Watch De La Soul Play A Dutch Game Show In Their Earliest Days (Video)
Twenty six years ago, De La Soul was bringin’ brand new funk. The Long Island, New York collective had just released 3 Feet High And Rising on Tommy Boy Records, which was a Top 25 debut on its March 3 release. Posdnuos (or Posdnous), Trugoy, and Maseo were still getting to know their audience, and the global stage was getting to know this unique entity too, before even A Tribe Called Quest had an LP on shelves.
In that 1989 year, De La hit the Netherlands, and made an early appearance on Dutch TV. The footage, seemingly lost until recently uploaded by Crates of JR (and uploaded by ItsRap.De), is rather unique. After a cool medley of 3 Feet performance tracks (with a camera operator who especially enjoyed some of the special effects of the day), the trio is interviewed. A major faux-pas by today’s standards, the interviewer asks Mase and the rest of the guys, some of the groups they were sampling on their benchmark, Prince Paul-helmed debut. What is really cool (and enduring) about the interview, is how some of the tenants of the group’s formation, intent, and mission still hold true 26 years later—with the trio in full tact.
For weird appeal, a game show appearance follows. Watch as a young De La Soul look a bit uncomfortable having to hum the “Inspector Gadget” theme song, when a Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D question pops up. The format of the game is especially odd, but Plug 1, Plug 2, and Plug 3 play nice. This is quality entertainment from a group that has never ceased to be anything else.