No, De La Soul is not dead, you jackasses. In fact, it's their 20th-anniversary tour, which makes me old, but totally means that they're not dead. Seriously, 3 Feet High and Rising came out 20 gawdamn years ago! Which means that when they show up at the Cannery on Aug. 5--without a new album to support, mind you--they'll probably lean real heavy on the classics. NONSTOP PARTY JAMS MOTHER FUCKERS!!! WOOT!!!
The last time I saw De La was around the first Art Official Intelligence record. They played a solid mix of classics and new stuff, but now that "new stuff" could be considered classic, so I'm predicting a helluva show. Seriously, they've got hits for days--hell, my moms could probably spit the verses from "Me, Myself and I." It's hard to believe that De La Soul have been around for so long, considering the way hip-hop has evolved and how many other acts have fallen by the wayside, but after the jump we've got 20 reasons why you need to be at this show.
Tickets are $25 in advance and go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. You can buy 'em here. We suggest that you do so as soon as possible.
"A Rollerskate Jam Named Saturday" - "Let's all get baked like Anita." Words to live by.
"Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" - This was my outgoing voice-mail message for almost a decade and people still gave me mad demo tapes, which are all sitting in a pile that I still haven't listened to. Some folks never learn.
"Oooh (Long Version)" - "If you a fat chick gettin' your fuck on tonight, say 'Oooh, oooh, oooh.'" No, really, say it. You deserve it.
"F.u.n.k.y. Towel" - A Joe's Apratment tie-in? Now that's funky. Singing cockroaches, for realz.
"Me, Myself and I" - This video is strikingly similar to my high school experience, except you'd have to substitute honky suburbanites for hardcore rappers.
"Stakes is High" - Maury Povich cameo! All my unemployed people HOLLA!!!
"Ego Trippin' (Part Two)" - Don't sassafras, or I'll put my foot up your ass. Totes, just like the song say.
"Potholes in My Lawn" - Best use of yodeling in a rap track EVER.
"Buddy" - I learned more about relationships from this song than all of my sex-ed. teachers combined. It's sad, really.
"Shopping Bags (She Got From You)" - I really have no idea what this song is about, but that's because my wife is the bread-winner at my crib. We're modern!
"All Good" feat. Chaka Khan - Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, oh Chaka Khan.
"Keeping The Faith" - I'll never do the baseball with a chick that pad-locks the poon. These are the things I know.
"Fallin" with Teenage Fanclub - I don't know about you, but I loved Judgement Night. There I said it. Laugh at me all you want. I don't care. This song rules.
"The Magic Number" - Math has never been so funky.
"Lovely How I Let My Mind Float" - My cat loves this B-side, based solely on the fact that she's doing the sexy dance on my computer speakers.
"Doin Our Own Dang" Jungle Brothers feat. Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Queen Latifah - I love the Jungle Brothers. Ya gotta problem with that? I'll house you.
"How Ya Want It" Jungle Brothers w/ De La Soul & Q-Tip - A late-period Native Tounges collab that proves that, oh yeah, these dudes are unstoppable.
"Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz feat. De La Soul - It's kinda of shame that De La had to join forces with some mopey Brits to win a Grammy, but whatevs.
"Thou Shalt Always Kill (De La Edit)" Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip feat. Pous Dnous - I didn't think this song could get any better, but once you add some sardonic Afro-centrism, it rockets off the charts.
3 Feet High and Rising EPK - Just in case you still thought they were hippies.