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Hip hop Facts: De La Soul

  • The stage names of the De La Soul members are derived from inside jokes. Posdnuos was an inversion of Mercer’s DJ name, Sound-Sop; which was a name given to him by his mother. She would tell him not to waste any food on his plate, and sop (absorb) it up. He chose this name because he felt that he absorbed all sounds of music. Trugoy was an inversion of Jolicoeur’s favorite food; yogurt.
  • “Me, myself & I” was their least favorite hit; however, it was De La Soul’s only #1 single on the US R&B chart.
  • In an interview, Madlib claims De La Soul “changed everything.” The 1989 debut, “3 Feet High and Rising” was the album that changed the way he produced and were the style for Quasimoto came about. He adds his favorite De La Soul track is ” The Magic Number.”
  • Producer Prince Paul is an honorary fourth member.

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