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Photos: De La Soul headlines Twilight concert in Salt Lake City

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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) De La Soul performs at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City as part of the Twilight Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

De La Soul, the influential hip-hop group formed in 1987 in Long Island, N.Y., headlined a Twilight concert at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

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.

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.

Their debut album — “3 Feet High and Rising” — was released in 1989 and included the hit single “Me, Myself and I,” which became an instant hit.

With their latest release, De La Soul cited inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan — another Twilight headliner earlier this summer — for its 2013 single “Get Away (featuring the Spirit of the Wu).” “Get Away” will be on De La Soul’s forthcoming album, “You’re Welcome.”

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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