In case you didn't hear, De La Soul is giving away their back catalog for free right now. But it's only for 24 hours. It’s their way of saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day, world!” The music will be up for 25 hours on their site in honor of their 25 years as a band, which means you have more than enough time to make this Valentine’s Day special.
“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 tells Rolling Stone. “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 same things that made '3 Feet High' and other De La Soul albums so influential — its creative, if not fully licensed, use of a myriad of samples — has also prevented the group’s work from appearing on many digital platforms. “It’s been a trying journey,” admits Posdnuos. “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.” The rapper points to frequent personnel changes at record labels and hazy language in early contracts that have led to long delays in properly clearing the group’s catalog.
The release of the group’s catalog is the first of numerous upcoming projects. In a few weeks, they’ll post new songs to their site, with ‘You’re Welcome,’ their first album since 2004 and is expected to be released before this summer. Next month will also see the release of Premium 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.”
Grab their entire discography here, and stay tuned for more on the return of De La Soul.