Alternative hip hop encompasses rap music that didn’t conform to any one of the mainstream hip hop styles. As such, alternative hip hop typically includes elements of the more popular rap genres however fuses these with influences from genres including funk, jazz, soul, rock, and pop. Alternative hip hop emerged in the late-80s when hip hop was dominating the mainstream and various bands, specifically on the East Coast, were trying to push the genre in new directions. Some of the earliest influential bands include A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and KRS-One. De La Soul’s 1989 release, 3 Feet High was especially influential on the genre as it garnered widespread acclaim and attention. The 90s saw alternative hip hop decline from the mainstream however Arrested Development and the Fugees both experienced significant commercial successes.