As their debut turns 25, we look back at the group's impact.
A trio just like De La Soul, Pac Div hails from California and favored a more progressive style when they emerged a few years back, rather than chasing a ring tone-ready single.
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From their creative lyrical approaches to themes of Afro-centricity, OutKast was able take a foundation that De La Soul set up half a decade earlier, and brought it once again to a national — and ultimately international — base.
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The adventurous approach that De La took in 1989 — from both a production and lyrical standpoint — in many ways served as a blueprint for Kanye West's work a decade and a half later. From bucking the time's popular trends to creating contemplative...
A product of New York just like De La Soul, Skyzoo and his style can be reminiscent of the group's own, with a focus on instrumentation and intelligent rhymes.
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Emerging in the mid-2000s, Kidz in the Hall brought their college degrees with them as they kicked conscious raps with a new-age, alternative hip hop vibe that De La had helped pioneer decades earlier.
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