The 25 Best Long Island Rap Albums

9. De La Soul, De La Soul Is Dead (1991)

Label: Tommy Boy

De La Soul’s sophomore release showed that a hip-hop group could completely distance themselves from their signature release without compromising their integrity in the least. In an effort to kill the group's reputation as soft hippies, the former Amityville High Schol classmates Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo crafted an album that was just as idiosyncratic and enjoyable as 3 Feet High and Rising, giving mettle-testing hoodlums, basehead brothers, demo-hawking jackals, bitties in the BK lounge and other foes—not to mention their own selves—the gasface with attitude-heavy, hilarious takedowns like “Peas Porridge Hot” and “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey).” Self deprecation never sounded this good.

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