De La Soul launch Kickstarter for new album set to feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz

The group will 'sample themselves' on their first album in 11 years

De La Soul have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new album.

The hip hop group’s eighth LP is set to feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz and Little Dragon. Pitchfork reports that they will begin recording next month, and are looking to raise $110,000 (£74,185).

The campaign page states: “This new album will incorporate elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock, Country Western and anything else we’re feeling in the moment.” It will be De La Soul’s first LP since 2004’s ‘The Grind Date’ and will feature samples from original recordings made by the group and session musicians in LA over the past three years. “What we’ve done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from. In our world, what we’ve created is freedom, freedom to make the art you believe in without having to compromise your vision,” write the group.


Last year De La Soul released a new song which featured a guest spot from Public Enemy‘s Chuck D. Listen to the track, called ‘The People’, by clicking below. Speaking about the song to Rolling Stone, De La Soul’s Trugoy commented: “Lyrically, Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. It’s a dream come true for us.”

He continued: “The track’s vibe was earnest and had a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences, trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race and individuals.”

In 2014 De La Soul also joined Damon Albarn onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a performance of the Gorillaz track ‘Feel Good Inc’. The three-piece group’s Vincent ‘Maseo’ Mason asked for silence in the hall before breaking into the wicked laugh that begins the track. After, he thanked “my brother and my friend Damon Albarn.”

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