The Primer: 10 De La Soul Songs Everyone Should Know

02.20.13 4 years ago • 38 Comments

A peasy-headed trio of teens from Long Island, NY made an indelible mark on Hip-Hop over twenty years ago. Armed with a dry sense of humor, a kitchen sink approaching to sampling and production, and a keen critical eye for the various twists and wrong turns that Hip-Hop would take over the years, De La Soul were the genre’s black sheep and its conscience.

Pos, Dave, and Mase were not afraid to call out their peers, but also had a fun, loose, approach to their craft. They thumbed their collective noses at the Hip-Hop establishment, but were almost universally beloved. They were hippies, curmudgeons, dead and reborn. They were futuristic, retro, underground Grammy winners. They were one of a kind. They were De La Soul. This is The Primer Series.

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