If hip-hop’s rise in popularity can be attributed to anything besides the music, or the apparel, it’s the consolidated approach most of its artists take. “Throw your hands in the air if you love hip-hop!” Yes, Plug One, we love hip-hop. But can you clarify what hip-hop you are referring to? We hope not the Swollen Members or something like that. Do you mean attention-greedy party sluts like the Game? If that is the case, we refuse to put our hands in the air. But, knowing your 15 plus years of commitment to the genre, we will give you the benefit of the doubt and throw them up high.
Will there ever be a chance to see De La Soul when they’re this relevant, for this cheap, ever again? This was the thinking at last night’s sold out De La Soul concert at the Phoenix, where Plug One, Plug Two, and Maceo put the hip in the hop and just did not stop. After a long day of battling on the comment boards of this very site, Torontoist headed out to kick back with perhaps the most professional rap act in hip-hopstory. The concert might have been routine for the hip-hopioneers, but from ecstatic audience participation, the friendly crowd of Toronto back-packers and beat junkies couldn’t tell the difference.
Our crew – consisting of Torontoist, Ms Torontoist, the Adorable Sports Writer and the Compassionate Conservative – was so enthralled by the forefathers of rap that we attempted to get on stage several times. But when Plug Two called all the “laaaaadies” on stage for “All Good” (pictured), Ms Torontoist missed the opportunity by flatly refusing to go! “Oh, give me your hair and I’ll go,” squawked an annoyed Adorable Sports Writer. All was not lost though, both Posdnuos and Dave signed our tickets at the end of the show (also pictured).
In short, the concert was ill.