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Published on December 15th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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De La Soul – Denver recap

With temperatures falling and snow on the ground, De La Soul kept a full crowd warm this past Saturday night.

When Big Pooh hit the stage, the audience got to dancing. With the crowd chanting “Rapper Big Pooh,” he displayed some impressive dance moves for a man of his size, at altitude.

Pooh was just the MC we were looking for given the old-school legend headliners. He takes pride in his craft and representing his roots, weaving together on-point verses with samples that generate a throwback vibe. We made noise for J Dilla and Little Brother with Pooh saying that he makes a point “at every show to dedicate time to [his] foundation.”

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De La Soul came out around midnight. They peaked the crowd early with “Oooh,” dapping up the whole first row and taking selfie videos on fans’ phones.

After rolling through “Stakes Is High,” the legends spoke humbly, saying, “we’ve been doin’ this since 1988 because we love each other, we’re brothers. But our dream was to have our song on the radio. We wouldn’t be here if [fans] weren’t supporting what we do.”

Dipping into the green room, I got a chance to ask Big Pooh if he had a message for his listeners or readers of the Grimey Gatsby. After a moment’s thought, Pooh told me to stay self-aware by asking questions like, “is the music I’m digesting helping me get to a higher level? Am I plateaued or am I ascending?” We need to keep our focus and remember what we’re doing, explained Pooh, “you gotta deal with the real world head on, so if that’s what you want, come holla at me.” If you feel that, check out Big Pooh’s new album, Home Sweet Home.

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The MCs of De La Soul are at a place where they are completely comfortable with cameras, fans, and every other element of performing. Their energy is great and so is their sound.

As the night wrapped up, you could tell De La wanted to keep going. But none of us expected an encore with hits like “Itzoweezee” and “Rock Co.Kane Flow”!

Many hip hop heads left happy. Artistically, De La Soul continues to draw inspiration from the building blocks of rap music. Throughout the encore, Maseo, who raps and DJs, unpacked a number of Nas beats as well as foundational samples like “Inside My Love” by Minnie Riperton, which he faded into “Lyrics To Go,” the classic by A Tribe Called Quest.

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Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, once again, put on a fantastic show with top-level performers, amenities, and atmosphere.

 

Written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y
Photos by: Zac Cheek @digitalcriminal

 

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