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FutureStarrVanilla Ice, Tone Loc and Rob Base on Bill at Mill's Friday, August 5
Fans of the 1990s won't want to miss this special I Love the '90s show at Mill's on Friday, August 5. Four headliners had chart-topping songs or albums during that era - including Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Tone Loc and Rob Base! Get tickets here courtesy of Universal Attractions Agency!
The '90s are back in fashion and fans who remember that golden age of hip-hop will get to relive those eras at Mill's 'I Love the '90s' show on Friday, August 5 at Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium.
In the '90s, hip-hop and rap became increasingly popular across America. These genres provided artists with a platform to express themselves and their views on society and life in general. Many artists from this era have become household names today and are recognized as influential figures within music's industry.
Rob Base, born in Harlem, New York, started his career at a young age. He joined the Sureshot Seven as a fifth grader and soon after formed an hip-hop duo with DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney Bryce) when they graduated high school.
Their first single, "DJ Interview," premiered on World to World and earned them a recording contract with Profile Records in 1987. Their debut album, It Takes Two, was an instant hit; its title track went platinum.
Rap music made history when "Get on the Dance Floor," from their album, became the first rap song to reach #1 on US R&B charts. Their follow-up single, "Keep Moving," further cemented their reputation for urban success and further cemented their street cred.
On It Takes Two, the third and fourth singles "Joy and Pain" and "Funky Cold Medina" were both successful. In fact, Spin magazine named these duo the Single of the Year!
Rob Base is best known for his hit single, "It Takes Two," but he also recorded other notable songs such as "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." His work has been featured in many movies and commercials, plus he's made numerous TV appearances on shows like The Monique Show and Queen Latifah Show.
He continues to make waves in both hip-hop and freestyle, earning himself a place as an iconic Celebrity DJ. Available for exclusive private events as well as public concerts, his talents are undeniable.
Rob Base is best known for his 1988 hit single, "It Takes Two," which reached platinum status and was named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singles of All Time. Since then, MC Rob Base has toured the globe, performing regularly in his hometown of Harlem, New York.
Coolio was one of the most beloved rappers of the 90s, dominating the music scene with his string of hit singles. Born Artis Ivey in Monessen, Pennsylvania and raised in Compton, California where he immersed himself in South Central rap culture, in 1994 Coolio released his debut album It Takes a Thief on Tommy Boy Records; its opener "Fantastic Voyage" reached No. 3 on Billboard singles chart and helped redefine West Coast hip-hop as less intimidating than its tougher predecessors from 1980s times.
Coolio has also made appearances in a number of films and television shows, such as Hollywood Burn (1997) and Judgment Day (2000). Additionally, he had roles in more substantial movies like Space Jam, Clueless, The Big Payback and Panther.
At the age of 30, he released his most iconic song, "Gangsta's Paradise," which earned him a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, Solo. It also appeared on the soundtrack to Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pfeiffer, making him an international superstar.
Stevie Wonder's iconic song "Freedom" made a powerful social statement about ghetto life and quickly went viral, ushering in hard-core pop-rap in its wake.
In addition to his Grammy win, Coolio was nominated for five other awards throughout his career. According to Luminate Media, his music has sold over 4.8 million albums and been streamed 978 million times on-demand.
Coolio was no stranger to controversy despite his success. He had several legal issues, such as a 1998 conviction in Germany for aggravated theft, and also had an outstanding criminal record in the US.
He is fondly remembered in Ireland, where he appeared on numerous Irish TV shows during the 2000s and made frequent trips to the country. Known for his humorous yet heartfelt performances, he also held strong beliefs about society around him: that people should be taught good character traits and set an example for their children.
If you're in the area and looking to enjoy some music from the '90s, Mill's 'I Love the '90s' show is a must-see. This show will include many popular acts from that decade such as Young MC and Vanilla Ice Tone Loc.
Enjoy the music of Halsstorm and The Pretty Reckless as well as Home Remedy, a folk-pop duo led by Lydia Garrison and Rosie Newton. Additionally, Fitnell Farms BBQ Food Truck and Dennis' Homemade Ice Cream will be on site for this event!
Hip-hop experienced many milestones during the '90s, but none quite compare to Young MC from San Francisco. His lyrical skill combined with a fast-talking delivery propelled him to pop stardom; in 1989, he co-wrote Tone Loc's hit singles "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina," and two years later his debut album Loc-ed After Dark reached No. 1 on Billboard charts thanks to two huge hits off it.
