“Nobody” Is Smiling. De La Soul Takes The #1 Spot On The Rap Charts
In 1989, De La Soul’s debut 3 Feet High and Rising earned the #1 spot on the R&B charts. The rankings helped solidify an introduction to a career that would shape the sound and style of Hip-Hop over the next 25 years. Thanks to …and the Anonymous Nobody, the trio’s eighth album, they are at #1 yet again.
Funded by fans in an early 2015, $600,000-plus crowd-sourcing 33-day campaign, the A.O.I. Records release topped the Rap charts–a system that was not in place when Posdnuos, Dave (f/k/a Trugoy), and Maseo released their first LP. More than 11,000 fans pledged support to the Long Island, New York Hip-Hop veterans.
In doing so, De La Soul edged out Young Thug’s Jeffrey, a Warner Bros. Records release from one of the reigning stars of the 2010s. This album is the third D.L.S. project to debut in the Top 15 of the charts (#12)—and the first since 2000’s Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (#9), which was distributed by major label.