De La Soul and BBQ


Written by George Smith
25 Wednesday 25th February 2015

It may be news to some that popular Bristol BBQ Smokehouse Grillstock, originally grew out of a festival. Now in its sixth year Bristol Grillstock Festival returns to the Harbourside this July for a weekend of music and meat. With 25 acts, 2 stages, 25,000 revelers and a whole load of BBQ, the event is continuing to grow in size, with festivals in Manchester and London as well.
The headliners have just been announced, and Bristol is in for a treat. Sunday is headed up by Bath born indie-blues-rock band The Heavy. You know the one’s who did that undeniably catchy ‘How You Like Me Now?’ track from every advert/tv-show ever.
Saturday sees Welsh comedy rap outfit Goldie Lookin Chain and DMC DJ World Finals judge, DJ YODA. But just to add the BBQ’d cherry to the top of the cake, they've got De La Soul.
In honour of the legendary Hip-Hop trio coming to Bristol, here are 5 essential tracks for your delectation: 

Eye Know

One of the lead singles from the group’s debut 3 Feet High and Rising. The 1989 album helped usher in what would become the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. Prince Paul here demonstrates his excellent ear for samples, making use of The Mad Lads ‘Make This Young Lady Mine’ and that instantly recognizable whistle from Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’.  

Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)

Their second album De La Soul is Dead, featured a dead plant as the cover art, a clear attempt to disassociate themselves from the Hippie image that had been ascribed to them after their debut. The formula however remained the same, and here Prince Paul once again makes devastating use of a Whatnauts and a Lou Johnson to craft this gem.

Ego Trippin' (Part 2)

Buhloone Mindstate is often considered the best record De La Soul put out, and marks the final album with Prince Paul as the sole producer. A clear development in sound and artistic style, ‘Ego Trippin’ is one of the best tracks on the record.

Stakes is High

It would be 3 years before they returned with in 1996 with Stakes Is High. The album was a clear change in style, mostly self produced and had a harder hitting aim. This J Dilla produced classic was a biting commentary on the state of Hip-Hop at the time.

Rock Co.Kane Flow (Feat. MF DOOM)

Originally intended as the final part of the AOI trilogy of albums, The Grind Date involved into an album completely separate. With production by the likes of J Dilla and Madlib, it showed De La moving with the times although no less effective. This Jake One produced beast features the Hip-Hop enigma MF DOOM

We hope you’ve enjoyed this very brief education in De La Soul; they are definitely not to be missed at Grillstock this year. For more information on the festival, check out the website here:

Beats and BBQ, what’s not to love? 

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