Friday 29th May
De La Soul
Renegade Brass Band
Clubs and Spades
Testament (aka Homecut)
8pm - LATE
De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York. The band is best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres (think A Tribe Called Quest, P.M. Dawn, Basehead, Digable Planets etc).
The members are Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason. The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Prince Paul (Tommy Boy Records) with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin'". With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, has been called "a hip hop masterpiece."
They were influential in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def's career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the second longest standing Native Tongues Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers. In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc."
Pete Rock is often cited as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time alongside the likes of J Dilla, DJ Premier, GZA etc
Producing for Nas, Notorious BIG, M.O.P, Busta Rhymes, RUN DMC, Wu Tang Clan, Talin Kweli, Big L and countless more, as well as his own output with CL Smooth - he is one of the true pioneers of hip hop and we are extremely excited for him to be coming to Sheffield!
Stay tuned for more guests announced soon.