This is Mos Def:
He’s a ninja with words. One of hip-hop's greats.
This is De La Soul:
Their albums 3 Feet High and Rising and De La Soul is Dead broadened hip-hop’s aesthetic.
This is Slick Rick:
Look at his fucking jewelry. He changed hip-hop’s fashion.
All three acts share a bill this week. It’s like a graduate class in cool.
Science of Speech tour: Thurs., Feb. 18, 9pm. $40. With Mos Def, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, Pete Rock, Hezekiah + Slick Rick. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888
PW's Music Issue 2014