De La Soul – The Instrumentals (1988-1998)

Your De La Soul collection should consist of their first four instrumental LPs, numerous soundboard recordings from concerts in between the years of ’88 and ’98, a gang of shelved demos from the “De La Soul Is Dead” and “Buhloone Mindstate” sessions, etc. Instead, you’re left fiending for these things, and chances are that you’ll never see anything released.

Here are all of their known instrumentals from between the years of ’88 and ’98. If I missed anything, hit us up in the comments section.

De La Soul – The Instrumentals Volume 1
1. Me Myself And I
2. Me Myself And I (Oblapos Mode)
3. Potholes In My Lawn
4. Buddy (Native Tongue Decision)
5. Ghetto Thang (Ghetto Ximer)
6. Say No Go (New Keys)
7. Say No Go (Bonus Beats)
8. Keepin’ The Faith
9. Keepin’ The Faith (Straight Pass)
10. Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa (Full Mix)
11. Ring Ring Ring (Sax Mix)
12. Saturdays (Mo Mo Dub)

De La Soul – The Instrumentals Volume 2
1. The Dawn Brings Smoke
2. Breakadawn (De La Remix)
3. Breakadawn
4. Ego Trippin’
5. Ego Trippin’ (Egoristic Mix)
6. Lovely How I Let My Mind Float
7. En Focus
8. Fallin’
9. Stakes Is High
10. Stakes Is High (Remix)
11. The Bizness
12. The Bizness (Remix)
13. Itzsoweezee
14. Trouble In The Water
15. More Than You Know


Me Myself And I

Me Myself And I (Oblapos Mode)

Potholes In My Lawn

Buddy (Native Tongue Decision)

Breakadawn (De La Remix)


Ego Trippin’


Stakes Is High

Trouble In The Water

–Roy Johnson

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18 Responses to “De La Soul – The Instrumentals (1988-1998)”

  1. Cenzi Stiles says:

    woohoo! Roy is making me eat my foot…

  2. Roy Johnson says:

    No problem, Cenzi! I should probably do something like this for ATCQ.

  3. Anonymous says:

    was there ever an instrumental put out for Three? i looked high and low but no luck..

  4. the mishap collective says:

    I think there was an instrumental for jennifa. been searching for years but have never heard it, tho.

  5. Roy Johnson says:

    On the "Jenifa" single, there's a track on the b-side titled "Derwin", and it says on discogs that it's the instrumental version of "Jenifa", but it's not. I was kinda confused as well.


  6. DJ Critical Hype says:

    WOW !!!!
    ive been lookin for the original Stakes is High instrumental forever!

    i have to bookmark this page, this site is mad dope
    u on twitter?

  7. verge says:

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  8. 2,3, Break! says:

    Nice post but Plug Tunin is the instro I'm after.
    Guess I will have to buy the vinyl when I have the cash, unless anyone can up it for me.

    I have short loop of the track on a Beastie Breaks 12" but its only a 45 loop and not much variation in the track, thats why I need the proper instro.


  9. Roy Johnson says:

    I'd love to get my hands on that "Plug Tunin" instrumental.

  10. fonz (fonz_one@yahoo.com) says:

    THE MAGIC NUMBER PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. CAM says:

    so much respect is deserved for this posting. good looking out mah dudes

  12. Anonymous says:

    Any chance for a Reup pls?

    ps great blog guys

    Lo Vas

  13. verge says:

    Here's a re-up of Volume 1 of the Instrumentals.
    I can't find Volume 2 in my hd, but I'll see what
    I can do for you. Stay tuned.
    Roy Johnson, you out there?

  14. Roy Johnson says:

    Both of the original mediafire links are fine – I log into my account on a daily basis, so links do not expire with the passage of time.

  15. Mark says:

    Hey guys! I’m mad late to this and see links are all dead now. Can anyone re-up? Thanks

  16. bc says:

    links are dead
    any chance to reup please ?
    tx a lot

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