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Soul School

After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.

"Dave came up with the first line, which is him singing, 'Hey, yo, wake up!' a cappella," Pos explains. "And then the beat comes in after 'up.' Every time I heard it, it would remind me of School Daze, when Laurence Fishburne is screaming 'Wake up!' at the end of the movie. So I just suggested to him it could be cool to have Spike Lee do an introduction and have him say, 'Yo, wake up!'"

On the cut, Jolicoeur issues his own wake-up call to those blinded by materialism and thug posturing: "I don't really care to see your tattoos there/I'd rather see you graduate the school year/Black folks, go put a book in your face."

Soul on a roll: Dave (from left), Mase and Posdnous 
are De La Soul.
Soul on a roll: Dave (from left), Mase and Posdnous are De La Soul.

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8 p.m. Monday, November 8, Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street, Boulder, $25, 303-443- 3399; with Butta Verses, 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 32 Bleu, 32 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, $25, 1-719-955- 5664

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"'Church' is a song that reminds me of a Stakes Is High type of vibe," Pos notes. "I know growing up in my home, the slang words 'Let's take 'em to church' means let's show them right, let's teach them right."

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