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De La Soul’s ‘And the Anonymous Nobody’ brings LI act to top of charts

Dave (David Jude Jolicoeur), left, and Maseo (Vincent

Dave (David Jude Jolicoeur), left, and Maseo (Vincent Mason) are two-thirds of De La Soul. Credit: Getty Images / Tristan Fewings

De La Soul’s “. . . And the Anonymous Nobody” (AOI) album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart last week, giving the Long Island music scene its first chart-topping album since 2014.

The album was the first in 12 years for the hip-hop trio from Amityville, funded in part by fans who donated more than $600,000 to the group’s Kickstarter campaign so it could make the album it wanted rather than deal with input from a record label.

“Independence,” De La Soul tweeted after hearing the news of its No. 1 debut, “worth it all.”

“. . . And the Anonymous Nobody,” which kept Drake’s “Views” from another week at the top spot, debuted at No. 12 on the overall Billboard albums chart, in a competitive week that featured debuts from Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears and Florida Georgia Line.

Long Island natives scored No. 1 albums in 2014, as Mariah Carey’s “Me. I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse” topped the R&B albums chart and Long Beach-based Taking Back Sunday’s “Happiness Is . . .” topped the Independent Albums chart.

Perhaps the scene will quickly land another No. 1 album, after Taking Back Sunday releases “Tidal Wave” on Sept. 16 to strong reviews.

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