Birth name

Kelvin Mercer

Also known as

Plug One, Mercenary, Pos


17 August 1969 (age 47)

  • The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer

Years active



Tommy Boy, Sanctuary

Associated acts

De La Soul, Native Tongues

Kelvin Mercer (born 17 August 1969), better known by his stage name Posdnuos, is an American rapper, producer and one-third of the hip hop trio De La Soul. He was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in East Massapequa, New York. Mercer and David "Trugoy" Jolicoeur were childhood friends. They met Vincent "Maseo" Mason in the early 1980s while attending Amityville High School in Long Island, New York, and the three of them formed De La Soul in 1987. As a member of De La Soul, Mercer is generally regarded as one of the most consistent and underrated MCs of all time. He is known for his witty, double entendre-laden battle rhymes.

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