De La Soul Cooks | Literally & Figuratively

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De La Soul “Eye Know” | Hip-Hop Feast on Colbert

De La Soul recently performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to celebrate their seminal album, 3 Feet High and Rising, now hitting its 30th milestone. Maseo and Posdnuos and mega-producer Prince Paul cooked up a storm with a performance of “Eye Know” that was anything but ordinary. Amid the beats and rhymes, they were seen playfully concocting a mix at a stovetop, a nod to the recipe of samples and sounds that made it another De La Soul classic track. Watch the performance below.

In a special moment, they tipped their hats to Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, acknowledging the unforgettable sample from “Peg” (listen to the original sample below) that forms the backbone of “Eye Know.”

The performance didn’t stop there; it also paid homage to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” weaving diverse influences that underscore the track’s enduring appeal. Other samples include Lee Dorsey, The Mad Lads, and Sly & The Family Stone.


Culinary Beats: De La Soul Cooks Up Nostalgia

The cookery-themed setup wasn’t just for show. It symbolized the creative process of mixing various musical ingredients to create something new and deliciously catchy. This performance wasn’t merely about looking back; it was a live demonstration of the trio’s innovative spirit and their ability to stir the pot of hip-hop culture, adding their unique flavors to the mix.


Remembering Trugoy the Dove

It’s worth noting that this appearance follows De La Soul’s emotional performance on Fallon last year, where they paid tribute to the late Trugoy the Dove. Joined by the Roots, they performed “Stakes Is High.”

As De La Soul continues to celebrate 3 Feet High and Rising, their Colbert performance is a reminder of their innovative legacy. It wasn’t just a trip down memory lane; it was a reaffirmation of their role as pioneers who blend genres, samples, and styles to create music that transcends time.

For fans new and old, it’s clear that the trio’s magic is as potent as ever, ensuring that their beats and rhymes will keep heads nodding for years to come.




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