While promoting his upcoming show Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America, Questlove also took the time to talk about who he believed was the most underappreciated hip-hop artist of all time.
During an appearance on the podcast Fired Up With Brad Jenkins, Jenkins asked The Roots bandleader and drummer the question, to which Questlove responded with De La Soul, the trio made up of Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo.
“We have taken from the tree of De La Soul so many times and they have never gotten credit for it,” he said. “I’ll say that. Just as far as – I’ve watched them use samples that later been used and built empires. I’ve seen them do concepts. Everything that De La Soul has done, I’ve seen other people come in and do afterwards and it’s like, ‘Ah!’ So yeah, De La Soul.”
Jenkins chat with Quest can be listened to here.
This year has been a bittersweet one for De La Soul. Although news has come that the group has two albums in the works — both produced by Pete Rock and DJ Premier — the trio hasn’t been able to properly celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their album 3 Feet High and Rising because of an “unfair” deal they had with Tommy Boy Records (the label that released their first six albums).
The group finally ended their relationship with Tommy Boy back in August, and urged fans not to stream their music.
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