From De La Soul's House to the White House

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From De La Soul's House to the White House

De La Soul's Journey through hip-hop to the White House.

Published November 1, 2016

  1. From the Start

    Coming from Long Island, New York, De La Soul is a hip-hop group comprised of three members. The group includes Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove (Dave) and Pasemaster Mase.

    Aerial view of Montauk Point Long Island New York.
    (Photo: Michael Orso/Getty Images)
  2. Feeling like it's 1989!

    In 1989, De La Soul released their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. The album automatically made them leaders in the Native Tongues posse, which included groups like A Tribe Called Quest.

    (Photo: Tommy Boy Records, Warner Bros. Records)
  3. Release the Soul, De La Soul!

    Eclectic hip-hop fused with funk, soul and great lyrics is what the group is best known for. There music was alternative hip-hop that produced great sounds and beats.

    (Photo: Tommy Boy/Warner)
  4. Grammy Time!

    Their collaboration with Gorillaz on "Feel Good Inc." helped win De La Soul a Grammy in 2006!

    Members of De La Soul arrive at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 21, 2001. Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  5. Tour Anyone?

    Music kept continuing to boom for the group and, in 2008 they went on tour. The Rock the Bells tour was comprised of other alternative hip-hop groups, including A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde.

    (Photo from left: Ebet Roberts/Redferns, Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  6. Soul Train and De La Soul

    In 2011, De La Soul earned a Top 5 ranking on National Public Radio's and Soul Train's year-end "Best of" lists.

    GEORGE, WA - MAY 23: (L-R) Kelvin Mercer, Vincent Mason and Dave Jolicoeur of De La Soul pose for a portrait backstage on day 1 of Sasquatch! Music Festival  at the Gorge Amphitheater on May 23, 2014 in George, United States. (Photo by Steven Dewall/Redferns via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Steven Dewall/Redferns via Getty Images)
  7. Major Key Alert!

    In 2009, De La Soul partnred with a major company, Nike, for a collaboration and an album. The trio partnered with the company's "Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run" campaign and released an album titled Are You In? during the collaboration. It was the group's first album release in five years.

    (Photo: Nike, Inc)
  8. Fast Forward to the White House

    In the beginning of 2015, De La Soul created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their next album. The group raised a lot of money and the album, & the Anonymous Nobody, arrived this past August. Now, the group is doing amazing things like performing for the president at the White House!

    WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JULY 24:  Kelvin Mercer, Vincent Mason and David Jude Jolicoeur of De La Soul perform on the Open Air Stage on day 1 of the WOMAD Festival at Charlton Park on July 24, 2015 in Wiltshire, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

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