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Respect Festival / De La Soul, Victoria Park, London

Soul searching down at the park

Pop: Flavor takes the rap

PUBLIC ENEMY THE FORUM, LONDON

Going Out: Pop Beastie Boys

After the wild success of their debut Licenced To Ill album in 1986, Messrs Horowitz, Diamond and Yauch started this decade almost back at square one after the 1989 follow-up Paul's Boutique had bombed (though with hindsight many revisionist critics have declared it magnificent). The comeback started with 1992's punkier Check Your Head and some back- to-basics touring. Since then they've rarely put a foot wrong: they've got their own label, clothing concern and magazine and are once again a solid arena-filling outfit. Expect much of the set from last year's eclectic Hello Nasty album with a big plug for the tough sounding "Remote Control", their next single, released 10 May.

Pop: So phar, so good

THE PHARCYDE JAZZ CAFe LONDON

Music: Black apocalypse

The end of the world is nigh, say the superstars of hip hop - but not for everyone. The Five Per Cent Nation will survive. How do we know? Just listen between the lines.

Eight Of The Best: lip glosses

Romance Lip Balm, pounds 4.95, Crabtree & Evelyn (mail order 01235 862244)

Pop: Disappointing proof of the power of the remix

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Pop: Put a spell on me

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Pop music: Shout, shout, let it all out

Review: THE BEASTIE BOYS BRIXTON ACADEMY LONDON

Pop: Rap's coming home

DE LA SOUL JAZZ CAFe LONDON

Rap you could take your mother to see

First Night: De La Soul Jazz Cafe London

Joker in the pack

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