To accompany the release of the Kickstarter-funded ‘And The Anonymous Nobody…’ on August 26th, their first studio album since ‘The Grind Date’ in 2004, influential hip hop trio De La Soul also shared a 33-minute documentary titled: ‘We’re Still Here (now)… a documentary about nobody’.
Posted on their YouTube channel, the short film shows the making of ‘And The Anonymous Nobody…’ while extracts of the new record play in the background. It covers their initial plans for the album, their hopes and fears prior to launching the Kickstarter campaign, their meetings with distributors, work with various collaborators and mixing the album, as well as their experiences touring around the world, how they’ve lasted nearly three decades together and the role hip hop has played in their lives.
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Formed in high school in 1987, Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy (Dave Jolicoeur) and Maseo (Vincent Mason Jr.) soon came to the attention of producer Prince Paul of Stetsasonic who worked with them on their groundbreaking debut ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ in 1989, its maturer follow-up ‘De La Soul Is Dead’ in 1991 and the darker ‘Buhloone Mind State’ in 1993. They would depart from Prince Paul on ‘Stakes Is High’, their 1996 commentary on the state of hip hop, while continuing to push their sound in new directions.
‘And The Anonymous Nobody…’ is their eighth studio album, with the Kickstarter campaign bringing in over five times more than the initial $110,000 they were hoping to raise for the project. In order to avoid the types of issues that have arisen in the past from sample usage, De La Soul produced their latest album using over 200 hours of recordings made with a live band to create their own catalogue of sounds. Its 17-tracks include contributions from Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Pete Rock, Usher and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, among others.
As a thank you to fans for raising the money, De La Soul released ‘For Your Pain and Suffering’ a four track EP.
This De La Soul article was written by Daniel Kirby, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.