Between the late 1980s and the 1990s, De La Soul made three acclaimed albums together along with a handful of loosies. The Long Island, New York producer/DJ mentored the trio of Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo while producing 1989’s 3 Feet High And Rising, 1991’s De La Soul Is Dead, and 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate. While producer and artists began work on De La’s fourth LP, the crew would self-produce much of 1996’s Stakes Is High, with J Dilla, Skeff Anslem, Spearhead X, and Ogee contributing.
As Tommy Boy Records label-mates, De La reunited with Paul for 1999’s “More Than U Know” on his Prince Among Thieves LP. Dave appeared on Handsome Boy Modeling School LPs, and Paul handled two tracks on De La’s 2006 compilation, The Impossible: Mission TV Series – Pt. 1.
Prince Paul Shares Unreleased De La Soul Music That Stands With Their Best Work (Audio)
This week, Prince Paul posted an Instagram photo in the studio with De La Soul, Black Sheep’s Dres, and longtime engineer Scotty Hard. Paul captioned the photo “And then this happened.” Dres joins De La in the Native Tongues, while Scotty has worked on previous De La material.