From the soul
After nearly 25 years in the business, De La Soul are still going strong – but the mainstream has its drawbacks, as founding member Posdnuos tells Tony Clayton-lea
It’s actually gone by so fast, and because of that it seems a short amount of time. It’s difficult to take it in. It seems like yesterday that we got signed to a record label. But it’s a blessing, man, because when we look back on those times, we realise that a lot of groups broke up and a lot of bands have had negative memories and stories to tell you about the business. With us, yes, we’ve had our ups and downs, but overall it’s been a great time. respect playing your songs and saying how great they are – man, it’s a gorgeous feeling. And you have to remember that back in those days there were only allotted hours available for hip-hop music to be played – usually at night time. But a song such as Me, Myself and I was starting to get played during the day, and then presenters started playing other songs, non-single tracks. We just couldn’t believe that. Singles yes, but album tracks? Whoah!