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Dave Chappelle, hip-hop legends celebrate De La Soul in New York as catalog premieres on streaming platforms

by The Grio

It was a bittersweet moment Thursday night at New York’s Webster Hall as an intimate contingent of hip-hop fans gathered to celebrate De La Soul’s catalog premiering on Friday on digital streaming platforms (DSP).

There was high anticipation following the news of the legendary hip-hop trio’s music hitting DSPs for the first time. However, the celebration comes with a tinge of sadness since one of De La Soul’s founding members, Dave “Trugoy the Dove” Jolicoeur, died on Feb. 12.

The lower Manhattan concert hall hosted “The D.A.I.S.Y. Experience,” a free but limited, immersive event preceding De La Soul’s music hitting Amazon Music and Spotify. The experience also celebrated Jolicoeur’s life.

D.A.I.S.Y. is an acronym for “Da Inner Soul, Y’all,” a play on the flower child hippie aesthetic of their 1989 debut album, “3 Feet High and Rising.”

The venue featured decorations of daisies, group pictures, album covers, merchandise, portraits of Jolicoeur, and a video booth in the lobby. Up the stairs, adorned with decorations of daisies, was the concert hall’s main event. On stage, which featured giant flower pots of orange daisies, The Originals, a group of DJs, played music for the attendees.

The Originals comprised numerous big-name DJs who played music for the fans all night including D-Nice, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, and DJ Clark Kent. Classics like Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise,” Eric B. and Rakim’s “Follow the Leader,” and Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You” were played all evening.

Some of hip-hop’s elite creatives intermingled with the lucky few hundred fans. Chuck D, Roots frontman Black Thought, Vin Rock, DJ Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier were just a few of the luminaries on hand to celebrate the moments. The atmosphere was the vibe of a class reunion, with the legends hugging and…

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