Before “conscious hip-hop” was a thing, before there were “backpack rappers,” and back when independent music was called alternative, it was just “Me, Myself and I.” That breakout hit from De La Soul’s 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising effectively launched the early-’90s hip-hop sound popularized by A Tribe Called Quest, the Digable Planets and Arrested Development, described by one critic at the time as “new wave to Public Enemy’s punk.”
The trio have never really slowed down, churning out a record every few years and making choice artistic associations with folks like Gang Starr, MF Doom, Mos Def, Madlib and others. Their contribution to Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc.” in 2005 kept the group in the mainstream during this past decade before dropping First Serve this year. The whole record is the story of a fictional band trying to make in the late-’90s music industry, slyly citing De La Soul as prime influences.
Mirk and DJ Playground will open.
De La Soul will play the Upstate Concert Hall (!208 Route 146, Clifton Park) on Friday (Nov. 23) at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25. Call 371-0012 for more info.