– DJ Maseo De La Soul #MCM
Your parents may recognize him from a music video that aired in 1989. The video starts out with a handsome young man in a polka dotted t-shirt, a grey tie, a hunter green jacket and a wicked Gumby haircut. It’s like weird cross between the “sponge look” and a Boosie fade.
The music video starts off with De La Soul in a guidance counselor’s office, nostalgic that they have to take a class taught by Professor Defbeat, followed by a short message by Prince Paul.
“if you take three glasses of water and put food coloring in them, you have many different colors, but it’s still the same old water.”
It goes on to show, who we all know now as DJ Maseo, being taught the image-driven, mainstream style of hip-hop. Throughout the video he is teased for his unique style and for not conforming to the more popular “hip hop” image.
At the end of the video, mirror images of the three De La Soul members appear from the back of the class, each sporting a T-shirt that reads “Mirror Mirror”. Each “Mirror Mirror” image gives their respective counterpart a school pass allowing them to get out of Professor Defbeat’s class. Together, the trio leave their desks, throw their slips in the professor’s face, and leave the classroom. The video also contains brief cameos from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Randee of the Redwoods, a comedic hippie character made famous in promotional spots created by MTV in the late 1980s.
“Me Myself and I” is a single by De La Soul, released in 1989.
It established the group’s characteristic style of combining hip hop with humor and social commentary. The group’s frustration concerning their forced-upon hippie label is addressed in dry humor, which became the De La Soul trademark. The song’s number 1 position in The Netherlands was spurred by the VPRO television station, who made a documentary about De La Soul after meeting them when they were still unknown. This song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It is also used in the video games NBA Street V3 and NCAA Football 06. The song was used in the opening scene for the season 5 finale of the HBO original series Entourage and was ranked number 46 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
I was 15 years old when I started playing around with it on my CASIO SK-1 Sampler I bought from wiz records and tapes. The sampler had orange pads where you could sample (4) different compositions.
PLOT TWIST!”there was no input.” no aux cord, no Bluetooth -“no way to get the music on to the sample.”
“Put it up to the speaker.” …and that’s exactly what he did. Creative minds think alike DJ Maseo, because I would have done the same thing. He then put it on a 4 track with really on 3 tracks to work with and sat on it from 1985.
Presently, Producer / DJ / part-time MC Vincent Mason a.k.a Maseo a.k.a Plug 3 from iconic hip-hop group De La Soul quietly maintains a spot in hip-hop history. De La is perhaps the “oldest” functioning hip-hop group to still truly maintain credibility while not having “fell off” as they continue to stay relevant collaborating with MF Doom, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah, Madlib and Flosstradamus among others. Their most recent music release was also innovative; put out by Nike, who also released a De La Soul limited edition Dunk which sold out at retail immediately and can now be found on Ebay for upwards of $500.
Surprisingly, their biggest success is very recent:
Damon Albarn from Blur was such a fan that he enlisted De La to participate on his 2nd Gorillaz album and from this was born the song which is the biggest single ever for both De La and Gorillaz was used in the opening scene for the season 5 finale of the HBO original series Entourage. The track was featured on a massive Ipod worldwide TV campaign and won both acts a Grammy after their ensemble Grammy performance that included Madonna.
Most recently De La toured with Gorillaz worldwide where Damon would have entire stadiums chant Maseo’s name to prompt his now infamous demented laugh to start off the performance of “Feel Good Inc” and Maseo was often found DJ’ing at the afterparties with his mix of Funk, Soul, Classic Hiphop, 80’s, Old School and even some House.
Maseo is currently working on his “DJ-Conductor” concept album and can currently be seen in the award-winning “Beats, Rhymes & Life” A Tribe Called Quest documentary keeping the peace between the stars of the movie.
Dj maseo will be headlining this Thursday January 12, 2017 at CLUB DADA located at 2720 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226. This event is brought to you by fresh 45’s. you will elated to know that the residents consist of DJ 5D, DJ Spinderella (YES! From Salt N Peppa), DJ Jay Clipp, Luke Sardello and JT Donaldson.
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Sorry kiddies this will be a 21+ event and the cover is $10.. don’t worry, I will be in attendance & will be posting live on one ( if not all, yall know me) of my social media accounts.
Are you as excited as I am???