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De La Soul

With more than ten years of creativity, innovation, and honesty under their belts, De La Soul are the enduring definition of Alternative Rap. Whatever the mainstream trend happens to be, De La coax listeners into their neck of the woods with their friendly style and approach. The three plugs (Posdnous, Trugoy, and Pasemaster Mase) put their heads together with legendary producer Prince Paul to create hip-hop that laughs in the face of the latest crop of overnight superstars and their often ridiculous pretensions. Whether it's pounds of gold chains and hundred-dollar sneakers or claims of Mafioso status, De La Soul put everything in its proper perspective for their fans, who turn to the New York team for a shred of truth and a breath of fresh air. It's ironic that the one thing they've always been derided for -- their failure to act hard and adopt violent themes -- is what's placed them permanently in hip-hop's top echelons.

De La Soul Concert Films

  • Me Myself and I

    De La Soul

    Year: 1996

    Runtime: 55 min

    With their clever, surrealistic lyrics, inventive use of sampling and incorporating an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, jazz, fashion and psychedelia into their sound, New York-based DE LA SOUL are one of the most original and influential groups on the hip hop scene. Singing about peace and love rather than about sleaze and violence like most of their considerably more hardcore rap contemporaries, De La Soul come across as modern day hippies, an image which found favor with rock audiences. Hailed on their arrival on the scene in 1989 as the future of hip hop, De La Soul were quickly perceived as the leaders of a contingent of New York-based alternative rappers who dubbed themselves The Native Tongues Posse. This movement for a while looked as if it was going to eclipse hardcore hip hop in terms of popularity. This concert, filmed at the 1997 Lokerse Festival, features their hits 'Me, Myself And I' (with its sample of Funkadelic's '(Not Just) Knee Deep'), 'Ring, Ring, Ring' and 'Breakadawn'.

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