De La Soul To Release First Album In 12 Years
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:09:17
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De La Soul will be releasing its first album in 12 years, And The Anonymous Nobody. Funded by fans through Kickstarter, the album will feature songs with Snoop Dogg, Usher, and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). Other guests include Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, 2 Chainz, and the always-reliable Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne. This will be the trio's first album since 2004's The Grind Date.
According to Rolling Stone, Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer said this about Byrne's involvement: "We were going through a bunch of stuff. Just putting stuff in what was gonna be called the trash file. And so I made I point, 'Look at this song here, we can't rhyme with this. This sound like something Talking Heads would be on,' and it was like, DINNNNG! Wait a minute, what if we got David Byrne to do this track?"
"He just did this amazing just humming and scatting over the beat. He said, 'I don't have the words yet but this is what I hear … Tell me what you think.' He's asking me for my opinions?! I'm like, 'You're fucking David Byrne! You shit on the track it's good!"
About the group's forthcoming eighth album and first in 12 years, Posdnous went on to say: "I don't want to sit here and say it's another 3 Feet High and Rising, I would never say that. But that element of not knowing what you're doing, like, it felt like 3 Feet High and Rising. Like, we walked in, we didn't know the rules."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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