De La Soul: Straight From Webster Hall


Amin Shah, Arts & Entertainment Editor

As of 3/3/23, De La Soul’s discography has become available on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and other such platforms. After over 30 years of legal battles with label records (like ‘‘Warner Bros’’ and ‘‘Tommy Boys’’), samples were finally cleared for these albums to be released. The albums held back for so long utilized the art of sampling, and sample they did. Tens of samples could be heard on each of the albums, similar to that of the Beastie Boys or A Tribe Called Quest, but in such a way that it intertwined multiple samples for each song, especially prominent on their debut album ‘‘3 Feet High And Rising’’, which is comparable to ‘‘Paul’s Boutique’’ by the Beastie Boys. Sadly, David Jolicoeur, more popularly known as ‘‘Trugoy the Dove’’, passed away on the 12th of February. To honor his legacy and celebrate the streaming of De La Soul’s music, a ‘‘Daisy Experience’’ was hosted by De La Soul in Webster Hall, NYC.

The Event
The night was taken over by several DJs (a group called ‘‘The Originals’’) presenting their sets of classic hip-hop, ranging from De La Soul to Nas to the Jungle Brothers, music from the era of the De La Soul renaissance. The venue was packed and the event itself was recorded and is available to watch on Youtube. Breakdancers, interviews/commentary, and live performances/tributes by Maseo, Posdnous, Common, Q-Tip, Queen Latifah, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Chuck D, Grandmaster Flash, Dave Chappelle, Busta Rhymes, and others. It was a unity in hip-hop that hasn’t been shared in a while with all of the hostility and grudges being thrown around in the music industry, so a callback to the times of the ‘‘Native Tongues’’ that De La Soul was a part of (along with A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, etc.). In the times of the 90s, when hip-hop still had a lot of conflict among genres (and even within them), there were moments of unity and connection like this. As a tribute to Trugoy, it was indeed a memorable event that solidifies De La Soul’s place in the history of hip-hop.