Veteran hip-hop stars De La Soul are heading back to college - as speakers on black culture.

The TOYOTA-sponsored THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE tour, which will kick off next month (MAR05), will feature lectures and performances from the trio.

Rapper POS says, "We've wanted to do something like this for awhile. We're fans of hip-hop and to have the opportunity to talk to young people about what's so powerful in hip-hop is the coolest thing we could be doing."

The group are handing over all proceeds from the tour to found four scholarships with college kids can enter a competition to win by attending shows.

The performance part of the shows will also feature guests like A TRIBE CALLED QUEST star PHIFE DOG and Raphael Saadiq.

18/02/2005 19:21