De La Soul’s career has spanned nearly 25 years. They’ve won a Grammy, sold 20+ million albums, and received a spot in the Library of Congress. In an industry where listeners tastes change frequently, they’ve had to prove themselves over and over again, not necessarily because they wanted to, but because they had to. After their 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising they were labeled hippies and showed a broken flowerpot on their second album De La Soul Is Dead to signify a shift to “harder hitting topics.” Skip forward to Stakes is High in 1996 and “Supa Emcees” showed that Posdnuos and Trugoy could still hold their own lyrically after nearly 10 years in the game.
Their last full album, The Grind Date, was released seven years ago and wasn’t received as well as earlier albums, but it did feature some solid songs. “Much More” showcased Yummy Bingham on the hook and J Dilla’s production and a sample of “Love Ballad” by L.T.D.