Show Recap and Gallery: De La Soul at Yoshi’s
April 2, 2011
So in 2011, weird is fresh. For De La Soul, it might be the perfect chance for a renaissance. For the past decade, it seemed they needed to mold and remold themselves to fit the current mood in hip-hop, which had no room for the whimsy and quirky attitude that made their name. And now—now they don’t need to. Thanks to timely Gorillaz cameos, they don’t even need to make records to be hot. Maybe that’s why they seem to be more comfortable than they have been for a long while?
If that is the case, that comfort came through in their shows on Friday at Yoshi’s. Easy and breezy, they entertained the crowd and themselves. They made cracks at each other during the show, shared a few jokes with the audience, and laughed at a few in-jokes that no one got. So carefree, they handed the mic to the audience several times. DJ Maseo took his own turn on the mic, leaving Posdnuos to sheepishly take up the turntables. Dave bantered with the crowd, then telling Maseo to play some Wu-Tang at the end of the set because dude up front needed to hear some. “Serious. I swear I’ll stab myself if you don’t,” he threatens. Their set list consisted of more old than new, and I heard some rumbles in the crowd that for some of their newer stuff, but really now, the older tracks are just more fun.
De La Soul finishes their stay in San Fran with two more shows tonight, April 2, at 8pm and 10pm. Get tickets here while they last.