Published on March 20th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
De La Soul – Denver recap
We sent our Street sage, Joey Cutty, to his first ever De La Soul concert this past weekend with a star studded west coast line up to open for the Legends of music. This is the first of many installments from the Gonzo born and raised, NYC *bedstuy* tried and tested, master chef traveled, artistic advisor, and all around Grimey thoroughbred….Joey is part of our new contributors and enjoys many things in life. Enjoy his take on the evening in Denver…..and stay tuned for more features from the new writers at Grimey Gatsby.
“First of all I have to say One Be Lo is a great emcee.. I’ve been bumping his shit on my turntables for years.. A member of Binary Star and quite an awesome talent.. He keeps it pretty down tempo which makes him a great opening act for artists like Lateef & Lyrics Born (Latyrx).. He also kept it interesting by throwing in some acapella’s in between his well produced tracks.. Just hearing him rhyme without the beat made it clear he is real emcee and not to be fucked with..
Latyrx came on next with their hyphy/up tempo tracks that definitely got the people moving.. I have to say they really have their own style.. That to me is the most interesting thing about Bay Area hip hop.. They are all very unique in their slang and the rhyme schemes.. As much as they may have been influenced by the east coast or LA they aren’t afraid to sound a little different.. That creative bravery is what distinguishes the Bay Area as its own force in the world of Hip Hop.. The energy and stage presence separates these talented emcees from many a Hip Hop act.. Not to mention the fact they had the live drumming and scratching to supplement their fast rhymes..
Finally De La Soul!!!
I was very excited to see them perform mostly because I had never seen them but also because tracks like “oodles of o’s” and “stakes is high” we’re what defined great Hip Hop in my book for life.. Very few Hip Hop groups bring as much charisma, positivity, and fun to Hip Hop.. Also the fact that they can switch roles in the middle of a song, going from one emcee to the next with each one jumping on the wheels of steel and then grabbing the mic.. All I have to say is “WOW!” Regardless of this aging group they are still one of my favorites and seeing them live cemented that idea in my head.. Great act.. In fact? The best Hip Hop act I’ve seen in my life.”
Written by: Joey Cutty - @joey_cutty