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By now, hopefully everyone has heard the news. Just a few hours ago, the mighty De La Soul began offering up their catalog of music (minus The Grind Date ) for free for 24 hours (Friday, February 14th at 11 AM EST to Saturday, February 15 at 12 PM noon), all for an exchange of your email address.
The gracious move helps celebrate next month’s 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising , but it’s also a result of the group’s inability to get their music available online due to pesky sample clearances, record label personnel changes, and contractual stipulations.
"It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it," Posdnuos told Rolling Stone . "We've been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can't even have our music on iTunes. We've been working very hard to get that solved. 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."
In other good news, expect more new music from De La, including the album You're Welcome , slated to drop later this year, as well as an EP called Preemium Soul on the Rocks , with three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock , and they also plan on recording a track over an unreleased Dilla beat.
Go to We Are De La Soul now to download music.
NOTE: As you can imagine a lot of people are visiting the site, so the traffic must be crazy.
[Via Rolling Stone ]
Audio Letter Read by Dave.
To: Our friends and fans
We want to thank you all for making our Valentine's Day extra special this year! The love was tremendous. The kind words made sharing feel worth it, (more than ever) thank you! For any difficulty or delay in the process, we send our sincere apology. Damn! It was crazy, but nonetheless, a success. You guys showed up, and even with the minor delays you were patient and handled it like champs. Your support definitely helped turn the volume up... "This is still the Daisy Age" If you signed up and have not yet received your links, don’t worry you WILL get them. Our team is working hard to make sure that no one is left out. You're Welcome. Much love y'all, Pos, Dave & Mase Legalize The Daisy Age!