The Nokia Urban Music Festival

De La Soul, Kano, Common, Estelle, and Lady Sovereign performed on stage at The Nokia Urban Music Festival With The Prince’s Trust at Earl’s Court on Saturday (April 16) in London, England. The UK’s largest urban music event, hosted by the Prince of Wales’ royal charity, featured a host of credible names in hip hop and R&B from the UK and US alongside workshops in break-dancing, MCing, beatboxing, music production, DJ skills and an Artist Advice workshop for breaking new acts. Check out pictures from GettyImages (show / backstage).

Impressive ‘Date’

Darryl Sterdan of The Winnipeg Sun reviewed De La Soul’s latest effort ‘The Grind Date’, giving it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Sterdan writes, “Sure, it’s basically a stopgap release to get back in the game and thumb their nose at their old label — but unless ‘The Grind Date’ is a fluke, the De Las could benefit from a little more pressure a little more often.”

Fifteen Years Later, De La Soul Is Still Making Positive Music

Pos of De La Soul spoke with Jeff Inman of Las Vegas City Life about the band’s positive message, which hasn’t led to huge album sales but has allowed them to reach people in a way most rappers never have. “I know we’ve made a difference,” he says. “We’ve had people come up to us and say that we put another aspect in their life or that ‘Stakes Is High’ [De La’s thematic fourth album] put them in a different place. So many people have done that, and not just after shows. They come up to us when we’re out walking with our kids and say something like, ‘Hey, I don’t want to bother you, but this song or that album really got me through something.’ That’s something.” The full story at lasvegascitylife.com has since been removed.

On TV: Mase, De La Soul, Petey Pablo

Rappers on television this week include Eve, who appears on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Monday; Mase, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday; De La Soul, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Friday; and Petey Pablo, who performs with Ciara on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday.

Kweli & De La Out 9/28

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Both Talib Kweli and De La Soul will release albums on September 28th. Kweli’s ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ album will the Brooklyn emcees second solo project and features guest appearances from Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, and more. De La Soul’s eighth album ‘The Grind Date’ will feature a Madlib produced lead single.

De La Soul Is Back On The Grind After Three Years

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After being quiet for three years, De La Soul is back on The Grind. The hip-hop trio is preparing to put out their first album in three years under Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles’ Sanctuary Urban Records Group. The album titled ‘The Grind Date’ will be the label’s first release– launching the beginning of it’s march into hip-hop. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.

Event Coverage: 2003 Central Park’s Summer Stage

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BallerStatus.net was in attendance for 2003 Central Park’s Summer Stage in New York. It was HipHop Weekend in Central Park and the performances are set for SummerStage 2003. It is an annual event that takes place on various weekends throughout the summer. Of course, it is both free and inside of Central Park. On the Saturday in question, there are four performances set. Performances by Davey D, Breakastra, K-os & De La Soul.

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