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Music Editorial

delasoul17.jpg Gotta have Soul

De La Soul are certainly among the top five hip-hop bands of all time and – whisper it – they may even be in the top three. They’re playing Northumbria University in February.

When it was announced that De La Soul were releasing their first studio album in 12 years in 2016, my interest was roused, but I was apprehensive. I love them, but could they still deliver? I needn’t have worried because And The Anonymous Nobody (crowdfunded to the tune of $600,000) was an astonishing release. Featuring contributions from a whole bunch of mates and luminaries (take a bow Damon Albarn, Estelle, David Byrne, Little Dragon, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Usher, Jill Scott and more) it was a real show-stopper, incredibly inventive and chockfull of great rhymes and rhythms. Of course, the band are renowned for their invention stretching right back to their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, which still sounds as fresh as a daisy (age) today. I’ve seen them numerous times live and I can’t wait to catch them working up a real froth when they hit Newcastle this spring.

De La Soul, Wednesday 22 February, Northumbria University, Newcastle, 7pm, £25. Seetickets.com