Basel 2013: De La Soul Throws a House Party for "Everybody Who's 'Bout Real Hip-Hop"

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Check out Crossfade's full 45-photo slideshow of De La Soul at The Stage Miami.

De La Soul
With DJs Heron, Self Born, and Ynot
Opening set by Problem Kids
The Stage Miami
Thursday, December 5, 2013

"We are De La Soul! And we been doin' this a long fuckin' time," MC Dave, AKA Trugoy the Dove, hollered, smiling and bouncing around the stage at The Stage Miami. "Can we take you back to that long fuckin' time for a minute?"

Last night, almost a full quarter-century after Big D and his De La homies, Posdnuos and Maseo, released the still-essential 3 Feet High and Rising, they rolled into the Design District's best club at about 2 a.m. for a Basel 2013 house party, putting the hip and the hop back into rap.

Like Crossfade's newest buddy, Darron, said while smoking a fattie, it was "a late-late-night, hell-yeah, no-bullshit, good fucking time."

See also: Basel 2013: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Sheek Louch Turn Up Till Closing Time

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Self Born, getting his drink on.

As is usually the case with The Stage's classic hip-hop shows, whether Raekwon or KRS-One or Mobb Deep, the De La crowd was made up of true rap heads and mostly grown folks.

In fact, between slugging shots of booze and dropping deep cuts, DJ Self Born unscientifically attempted a census, asking, "Who's over 25? How about 30? And 35?"

With every uptick, the audience's screams got louder. But the scream-o-meter didn't actually peak till the De La Soul dudes started their set and Dave took up the project, snickering, "Now, I know you are adults. But how many of y'all are old-ass motherfuckers like me?"

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Check out Crossfade's full 45-photo slideshow of De La Soul at The Stage Miami.

Being 45 like Dave, though, can be a good thing in hip-hop these days.

You're old enough to not give a fuck about trends. You're experienced enough to actually own the stage and rock the microphone. And you've lived enough to spit something besides formulaic rhymes about drugs, cars, bitches, beef, and money.

Of course, it's not entirely an age thing. So, in the words of Maseo, last night's show was one for the kids, the grown folks, "everybody who's 'bout real hip-hop culture."

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Warming up the crowd with shout outs to De La's fellow Native Tongues crew members and a selection of Tribe Called Quest cuts ("Can I Kick It?," "Bonita Applebum," "Scenario"), Maseo set a loose and natural vibe before Dave or Pos had even stepped to the mic.

But when the MCs finally did go in on their first verses, rollicking through 3 Feet's timeless "Take It Off," the old-school spirit only got ten times stronger.

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They got real with 2004's "Grind Date." They dedicated "Oooh" to "all the people in Miami holding it down." And it was obvious they were loving it as much as the fans.

"De La Soul," Pos told us, "is truly blessed to be here after 25 years. And all we want you to do is have fun."

See also: De La Soul's Maseo Talks Classic Hip-Hop and Basel 2013

Location Info


The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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I was there…great show! But wow, terrible opening act. I'm a local live music supporter and have seen most of the notable south florida bands. Were none of them available?


Yes, we chose a winner for the free tix, Barry Rosenblum.

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