The Return of De La Soul

Published: Feb 13, 2014 23:15pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 13, 2014 @ 11:15pm EST


De La Soul represented the best that hip-hop had to offer back in the 90's. Before the genre was being taken over by hard core rap and over the top personalities, they were making good, solid music that sill holds up to this very day.


De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising was released in 1989. Most people may not remember them, but if their song "Me Myself and I" came on the radio, you would instantly remember the hip-hop classic. With other hits like “Say No Go” and “Magic Number,” 3 Feet High and Rising is easily regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. 

Their next two albums, De La Soul Is Dead and Buhloone Mindstate were also hip-hop masterpieces. They were responsible for producing hits like “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” and “Breakadawn.” A quick listen of any of these three albums will have you quickly noticing their influence on modern bands like The Black Eyed Peas.

Perhaps their biggest “hit,” if you want to call their hit, was the collaboration with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc." on the album Demon Days. It hit number one on the alternative charts and as high as fourteen on the Billboard Top 100. Even more impressive is that it won a 2006 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, the biggest achievement for either group.

Fast forward to 2014, and the group has announced that it will be releasing a new album called You're Welcome that will be available exclusively on their website To show appreciation for the fans and get the word out about their new album, from Friday, February 14th at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday at noon, they are making their entire catalog of music available for free.

De La Soul member Posdnuous told Rolling Stone, "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."

Whether or not you like hip-hop, this is one chance you cannot pass up to pick up some good, classic music for free. De La Soul may not be one of the biggest or more famous groups in the world, but their influence is spread far and wide thought music today. Spend a few minutes tomorrow and pick up their catalog. You'll get to enjoy some music from when music was made by actual "artists," not from "performers" like in today's music.


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