De La Soul, Long Island, 1989
© Janette Beckman

De La Soul, Long Island, 1989

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By Janette Beckman
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The Hip-Hop trio comprised of Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo formed in Long Island in 1987 and are credited with their influence on the genre of alternative Hip-Hop. Their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, released shortly before this photograph was taken, has been called a masterpiece and is their best-selling album to date. 
 
About this shoot Maseo said “Janette caught us being us and didn’t try to overwhelm us or push us to do anything we weren’t comfortable with.  She was very aware of our schedule and how hectic it was, and she didn’t mind us taking a picture holding a sign saying, “You’re pissing us off with all your pictures.” 

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De La Soul, Long Island, 1989
De La Soul, Long Island, 1989