Create a list of the most influential rap groups, and Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul will be near the top.
Lucky for Salt Lake City fans, Wu-Tang performed in July as part of the 2014 Twilight Concert series, and De La Soul takes their turn on the Pioneer Park stage tonight.
De La Soul at Twilight
When » Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Special guest Rapsody & 9th Wonder.
Where » Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City.
Tickets » $5 at 24tix.com/twilight or at the door
Here’s a snapshot of De La Soul:
Formed » 1987 in Long Island, N.Y.
Members » Vincent Mason (Maseo), Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos) and David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove) formed the group while still in high school. Their demo record caught the attention of producer Paul Huston, better known as Prince Paul, who later named the group De La Soul.
Best known for » Songs with whimsical, irreverent lyrics, complex sampling and social commentary. The band has gained respect in and out of the hip-hop community for its contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip-hop subgenres.
Debut album » "3 Feet High and Rising" was released in 1989 and included the hit single "Me, Myself and I." It became an instant hit.
Latest release » De La Soul actually got inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan for its 2013 single "Get Away (featuring the Spirit of the Wu)."
"I’ve always loved the ‘Intro’ on Disc Two of ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ — this eerie sample with no beat, that they only talked over," De La Soul’s Posdnuos told Rolling Stone in 2013 when the single was released. "I stumbled on the original sample while crate digging one day, took it straight to the lab and added drums. The feel is definitely gritty, hard and sounds like a Wu record, so out of inspirational respect, we included ‘Featuring the Spirit of the Wu’ in the song title." "Get Away" will be on De La Soul’s forthcoming album, "You’re Welcome."
Trivia » In 2006, the group earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc."
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