This De La Soul article was written by Adam Skirving, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
De La Soul have announced their first album in 12 years, ‘And the Anonymous Nobody’. The record is set for release in April of this year through the group’s own AOI imprint, with Kobalt handling the physical and digital distribution aspect.
It is the hip-hop trio’s first official full-length release since 2004’s ‘The Grind Date’, and marks their eighth studio album.
The album was funded by a Kickstarter project, and as reported by Rolling Stone, is the first time the revenue needed to record an album has been successfully sourced by a major rap group through crowd-funding methods.
Recorded with a live band Los Angeles’ Rhythm Roots All-Stars, the record was then “manipulated” with producer Dave West. The record features a host of collaborations, with features from Damon Albarn, Pete Rock, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Estelle, Roc Marciano, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness,2 Chainz and Usher.
De La Soul is made up of rappers Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo, who began the group in Long Island, New York in 1987. They released 7 official studio albums from 1989-2004.
In March 2015, the Kickstarter campaign to fund ‘And The Anonymous Nobody’ raised the required $110,000 hours after it began, eventually achieving a donation total of $600,000.
De La Soul previously released a non-album collaboration with NAS ‘God It’ through Soundcloud, with the message: “While busy at work, we also like to play! This song is not from the new album, but an indication of the good music to come… Just a little appetizer until we complete the main course. You may recognize our featured guest. Enjoy.”
‘And The Anonymous Nobody’ is due for release April, via AOI