Update 2: The Kickstarter has now closed with over $600,000 donated, almost a half a million dollars more than what the band asked for.

Update: The Kickstarter has already raised $353,282, three times the intended goal, with 25 days to go.


The Native Tongues legends prep their first new album in more than a decade.

Hip-hop originals De La Soul re-emerged last year, dropping a Dilla-sampling mixtape and releasing their entire back catalog for free.

Their creativity reignited, the trio have begun work on their first new album since 2004’s The Grind Date. As is becoming de rigueur for this type of release, De La have taken to Kickstarter to fund the project.

Intriguingly, the group plans to sample themselves, whittling down three years of “free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions” with L.A. studio musicians into the sample bed for the album. They write:

“We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous “sample police.”

“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. That’s what we’ve always wanted most, that’s what we’ve always believed in, that’s what we’ve fought for, and that’s why we’re doing this Kickstarter with you.”

In addition, De La are collaborating with David Byrne, Damon Albarn, 2 Chainz and Little Dragon, with more planned. Head to Kickstarter for more details, including the perks, which range from LPs and USB drives to platinum plaques and studio time with the group.

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