De La Soul is an American hip-hop band, which became famous due to its eclectic singles, unusual lyrics, and a big input into the development of jazz rap and alternative hip-hop branches.
The band’s lineup includes Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur, and Vincent Lamont Mason. Back in 1987, while they were still in high school, the musicians formed a band and caught the attention of the producer Prince Paul with their demo single "Plug Tunin". The trio’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, which came out in 1989, is called a hip-hop masterpiece. It became the band’s most successful album to date, earning platinum certificates. All the following LPs released by the groups were less commercially successful but earned positive reviews from the critics nevertheless.
In 1991, De La Soul released its second album. It was called De La Soul Is Dead. In the lyrics, the musicians criticized a harsh direction in which the hip-hop culture was moving. At the same time, the group managed to maintain its light and somewhat unusual sense of humor. The album’s cover featured a broken flowerpot and a daisy, which was supposed to symbolize the death of an era.