De La Soul

1987-
Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos)
David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove)
Vincent Mason (PA Pasemaster Mase)
  • David Jude Jolicoeur's rap alias is yogurt (his favorite food) spelt backward.
  • Vincent Mason's "M.A.S.E." alias stands for "Making a Sound Effort."
  • Kelvin Mercer's moniker Posdnuos spelt backwards is "sound sop."
  • De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, introduced the trio's concept of the "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" philosophy (D.A.I.S.Y. stands for "Da Inner Sound Ya'll"). "The Daisy Age we talk about," Posdnuos explained to NME, "is an inner consciousness."

    "It's about 'Me Myself And I,"' added Trugoy, "being yourself, doing your own thing and not ever being afraid to do your own thing."
  • De La Soul's preference for peace signs and flowers, along with their penchant for large items of jewelry, led to their music being branded as "Hippy-Hop." (3 Feet High and Rising has a distinct '60s flavoring.)

    Trugoy told Melody Maker he didn't consider this to be a satisfactory description. "If some think that we have a hippy style and a hippy sound, that's just fine," he shrugged. "But we'd be offended if it was said that we wanted to be hippies. We don't. We just want to be ourselves. Our music is raw and it's funky but, at the same time, it's deeply soulful because this is the DAISY Age and this is the sound from within. Rap doesn't have to come off with hard basslines and heavy kicks and snares. People sometimes want to listen to soft music - even the hardcore crowd."
  • At the time of the release of 3 Feet High and Rising, sampling laws were very liberal and the now-requisite task of obtaining permission for using famous songs were almost nonexistent. "Transmitting Live from Mars'" sampling of The Turtles "You Showed Me" created history when it resulted in a copyright-infringement lawsuit and a large payment. It was the last time a label allowed samples to go uncleared.
  • The trio's second LP, the much harder De La Soul Is Dead, signaled the end of the D.A.I.S.Y. Age with its cover of a broken flowerpot of daisies. The album's title was a reaction to the group being labeled hippies.
  • In 2006, De La Soul won the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc."
  • The actor Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Prison Break, Friends) named his son Maceo Shane after P.A. Pacemaster Mase.

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