Heroic hip-hop trio De La Soul will hit Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, August 4th as part of their "20 Years High and Rising Tour". Tickets for the concert, which are $22 in advance, go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, June 5th.
The tour's title is a reference to the 20th anniversary of the band's landmark 1989 debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, an esoteric hip-hop classic that won that year's Pazz and Jop national critics poll while pulling the generally declamatory genre in a whole new cultural direction. If De La Soul may have peaked at the outset, like so many pop geniuses before and since, they also, arguably, aged better than anyone else in what has largely been a young man's form. The band's overlooked 2001 album AOI: Bionix should be the standard-bearer for what hip-hop as "grown folks' music" can be.
Needless to say, I can't remember the last concert announcement that made me so happy.
For a recent taste of the group, check out their remake of friends A Tribe Called Quest's "Excursions" on a recent mixtape: