Although facing a challenging climate for artists with a popularity peak that is now more than two decades past, De La Soul has remained a family unit throughout their long career. There are no Plug One, Plug Two, or Plug Three solo albums; while Prince Paul went on to other things (let it be said, none were as exciting as his work with Pos, Dave, and Maseo), the original trio have stuck it out for the long haul. There have been moments of creative slippage, sure. And the run of three albums that launched the trio is a hard legacy to match. Yet the group remains one of the genre’s most underrated, breaking down doors for artfully relatable MCing years before today’s regular-guy rap mainstays. Today, their innovations are less musical than they are technological, taking advantage of torrents and Kickstarter to not only beat the drum for artist-controlled distribution, but to creatively drum up some publicity. De La Soul now touch the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s—a feat few other rappers, never mind crews, can claim.