Posted in To Do | hiphop | music | pictures on August 14, 2009

De La DMC @ Nokia Theatre, NYC - 8/13/09 (by Tim Griffin)
De La Soul

As Del La Soul told the crowd when they took the stage at Nokia Theatre in NYC last night (8/13), their show was not going to be all music from 3 Feet High & Rising. Why would anyone think it would be? Probably because the show was billed as "20 Years High and Rising" (and everyone and their mother is playing full albums these days) (including Buckshot who opened the show, but didn't play a full album at this one either). I was more than okay with them not playing the full thing, though it would have been nice to hear a few more songs from that album. Specifically, I wished they played "The Magic Number" and "Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)".

I loved every second of the packed show, and the 10-piece backing band was an especially nice touch. That said, I was selfishly hoping for a few more special guests, not that there weren't any. I thought for sure that Q-Tip would show up, and the Jungle Brothers and Black Sheep, and maybe even Doom, and who knows who else. Ends up they sort of kept the guests to a minimum. Bumpy Knuckles performed a short unannounced opening set. Prince Paul was brought out for a second to say hello. Dres from Black Sheep and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest were watching from the side of the stage and were brought forward to dance for a minute during "Buddy". And then, the big, and maybe only real special guest moment came during a cover of Run DMC's "Rock Box" which was completed with DMC himself on stage as part of the group. They covered Rakim too, but he wasn't there, maybe because he was downtown playing his own show at Highline Ballroom the same evening.

This Sunday (8/16) indie rock leaves the Williamsburg Waterfront for one week (Central Park Summerstage stole it for the day), and another big (mostly) hip hop show happens in NYC, courtesy of JellyNYC, and it's free (and/or $50). The Sunday Pool Party lineup includes Gravy Train!!!, DD/MM/YYYY, Kenan Bell (who also opened for De La Soul on Thursday), a DJ set by Prince Paul (Plug Four), and a headlining set by DEL the Funky Homosapien.

We have a full set of pictures coming from De La Soul (more tour dates HERE), and we'll have some from Sunday too. In the meantime, here's a few videos from the show...

Buckshot Opening for De La Soul

3 FT High Intro

"Me Myself and I"

Medley

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Comments (33)

DMC guested on their cover of Run DMC's "Rock Box"...NOT "King of Rock"!!!

Posted by Anon | August 14, 2009 4:51 PM

fixed, thanks

Posted by brooklynvegan | August 14, 2009 4:53 PM

I realize this is a hip-hop post, but you guys breezed right over the best band in the pool line-up on sunday. DD/MM/YYYY brings the jams!

Posted by Always Right | August 14, 2009 5:24 PM

fixed, thanks

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:40 PM

I love this band they are awesome since the beginning of hip hop music !

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Amazing Performance!

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I love this band it is one of my best i have all their collection. Love them

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Posted by Conveyancing | December 18, 2009 11:33 AM

And then, the big, and maybe only real special guest moment came during a cover of Run DMC's "Rock Box" which was completed with DMC himself on stage as part of the group.

Posted by People Finder | December 18, 2009 3:07 PM

I have always really liked De La Soul as they had links to lots of other bands I liked back in the 90's.

Great mellow-sounding tunes, and look forward to them visiting the UK again one day :)

Posted by Lik Builder | December 23, 2009 3:39 PM

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Posted by Seth Jordan | December 29, 2009 10:41 AM

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Posted by vinyl sticker | March 22, 2010 7:05 PM

Man, when did De La Soul get old?

Posted by Data Recovery | March 29, 2010 12:03 PM

This is a great and very valuable information about De La Soul (& DMC) played Nokia, Prince Paul DJing Pool Party Sunday (w/ Del da Funky Homosapien, Kenan Bell, others). Thank you very much for sharing this information with us.

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I realize this is a hip-hop post, but you guys breezed right over the best band in the pool line-up on sunday. DD/MM/YYYY brings the jams!

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I remember that performance, what a great one. Keep on jammin.

Posted by oral candidiasis | August 10, 2010 6:59 PM

My GOSH it`s a long time since I heard De La Soul the last time! Can`t believe I stopped listening to them, cuz just a couple of years ago hiphop and rap was all I ever listened to. Good thing I came across this site!

Posted by Kredittkort | September 5, 2010 10:19 PM

Are these guys still alive? lol.. Used to listen to them before, but that`s a long time ago.

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