De La Soul Confirm Pete Rock, Snoop Dogg, Usher, & Others As Upcoming Album Guests
UPDATE: In their latest update to funders of the upcoming album reportedly titled And The Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul has confirmed additional guests.
“We’ve recruited more amazing talents and we’re happy to announce that we now have Usher, Pete Rock, Roc Marciano, Estelle and Snoop Dogg on the album,” wrote the group on the page.
This news comes after reports (one year ago this month) that De La Soul would be doing a full mixtape project, produced by Pete Rock, along with DJ Premier. This would be the first time De La has released material with fellow Gorillaz/Plastic Beach collaborator Snoop Dogg. The same goes for Estelle, Usher, and fellow Long Island, New York native Roc Marci.
Here is the original July 23, 2015 post:
Since raising more than $600,000 towards their eighth studio album as a trio, De La Soul has been spending wisely. The Long Island, New York trio of Maseo, Posdnous, and Dave updated fans twice this week, via their Kickstarter page.
Yesterday (July 22), Plug 1 Pos posted a Kickstarter video of the group in the studio. Possibly, some of the album reportedly titled And The Anonymous Nobody is playing in the background, though no rapping can be heard. Dave playfully tells Pos to shut up as he begins, “We in the studio, gettin’ it right. There’s no poles and girls dancin’, just work.” The veteran MC added that a survey will soon go out to album funders.
One day later (July 23), De La Soul revealed that their eighth album is being mixed by Bob Power. The legendary studio engineer has worked with A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo. Notably, Power’s Hip-Hop beginnings came courtesy of Brooklyn, New York group Stetsasonic, which included De La mentor Prince Paul.
Previously, the group revealed that part of their desire to fund-raise the album was to use special analog recording facilities in Los Angeles, California. Featuring 2 Chainz, Damon Albarn, and David Byrne (The Talking Heads), the album is touted for 2015 release.