Rapper Lil Wayne was instrumental in bridging the R&B and hip-hop gap, particularly during the late '90s when rap music began becoming more widely accepted. A seasoned performer with an incredible voice, Lil Wayne had earned himself the attention of music industry executives.
He was renowned for his sense of humor, as evidenced by his hit song "Bust a Move," which reached No. 10 on the Billboard chart. Additionally, he appeared in numerous films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective with Jim Carrey.
At this juncture in hip-hop's evolution, its authenticity and genre-shifting potential were at their highest points. As a result, some of the top rappers on earth were saying some of its most inspirational, transformative messages in history.
Treach is an American rapper and actor whose fame rose during the 1990s. He's best known for his work as part of hip hop group Naughty by Nature, though he's also featured in various movies and television shows.
On December 2, 1970 in East Orange, New Jersey, the rapper was born and raised by friends Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee. After beginning to rap during high school, he formed the hip hop collective Naughty by Nature with fellow classmates Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee.
In 1991, the group released their debut album and quickly rose to become one of hip hop music's biggest stars. Over the years, they've won numerous awards for their music, including a Grammy Award.
Treach and his bandmates have achieved international fame, yet they remain deeply embedded in East Orange where they remain actively involved with their community. They support many causes and even helped prevent HIV/AIDS spread within their own backyard.
He is a successful rapper and actor with an estimated net worth of $2 million. This wealth has been generated through his successful career in the music industry and from sales of his numerous albums and singles.
The rapper is a successful businessman with numerous properties throughout America. His mansion in New York City and luxurious home in California are two examples.
Rapper Treach has earned himself a number of accolades, such as the Grammy Award and BET Award. Additionally, various publications have recognized him as one of the most influential hip-hop artists.
At age 19, rapper started performing live and has been an active performer ever since. He's performed at numerous concerts and festivals around the world, as well as collaborated with other hip-hop artists. With such a large fanbase, fans enjoy both his music and personality immensely. His success has cemented him into a star, and it looks like that will continue for as long as he produces new material.
After decades of legal battles with labels, hip-hop pioneers De La Soul are finally available on streaming services. Their six albums from Long Island will be released March 3 after Reservoir Media acquired their catalog.
Streaming platforms have become the go-to way to consume music, catering to our short attention spans and providing new songs quickly. That's why it's so refreshing to see one of hip-hop's most influential acts finally make their way onto the platform.
De La Soul, the iconic Long Island hip-hop group, is finally releasing their first six albums onto streaming services. After years of label disputes and sample clearance issues that kept their early work off digital platforms, De La Soul's work can finally be streamed for fans' enjoyment.
On March 3, 1989, the band released their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. This record quickly reached the top of many critics' lists and is still considered one of hip-hop's classics today.
A groundbreaking achievement of its time, this album featured playful social commentary and creative wordplay. It marked the start of a new style of lyrical storytelling which would inspire many others and remain an influential component of hip-hop music for decades to come.
"Ghetto Thang" is an inspiring track that delves into life in the ghetto, particularly its poverty and hardship. Trugoy spits: "Infested are the halls, also the brains/ Daddy's broken down from ghetto pains/ Mommy's flying high, truth be told" while Posdnuos raps: "It's like a dream - that's all that matters."
3 Feet High and Rising marked a landmark moment in De La Soul's career, yet their entire catalog never made it onto streaming services due to legal disputes with former label Tommy Boy Records. Now, thanks to Reservoir Media's acquisition of Tommy Boy's catalog, De La Soul's music can finally be streamed via Chrysalis Records distribution partnership.
After years of waiting, De La Soul's first six albums are finally available on streaming services. Back in January, Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer, David "Trugoy" Jolicoeur and Vincent "Maseo" Lamont Mason announced that their music would be made available through services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.
On their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, the New York-based trio thrilled hip-hop fans with their innovative approach to rapping, sampling, and production. This gangster-punk art-rap record had an immense influence over artists such as Public Enemy and Queen Latifah.
However, not everything was perfect. De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, marked a dramatic departure from their debut record with skits debunking their dayglo daisy-age hippie image. While not perfect, De La Soul Is Dead remains one of their most captivating records to this day.
On their album, Posdnous, Trugoy and DJ Maseo denounced the commercialization of hip-hop music, attacking their own merchandise deals as well as cautioning fans not to get sucked into the "gangster rap" phenomenon. Additionally, they expressed frustration with how rappers often sampled other artists' material without crediting its creators - something which continues today.
