Mountain is an American hard rock band that formed in Long Island, New York in 1969.
Mountain is one of the bands considered to be forerunners of heavy metal music
Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist Felix Pappalardi and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 before reuniting in 1974 and remaining active until today.
Best known for the song “Mississippi Queen”, Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s.
The beginning of the live recording of their song “Long Red” has become one of the most sampled drum breaks in hip hop, sampled in songs by EPMD, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Kanye West, Game, among many others.