De La Soul Makes ALL of their Music Available for Free
De La Soul is giving away their entire catalog for free today, February 14th in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of their game-changing debut 3 Feet High & Rising next month. The music will be downloadable at the group’s official site wearedelasoul.com for a brief 25-hour window starting at 11am EST (and ending Saturday at 12 noon).
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Posdnuos revealed: (story continues below)
“It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. Its been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”
UPDATE 2/15/14: There were some problems with the initial download and some fans out there did not get an email link. Go to our twitter page for a link that was sent to us that we have posted.
De La Soul has found getting the legal go-ahead to release their work on digital platforms like iTunes nearly impossible. It has proved difficult due to the heavy use of samples in their music. During the early days of hip hop, artists gave little thought to getting licensing permission through sampling. Therefore De La Soul, having sold 25 million physical albums (on vinyl records, cassettes, and CDs) over the years, just decided to give away their music for free.
This classic is available.