De La Soul @ The Phoenix    
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written by Michele de la Cruz - March 17th, 2005    
In a city as diverse as Toronto it is only expected to be confronted by a multifarious crowd at the Phoenix on St. Patricks Day. Saukrates surprised many at the sold-out De La Soul show with a remarkable opening act, presenting remixes to classic hits and providing fresh new beats to a growing enthusiastic crowd.

Not much waiting was needed because moments after Saukrates left the stage, Pasemaster Mase rampaged onto the stage giving high-fives to the ecstatic crowd before jumping behind his turntables and began giving a DJ-tribute to A Tribe Called Quest, mixing every hit with each other. It was almost like listening to the remix of the Anthology album, but better.

After hyping the crowd to the fullest, Posdnuos and Trugoy jumps out and starts spiting out their tracks. For a group thats heading towards their 40s, they still have the soul and spirit of 20 year olds catering to a crowd of the old and the young. Their youthful performance made the vibe feel like De La Soul were a new band, eager for the world to hear them, interacting with the crowd by throwing unopened water bottles to sweaty fans and sharing the mic when singing their chorus. Over all they never failed to seize the crowds attention as they did back in the 80s.

All in all, if De La Soul happens to ever stroll by your town, do not fail to miss the opportunity in experiencing their show. You will not regret it.

To check out an interview with Posdnuos conducted by Hugo Lunny in November of 2004, click here.



* All photo's taken by Karla Delcid. Not to be reproduced without discussed consent.









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