the Long Island trio's low-key, clever rhymes and goofy humor, the album sounded like nothing else in hip-hop. ...Read full biography
3 Feet High and Rising
Released: 1989
Label: Universal Distribution
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The most inventive, assured, and playful debut in hip-hop history, 3 Feet High and Rising not only proved that rappers didn't have to talk about the streets to succeed, but also expanded the palette of ...Read full review
AOI: Bionix
Released: 2001
Label: Tommy Boy
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Ever since their 1989 debut with 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul have puzzled fans by continually resisting the laid-back grooves and intelligent message tracks of hip-hop's best first album ever. From ...Read full review