“De La Soul want you to have all of their music for free. The American hip-hop group are celebrating their 25th anniversary by making their “entire catalogue” available, at no cost, on their website.
Starting today at 11am EST and continuing for 25 hours, visitors to De La Soul’s official site will be able to legally download the group’s complete discography, according to Rolling Stone. “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 explained. “This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”
Most of De La Soul’s seven studio albums are hard to find on digital platforms: as hip-hop pioneers, their early records are filled with samples, making them difficult to license. “We can’t even have our music on iTunes,” Posdnuos revealed. While the group’s labels are still trying to clear the material for future sale, “it’s been a trying journey”, he said. Bizarrely, a brief online free-for-all seems the best way to get their songs into some fans’ hands.”
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