Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve

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Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve
De La Soul First Serve.jpg
Studio album by De La Soul
Released April 3, 2012
Recorded 2010-2012
Genre East Coast hip hop, alternative hip hop
Length 65:26
Label Duck Down Music Inc.
Producer Chokolate & DJ Khalid a.k.a. 2&4
De La Soul chronology
Are You In?
Plug 1 and Plug 2 Presents First Serve
"and the Anonymous Nobody...

Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve is the eighth album from hip-hop group De La Soul members Kelvin Mercer (a.k.a. Plug 1), and David Jolicoeur (a.k.a. Plug 2), in collaboration with French DJ duo Chokolate and Khalid,[1] released on April 3, 2012.

In the album the duo adopt the persona of "First Serve" a hip-hop band making it in the music industry in the late 1990s. Mercer takes the persona of "Jacob 'Pop Life' Barrow", and Jolicoeur takes the persona of "Deen Witter". The album details the fictional band making it in the music industry, their success, breakup, and eventual reformation.[2]

Jolicoeur and Mercer have been interviewed in character as Barrow and Witter, often quoting De La Soul as an "influence", and describing De La Soul as "those guys".[3]

This album failed to enter most charts due to the lack of promotion, but managed to peak at No. 223 on the Japanese Oricon Chart, which became the band's second time to enter the chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Opening Credits" 3:39
2. "Pushin' Aside, Pushin' Along" 4:15
3. "The Work" 4:07
4. "Small Disasters" 2:40
5. "We Made It" 4:29
6. "We Made It - Interlude" 0:49
7. "Must B the Music" 4:09
8. "Goon TV - Interlude" 1:22
9. "The Book of Life" 4:01
10. "Clash Symphony" 3:25
11. "Pop Life" 5:17
12. "Tennis" 4:15
13. "The Top Chefs" 3:00
14. "Backstage - Interlude" 1:32
15. "Move 'Em In, Move 'Em Out" 5:08
16. "Ending Credits" 3:08


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[4] 233


  1. ^ "Serving up a new treat: De La Soul stars Kelvin and Pos return as First Serve". The Mirror. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (2 April 2012). "De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present First Serve". HipHopDX. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Copsey, Robert (February 21, 2012). "First Serve (De La Soul) interview: "Four is the magic number now"". Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^