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|De La Soul|
De La Soul live at Jazz Cafe in 2012
|Origin||East Massapequa / Amityville, Long Island, New York, United States|
Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
|Associated acts||Prince Paul, A Tribe Called Quest,Mos Def, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Black Sheep,Gorillaz, dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip|
De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York. The band is 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 Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason, known under a variety of nicknames. 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."
It is the band's biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. They were influential in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def's career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the second longest standing Native Tongues Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers. In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillazon the single "Feel Good Inc."