Redman has revealed the De La Soul moment that blew his mind, and it involves the trio’s MF Doom-assisted track “Rock Co.Kaine Flow.”
Redman’s comments were made as part of a series of De La Soul tributes that premiered at the group’s “D.A.I.S.Y. Experience” event in New York City last week, which commemorated both their back catalog finally arriving on streaming and the recent passing of Trugoy The Dove.
Executive produced by Questlove, De La Soul, Grace Harry and Reservoir Media — the company behind the group’s streaming release — the series paid homage to the cultural impact of the group, with additional tributes coming from Chris Rock, Chuck D, Prince Paul and others.
“Ay Redman in the building, shout out to De La Soul, shout out to my brother Dave Trugoy we gonna miss you my brother rest in power,” Redman began his tribute. “Now if you never been to a De La Soul show you done missed out.
“Now there’s one part of the show that they know I love it’s the song that they did with MF Doom ‘Rock Co.Kaine Flow,’ and when they do that set I lose my fucking mind. Because Dave he be like, ‘one more time put your muthafuckin’ hands up!’ and they just freeze. They like God’s up there on the stage and I lose my fucking mind.”
Check out Redman’s tribute below:
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This isn’t the first time Redman has spoken about this particular moment. Shortly after Dave passed away unexpectedly at the age of 54 last month, the Def Squad legend shared a clip of De La Soul doing exactly what he mentioned.
“WELCOME HOME DAVE!!” Redman wrote. “GOD is So AMAZING to Welcome You Home! Prayers and Condolences to the Family. DE LA SOUL FOREVER !!”
WELCOME HOME DAVE !!
GOD is So AMAZING to Welcome You Home !
Prayers and Condolences to the Family.
DE LA SOUL FOREVER !! pic.twitter.com/pyaNxGhonh
— Redman (@therealredman) February 13, 2023
Elsewhere in the tribute, Chris Rock took a moment to shout out his favorite De La Soul track “In The Woods,” and rehashed a lyric that he’s continued to live his life by.
“My favorite De La album is Buhloone Mindstate,” Rock said. “To me, there’s two De La’s. There’s De La and De La with Prince Paul, and the Prince Paul records are just fucking better. They’re hysterical. They’re better than In Living Color, they’re better than The Chris Rock Show, they go toe-to-toe with Chappelle’s Show. Everything De La did with Prince Paul is just fucking amazing.
“‘Catch me breathing on the planes where the gangsta’s outdated/ Fuck being hard Posdnuos is complicated.’ Literally, that rhyme is how I live my muthafuckin’ life!”
De La Soul’s “D.A.I.S.Y. Experience” went down at Manhattan’s Webster Hall on March 3, where surviving members Posdnuos and Maseo were joined onstage by some of rap’s biggest stars.
In addition to DJ sets from Clark Kent, D-Nice, Rich Medina, Tony Touch and Stretch Armstrong, the night saw surprise appearances from Common, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more.
The latter two ran through their 1989 collab “Ladies First,” while Common performed his 2000 hit “The Light” before kicking a De La-inspired freestyle and trading bars with Kweli.
Other guests included Q-Tip, Dave Chappelle, Black Thought, Prince Paul, Just Blaze, Large Professor, Pharoahe Monch, Dave Chappelle and more.