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Twenty-five years after the release of De La Soul’s debut album, Three Feet High and Rising, the group continues to impress all ilk of hip-hop fans. Deemed weirdos when they stepped onto the scene in 1989, the members of the Long Island trio were slightly ahead of the game; clever lyrics and masterful sampling from the group’s unofficial fourth member, Prince Paul, made the album an instant classic off the strength of favorites like “Me, Myself and I,” which borrows heavily from Funkadelic, and the posse cut “Buddy.” Members Posdnuos, Dave, and Maseo continued to evolve, exploring different sounds on each of their first five albums, most notably De La Soul Is Dead, which destroyed the “hippie” label that critics attached to them early on. These days, they’re seen as hip-hop pioneers. Three Feet High and Rising is now part of the National Recording Registry, and the group still produces a stellar live show. Their seamless transition from “Much More” to “Stakes Is High” live is something diehard hip-hop fans must see. Do it tonight. De La Soul performs with Dillon Cooper and DJ Zu at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $27.50–$55. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.