De La Soul

One of the most enduring hip-hop acts going, De La Soul were always quick to emphasize what separated their offbeat positivity from soft-batch hippiedom. If the Funkadelic-driven "Me, Myself and I" was the first salvo, 1991's daisy-cutting De La Soul Is Dead was the master thesis. By the time they had their biggest crossover appearance with Gorillaz on 2005's "Feel Good Inc.," they'd shared mic time with everyone from Brick City maniac Redman ("Oooh") to funk icon Chaka Khan ("All Good") to indie-rap contemporary MF DOOM ("Rock Co.Kane Flow"). This year's excellent side project First Serve features members Posdnous and Dave on some conceptual alternate-identity hip-hopera business. But word is that Maseo is also still with De La proper, and that a reunion's in the works with Prince Paul, the producer who helped make their first three albums into tour-de-force classics. The tentative title: You're Welcome. 18+, $23-$25, 9 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.6425.
Fri., April 27, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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