De La Soul packed the outdoor arena at last year’s Clockenflap music fest, and the Dragon-i show promises to be a more intimate live performance.
During their shows, the two M.C.s, Posdnuos and Trugoy the Dove, alongside DJ Maseo constantly mash-up songs from their many albums, keeping fans on their toes as they remix their music on the go.
Hearing them live it’s amazing at just how many classic songs they have.
Here’s a quick excerpt of De La Soul performing “Saturdays” at Clockenflap music festival, 2012.
De La Soul’s place in Hip Hop history
With their debut, De La Soul gave a breath of fresh air to New York’s rap scene, taking Hip Hop in a totally new direction. Their first album – 3 Feet High and Rising was filled with rich, sample-heavy songs that were totally original yet steeped in Hip Hop traditions.
Apart from stylish, versatile rhyming, the album featured skits that exuded the group’s personality.
As a trio, De La Soul have been consistently creative, never gimmicky or soft, and always deliver music with a New York flair.
De La Soul demonstrated that Hip Hop isn’t defined by any one thing, and in subsequent albums they refused to be typecast into making the same kind of music over and over again, resisting the easy road of cashing in on the success of their first album.
Apart from songs built on eclectic samples (courtesy of DJ Maseo and producer Prince Paul,) De La Soul were true fans of Hip Hop and their music often alluded to early New York greats as Jimmy Spicer and the CD III.
De La Soul were also one of the few Hip Hop groups whose entire albums were good, rather than just sporadic songs.
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