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By Ben Freedman
Dave (aka Trugoy the Dove) from hip-hop pioneers De La Soul sat down with The Gazette to answer 12 questions.
1) Your songs contain a lot of references to women as more than just pieces of meat. What kind of women does De La love?
There is definitely a type. They love to experience, explode, experiment, explore, endure.
2) Are the old days of hip-hop the glory days or the glorified days?
Glory days there is no question.
3) Do you think that De La's been affected [by the mainstream]?
Of course, but not much. We sacrificed something for widespread fan appeal, but not integrity.
4) All right, then when was it deflowered in your eyes?
Give me a second and I'll put a year on it in 1992. In 1992 hip-hop began to lose its innocence. They forgot that it was supposed to be a wild party, not moral nonsense and even more amoral nonsense.
5) Why is the best shit underground?
The best groups have songs that will never surface. Without the play, no one knows. Don't misunderstand, though. There's some wicked shit on the radio.
6) Is rap a genuine family?
It's a family, a really dysfunctional one. In order to be a part of the family, you have to be rich. We all own Bentley's. It's high society; there are definite classes and that's corrupt.
7) You threatened to quit hip-hop if your album Stakes is High failed. Many say your new record
AOI reflects the evolutionary feel of your debut record, 3 Feet High and Rising. Was that a conscious effort on your part?
It's partly true. Stakes is High gave us some new fans. The first installment of
AOI felt like a brand new start for us. The vibe is innocent and free. We just made songs.
8) So you have no theme for AOI? What prompted that decision?
It just felt good to create music. There was definite theme for
Stakes is High. The freedom of AOI became very similar to the freedom we experienced with 3 Feet High and Rising.
9) If freedom is paramount, which takes precedence in your eyes, rocking the party or social responsibility?
Responsibility, but that's just De La. Not even because we have kids or because we're older, we've been that way since we created De La. It's morally driven and there's a responsibility.
10) Are people naturally good?
All of us are inherently good. We begin as good people and pick up bad habits. You hang with people who put money in a beggar's hat or make a point of not cursing around children and the elderly; you can begin to recognize right from wrong. If you learn good, you know good. Then it's just a decision.
11) You preach conscious hip-hop. What role does religion play in your music?
Religion can play a role, but we're all human beings. We can make our minds up and choose.
12) How does the world end?
With two sides: people who never figured it out and people who saw it coming. Right and good stares you in the face. We are put on earth to go for a course and a test. We learn, but we are always tested.