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244. De La Soul
While the world of Hip Hop was going into Hardcore and Gangsta directions, De La Soul came out of Long Island and set up camp as Rap’s resident hippies. They may very well have been at the dawn of Alternative Rap, as their quirky rhymes and Jazz and Psychedelic infusions made them very different from what was being showcased in the Hip Hop landscape at the time.

History has remained kind towards De La Soul, and as their debut effort being referred to in some circles as the “Sgt. Pepper of Rap”, you can believe that the group has the innovation and influence that the Hall looks for. As we have seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show respect to the genre of Hip Hop, this is a very possible induction.

Should De La Soul be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 46.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 28.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2013
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Long Island, NY)
  • Why they will get in: They have the uniqueness factor and critical acclaim.
  • Why they won't get in: They are not as well-known as other eligible Hip Hop acts.
  • Essential Albums: 3ft High and Rising (1989)
    De La Soul is Dead (1991)
    Buhloone Mindstate (1993)
    Stakes is High (1996)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Me Myself and I (From 3ft High and Rising, 1989)
    Eye Know (From 3ft High and Rising, 1989)
    Buddy (From 3ft High and Rising, 1989)
    A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays (From De La Soul is Dead, 1991)
    Breakadawn (From Buhloone Mindstate, 1993)

Should De La Soul be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 46.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 28.6%

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+2 #3 Committee Chairman 2013-12-21 21:06
Kansas is on the list...... just further down.
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+1 #2 JJ Hill 2013-12-20 12:38
WHAT ABOUT KANSAS??? The seminal band of the 70's and 80's is still a touring force today with hits such as Dust In The Wind, Carry On Wayward Son, Point Of Know Return and Hold On. These songs continue to get massive airplay on every top rock station in the world and yet, despite massive fan efforts, they remain on the outside looking in. The fact that you missed them yet included Foreigner, Journey, Styx and others mystifies me.
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+1 #1 Lee Roschen 2013-08-30 01:22
Those who create rap music like these guys DO NOT belong in the RRHF. Let those who dig that style of music start their own Rap or Hip Hop Music Hall of Fame instead.
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