De La Soul’s Maseo Controls The Soul With An Amazing Free-Form Live DJ Set (Mix)

Listening to De La Soul is so much sweeter when you catch all the references—whether it’s a sample, a vocal reworking, or a reference. Even when you don’t know the specifics, it’s usually worth seeking out the sources behind the music that’s made by the legendary Long Island, New York trio.

Although he only selectively uses his mic, Maseo is a genius behind the boards, behind the turntables, and behind the force that is De La. Vincent Mason (father of St. Louis Rams’ Tre Mason) recently played a show at the Copa last month. Lucky for the Hip-Hop Heads, somebody recorded it. In more than an hour, listeners can hear Mase cut, mix, and blend his way through Jay Z, The Association, Public Enemy, The Roots, Marvin Gaye, De La Soul, The Notorious B.I.G., Jungle Brothers, George Benson, Teena Marie, Hall & Oates, and James Brown—and that’s just some of it!

Maseo does not just play records. This mix features lots of true sound-selector additions, as the Brooklyn-born faction of the crew also shows that when he finds a certain groove, he’ll gladly stay with an artist for a few cuts. ’60s blue-eyed Soul, ’90s Hip-Hop, ’80s R&B, and 1990s Rap are prominent in this mix that will inevitably please fans of one type of music or another.


Related: Check Out This Mix Of De La Soul Samples That Has Even Maseo’s Head Nodding