The good folks at Mass Appeal linked up with De La Soul to create a documentary about the Long Island group’s rise to Hip-Hop glory. The half hour long film starts from the group’s origins in Amityville, Long Island under the guidance of Prince Paul, aka “The Mentor,” to their ability to still thrive in a drastically different Hip-Hop climate.
OG’s will recognize some of this footage—like Prince Paul spotting drum breaks on Mickey Mouse records—but there’s plenty of new insight from the group itself (Maseo, Dave and Pos) as well as key contributors like Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman, A&R extraordinaire Dante Ross (who also sold weed on the side) and DJ Red Alert.
De La Soul’s new album, and the Anonymous Nobody, is out now.
Watch De La Soul Is Not Dead: The Documentary below. Definitely a must watch for the OG De La Soul fan and the young kid wondering what the fuss is about over these older cats.
Oh, and what you’re done with that, peep another De La doc called We’re Still Here (now)… a documentary about nobody on the flip.
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