Friday Night: De La Soul at Yoshi's
De La Soul
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
Better Than: the winter Olympics
De La Soul is so well regarded for its laid-back grooves that its emcees don't always get the credit they deserve for microphone mastery. Friday night at Yoshi's, Maseo, Pos and Dave the Dove achieved total command of their audience with dense, rapid verbal variations and a series of participatory ploys, making a home for rap in the grandiloquent and marbled club.
In the middle of the room, people shouted, "We're over here!" Dave, standing on the other side, said, "I'm partial to over here" -- and got his section leaping and hooting. With this routine of taking sides, the emcees played on the fans' competitiveness and killed any inertial laziness in the room.