by / June 18th, 2016 /

De La Soul – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Hare Squead open proceedings in the Olympia Theatre oozing with confidence and style. Their show has evolved into a well oiled machine with varied styles of delivery which makes for an amazingly consistent and entertaining set that never slacks in any department. There’s dancing and energy by the bucketload from each member of the group as they bounce around the stage as if they own it – which they seemingly do for just under an hour.

De La Soul, on the other hand, have a carefully structured show that solidifies their legendary status as pioneers of hip hop’s Daisy Age. Each member is vital to the joyous atmosphere generated, most notably DJ Maseo. His live scratching and cuts are taken care of with supreme precision while both Posdnuos and Dave give each verse their all and are consistent in backing each other’s lyrics up. It creates a huge vocal sound that hits you hard and never misses a beat.

With 27 years worth of music to draw from it’s only right that they pack in the hits. Their massive collaboration with Gorillaz, ‘Feel Good Inc’, is a pleasant surprise that ignites a passion in the crowd that the group have been searching for. Although they frequently indulge in pitting one side of the audience members against the other, it is when the beat drops and the rhymes are delivered with expertise that they find the biggest success in getting people moving.

When it comes to hip hop shows De La Soul truly epitomise professionalism. Everything is choreographed to perfection, but the genuine rapport between the three members allows for moments of spontaneity and genuine laughter. It’s refreshing to see a group who have been together for so long actually enjoying each other’s company and what they have been doing for a living for three decades now. They show a huge amount of respect for the reception given by the ever-reciprocative Dublin crowd. It’s not often De La come to town, but when they do it’s a monumental moment for everyone involved.