De La Soul Is Celebrating Their 25th Year By Giving Away Their Catalog For Free, For 25 Hours
In just over two weeks, De La Soul’s groundbreaking debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising turns 25 years old. The first time Heads heard Posdnous, Trugoy, and DJ Maseo has already turned a quarter century old, as has the shapeshifting production from Prince Paul, and all the colorful artwork, three-sided singles, and amazing videos that kicked off the D.A.I.S.Y. Age.
In the years that followed, De La has released five more albums with Tommy Boy Records, a one-off with Beyonce’s father (The Grind Date), a project with Nike, a self-proclaimed (and self-released) bootleg, and a spin-off that we can’t quite consider a De La LP.
Throughout that time, the trio from Long Island, New York has seemingly shunned going digital. While De La Soul has found plenty of success in the web era, through work with the Gorillaz, Twitter, and nonstop touring, the group and their former labels have never been big on releasing music and video content to places like Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora—with few exceptions.
In the most exciting sneak attack since Beyonce’s LP in December, De La announced, via Rolling Stone, that they’re giving away their entire catalog for 25 hours, beginning tomorrow (2/14) at their WeAreDeLaSoul.com website (11 am to 12pm on Saturday).
3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
De La Soul is Dead (1991)
Buhloone Mindstate (1993)
Stakes Is High (1996)
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000)
AOI: Bionix (2001)
De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics (2004)
The Grind Date (2004)
The Impossible: Mission TV Series – Pt. 1 (2006)
Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run (2009)
And possibly more?
This is probably a better Valentines Day gift than you’re giving or getting. What’s more, the group told RS that an EP is on the way, with three joints produced by Pete Rock, and three produced by DJ Premier.