At first, the band had difficulty getting their music onto streaming services due to issues with sample clearances and a contract dispute with former label Tommy Boy. However, in 2021 Reservoir Media purchased Tommy Boy for $100 million (PS80million). Now the entire catalog has been remastered and released onto streaming services.
After years of controversy with their label Tommy Boy, De La Soul's first six albums are finally available on streaming services. Unfortunately, the catalog wasn't legally accessible as streaming services gained traction due to issues with sample clearances and disagreements over the group's share of profits from streaming services.
Buhloone Mindstate, De La Soul's third studio album and final collaboration with longtime production partner Prince Paul, marks a pivot in their music. While still highly ambitious with samples spanning various genres of hip hop and jazz, it also features more live instrumentation than its two predecessors. JB Horns provide extensive jazzy guest work on tracks like "Patti Dooke" and "I Be Blowin'."
Buhloone Mindstate may not have been as groundbreaking or beloved as 3 Feet High and Rising, but it remains an important milestone in De La Soul's musical evolution. Though it didn't become a major commercial hit, its critical success has since ensured it remains one of their most beloved rap albums to this day.
Though this album is short at just over 48 minutes, it packs more meaning than its predecessors. Pos and Dove address more serious topics than ever before on tracks like "3 Days Later" and "Area."
De La Soul's first six albums -- 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump and AOI: Bionix -- are finally available on streaming platforms. Fans of the Long Island power trio who have long been denied access to streaming sites can celebrate this moment of triumph today!
The group has long been frustrated with the way music distribution works, noting that streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music often pay artists less than a fraction of what physical formats such as vinyl, CDs and cassettes generate in royalties. This system appears to be heavily biased towards artists while doing little to enhance social awareness surrounding music itself.
De La Soul has remained strong despite these obstacles, and their work still resonates 25 years later. While other rap groups have given in and become irrelevant in the industry, De La Soul's longevity has cemented them as one of hip-hop's iconic figures.
Stakes Is High is De La Soul's first album without Prince Paul and it marks their most lyrically-focused effort yet. Additionally, this marks De La's most important and creative period as a unit; one in which they take more control of their own art direction which indicates an evolution in their outlook and philosophy.
De La Soul fans can rejoice, as their first six albums - 3 Feet High and Rising; 1991's De La Soul Is Dead; 1993's Buhloone Mindstate; 1996's Stakes Is High; 2000's Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump; and 2001's AOI: Bionix - are finally available to stream on major streaming services. Originally released through Tommy Boy Records, De La's early releases had been unavailable on major streaming services for years due to the large number of samples used in each song.
De La has finally overcome the legal difficulties surrounding these samples, enabling their classic albums to be streamed on all major streaming platforms. They have collaborated with Universal Music Group in order to make this possible.
The tracklist for this album includes some classic favorites from Native Tongues' extensive catalog. "The Magic Number" from 3 Feet High and Rising captures listeners' attention with its reworked sample from Lou Rawls' "Foolin' Around," featuring guest appearances by Maceo Parker on saxophone.
Mosaic Thump's majority of tracks are upbeat hip-hop jams, featuring Posdnuos, Dave (formerly Trugoy) and Maseo putting their talents to use in an upbeat manner. Sometimes collaborating with outside beat creators such as Jay Dee or Rockwilder, these songs boast tight, party-ready beats that could have been made at any point during the band's career.
For the first time ever, De La Soul's iconic first six albums can be streamed online. After years of legal battles, Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer, David "Trugoy" Jolicoeur and Vincent "Maseo" Lamont Mason Jr have finally managed to secure releases off of Tommy Boy Records after years of legal disputes.
De La Soul is a New York-based hip-hop trio formed during high school. Their first album 3 Feet High and Rising has become one of the iconic rap albums in history, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.
However, despite their success and widespread recognition, the band has faced legal issues surrounding copyright, trademarks and piracy. Recently, they have not been able to profit from their work due to ongoing battles with record label Tommy Boy.
To address these concerns, the trio has explored more experimental music and explored their jazzy roots. On AOI: Bionix, they continue this exploration while pushing boundaries of their label.
The album focusses more on social commentary and skits than its predecessor, Mosaic Thump. As such, the tracklist offers a blend of comedy and seriousness. There are also guest appearances from Supa Dave West (who produced 6 of the 18 songs), J.Dilla, Devin the Dude and B-Real to further add to its atmosphere.