Hip-hop ‘ s hippie faction may have distanced themselves from that moniker decades ago but the actions of revered group De La Soul says otherwise today when the Long Island trio, for 25 hours, will make available to fans their entire catalog free for download. How’s that for a Valentines Day gift?
The announcement was made yesterday on RollingStone.com a few weeks ahead of the group’s 25th Anniversary celebration of 3 Feet High and Rising, a seminal hip-hop album that introduced the world to a softer side of rap.
“It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it,” De La Soul member Posdnuos told the magazine. “It’s been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”
The group also revealed their plans for a new album, their first since 2004 as well as new music with deceased producer JDilla.
In a few weeks, they’ll post new songs to their site, with You’re Welcome, their first album since 2004’s The Grind Date, expected to be released before summer. Next month will also see the release of Preemium Soul on the Rocks, a six-song EP with three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock. The group is also planning a visit to Detroit to work on an unreleased beat from J Dilla, the prolific producer who passed away in 2006. “Dilla was the Tupac of producers,” says Posdnuos. “He has so many unreleased things that no one has heard. His family knows how vital and important an ingredient his music was to our work.”
Download via De La’s website.