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The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time  

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De La Soul are considered one of the great indie hip-hop groups of all time. List of the best De La Soul albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This De La Soul discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top De La Soul albums can be found at the top of the list. The trio known as De La Soul came together in NYC in the late '80s; its members include Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy (David Jude Jolicoeur), and Maseo (Vincent Lamont Mason Jr.). Past collaborators include artists like David Bryne, Maceo Parker, and Gorillaz. 

To make it easy for you, we haven't included De La Soul singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest De La Soul album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite De La Soul album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best De La Soul album of all time, this list will answer your question. It includes 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, and Buhloone Mindstate. This list of popular De La Soul CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

3 Feet High and Rising is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time
Photo: Emanuele Rosso/Flickr

Release Date: 1989

Artist: De La Soul

Producer: Prince Paul

Tracks: Potholes in My Lawn, Do as de La Does, I Can Do Anything (Delacratic), D.A.I.S.Y. Age, Change in Speak, Buddy, Tread Water, Say No Go, Ghetto Thang, Take It Off, Can U Keep a Secret, Me Myself and I, Eye Know, Transmitting Live From Mars, A Little Bit of Soap, Description, Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend), Intro, This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.), Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge), Cool Breeze on the Rocks, The Magic Number, De La Orgee, A Little Bit of Soap

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop, Jazz rap, + more

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Buhloone Mindstate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1993

Artist: De La Soul

Producer: De La Soul, Prince Paul, Bob Power

Tracks: Eye Patch, 3 Days Later, I Be Blowin', Stone Age, Ego Trippin', Part Two, Patti Dooke, Intro, Area, I Am I Be, In the Woods, Breakadawn, Paul's Revenge, En Focus, Dave Has a Problem... Seriously, Long Island Wildin'

Length (mins): 00:48:17

Genres (Music): Hip hop music

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De La Soul Is Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1991

Artist: De La Soul

Producer: De La Soul, Prince Paul

Tracks: Skit 2, WRMS’ Dedication to the Bitty, Skit 5, Intro, WRMS: Cat's in Control, Afro Connections at a Hi 5 (In the Eye of the Hoodlum), Pease Porridge, A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays", Bitties in the BK Lounge, Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), Kicked Out the House, My Brother's a Basehead, Not Over Till the Fat Lady Plays the Demo, Fanatic of the B Word, Let, Let Me In, Skit 4, Johnny’s Dead a.k.a. Vincent Mason (live, BK Lounge), Pass the Plugs, Oodles of O’s, Who Do U Worship, Rap De Rap Show, Skit 3, Skit 1, Keepin' the Faith, Shwingalokate, Talkin’ Bout Hey Love, Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa

Length (mins): 01:13:57

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Stakes Is High is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1996

Artist: De La Soul

Producer: De La Soul, J Dilla

Tracks: Brakes, Sunshine, Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby, Pony Ride, The Bizness, Wonce Again Long Island, Stakes Is High, Down Syndrome, Long Island Degrees, Intro, Supa Emcees, Itzsoweezee (Hot), Betta Listen, Dog Eat Dog, Dinninit, 4 More, Big Brother Beat

Length (mins): 01:08:21

Genres (Music): Hip hop music

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