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De La Soul brings the music — and the video game throwdowns — to Insert Coin(s)

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Enjoy De La Soul when they come to town — just don’t challenge them to a game of Pac-Man. It’ll be ugly.
Photo: Peter Suh
Chris Bitonti

“Alright, after this is over I’ll take any y’all on in Pac-Man.” At any other bar in Las Vegas, that statement might raise eyebrows. But when Posdnuos of veteran hip-hop trio De La Soul challenged the full house at Insert Coin(s) last Wednesday, attendees cheered the proposition.

De La Soul’s throwback performance was the first of several promising shows scheduled at the Downtown geekster hot spot. Future acts might have to compete with Mario Kart and Street Fighter for their fans’ attention, but all such activity came to a halt when De La’s Pos, Dave and Maseo tooka the DJ booth-turned-stage.

The night turned out to be more guest appearance than full concert, but Insert Coin(s) partygoers didn’t seem to be complaining. De La Soul set up alongside DJ 88, who spun a slamming set of old-school anthems that lasted into the early morning hours. It was an enjoyable formula: rap a few De La Soul favorites, spin a handful of hits, rap a few more, etc.

And it proved to be a huge success. Sure, the venue could use an upgraded sound system and a dedicated performance stage to take its shows to the next level, but that won’t stop me from heading Downtown for more. If De La Soul comes back I’ll probably bring a date, though, because there’s just no cool way to sway solo to “Me Myself & I.”

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