Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Maseo of De La Soul will set up their turntables at the Stage Friday for a DJ duel. The two titans of old-school hip-hop have been scratching together on a tour that included Muhammad's 43rd birthday celebration at a Brooklyn club last week.
After ATCQ disbanded in the late 1990s, following the release of five critically acclaimed albums, Muhammad released "Shaheedullah and Stereotypes" in 2004. The album maintained his former group's heavy use of funk samples and socially conscious lyrics, but Muhammad rapped about his Muslim faith and family relationships.
Today, he co-hosts the online hip-hop radio series "Microphone Check" for NPR Music. It's a stream of classics of the genre, but new, hot names such as Danny Brown and J. Cole are present in the lineup.
But Friday night, Muhammad and Maseo will take it back to the days of the Native Tongues collective: the group of Afrocentric hip-hop artists De La Soul and ATCQ belonged to in the late 1980s and 1990s. The two have been pleasing die-hard audiences on this tour by spinning hits off Tribe's "Midnight Marauders" and De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising."
Those tracks will be introduced by local DJs Heron and Self Born. If you can't make it to the show, watch a live stream on UniverseMiami.com.
The Stage is located at 170 NE 38th St., in Miami. Tickets cost $20 at TheStageMiami.com. The bar will serve free Remy Martin samples during the show.