De La Soul tour dates 2014 announced

Posted on 13 February 2014
By Carlton Whitfield
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Hip Hop legends De La Soul are set to return to the UK for a run of shows this summer.

A quarter century after the release of their world-conquering debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising, they will hit British soil in May 2014.

Widely considered a hip-hop masterpiece, De La Soul’s debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising, was hailed on its release as the future of the genre.

A colourful burst of neo-psychedelic samples and playful wordplay plus the trio’s trademark witty skits and lyrics, the album sounded like nothing else in hip-hop.

True pioneers, De La Soul, eschewed the obvious influences of old-school rap or funk and spread their net wider, taking in pop, jazz, reggae and psychedelia.

Album of the Year on its release – a measure of 3 Feet High and Rising’s cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted Album of the Year by NME. De La Soul continue to garner awards, more recently in 2006, when they won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single “Feel Good Inc.”

De La Soul’s most recent single, their first in nine years, was released in May 2013. “Get Away (feat. the Spirit of the Wu)” is a slice of brilliantly caustic hip-hop matched with a stunning video.

Described by Rolling Stone as ‘remaining one of hip-hop’s most innovative audiovisual crews’, check their video premiere.

25 years on from its initial release, Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove and Pasemaster Mase are back to remind us that 3 really is the Magic Number.


1st LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
2nd MANCHESTER Academy
3rd GLASGOW The Arches
4th YORK YO1 Festival
6th LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly
7th BRISTOL O2 Academy