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Favorite '90s hip-hop group: De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest?

The shift from the '80s party DJ-centered hip-hop to the lyrical gymnastics of '90s rap happened, in part, due to the efforts of record companies such as Tommy Boy and Jive, and the artists they represented. Among many other stars of the day, these labels gave us the funky De La Soul and jazzy A Tribe Called Quest—both musically and lyrically fascinating groups. Which '90s hip-hop group is your favorite?

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Favorite '90s hip-hop group: De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest?
Love De La Soul
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Love A Tribe Called Quest
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Love De La Soul

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De La Soul made a name for themselves with their debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” which mixed sometimes serious, sometimes goofy lyrics with fun, upbeat production. The debut LP sampled everything under the sun—from Johnny Cash to The Turtles. De La’s smooth “Me Myself and I” featured the sample of Funkadelic's “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” In a genre filled with seriousness, De La stood out for knowing when to be quirky. For example, rapper Trugoy the Dove (David Jude Jolicoeur) chose his stage name because it spelled yogurt backwards. As time went on, their work shed a lot of its eccentricity and took on darker topics, but still managed to lay down fun tracks like "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" below.

Love A Tribe Called Quest

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A Tribe Called Quest originally featured DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White (who left after the first album to become a chef). RIP to Phife Dawg, who passed during the recording of their last album. Known for numerous jazz samples and the smooth delivery of Q-Tip and the percussive clarity of Phife, they exemplify the intelligence and creativity in '90s hip-hop. A Tribe Called Quest’s famous single “Can I Kick It?” still hits hard today, showcasing the group’s skill and versatility with its sample of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” Check out the all-star cast of '90s east coast rap on their track “The Scenario” below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite '90s hip-hop group: De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest?
Love De La Soul
A festive crown for the winner
Love A Tribe Called Quest