De La Soul to give away their entire discography for free for 25 hours
Hip Hop group De La Soul has decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary by giving away their entire catalog for free.
The legendary trio that debuted 25-years ago with their highly acclaimed '3 Feet High and Rising' album, will allow their music to be downloaded for free, for just 25 hours from their website - www.wearedelasoul.com - starting today February 14th at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday at noon.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Posdnuos explained the reason behind the move:
“It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. 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.”
This will be an occasion for younger fans to get the chance to listen to De La Soul’s many classic releases, which have not made it on to mainstream purchasing platforms, due to densely-layered sample issues.
“It’s been a trying journey,” continued Posdnuous. “We’ve been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can’t even have our music on iTunes. We’ve been working very hard to get that solved.”
Their music catalog contains these albums: 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, Art Official Intelligence: Bionix and The Grind Date.
The group will be soon releasing a six-song EP titled 'Preemium Soul on the Rock', that features beats from legends DJ premier and Pete Rock, a planned trip to Detroit to work on an rare, unreleased beat from the late, J Dilla, which should finally pave the way for 'You’re Welcome', which would be the band’s first full-length album since The Grind Date in 2004.
“[It's] coming along amazingly. We have tons of music, but we’re our own worst critics…Certain groups have too many ‘yes men.’ In our group, we have too many ‘no men.’ When we look back on some of the stuff we have, we’re like, ‘Yo, we need to just put this out.’ The album is still called You’re Welcome, but we also have this whole other album that we’re working on that… Wooo, I wish I could talk about it.”
So if you are looking for some incredibly authentic hip hop music, be sure to check out De La Soul’s website.