From the guardian.com:
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 Souls official site will be able to legally download the groups complete discography, according to Rolling Stone. Its 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 Souls 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 cant even have our music on iTunes, Posdnuos revealed. While the groups labels are still trying to clear the material for future sale, its 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.
Besides celebrating the quarter-century since De La Souls debut, 3 Feet High, todays giveaway is also a promotion for the trios new work. Youre Welcome, their first LP in a decade, is due out before summer, and in the meantime they are releasing the six-song EP Preemium Soul on the Rocks. The title is a riff on the EPs producers, DJ Premier and Pete Rock.
Were just getting in the mode of constantly giving people new music, Posdnuos said. Were our own worst critics … Certain groups have too many yes men. In our group, we have too many no men. If Youre Welcome does finally make it into the world, the group are already working on the follow-up. Wooo, I wish I could talk about it, he said. Weve sat a long time without releasing an album. Its high time we start releasing a bunch of stuff because its there.
In addition to their hit collaborations with Gorillaz, De La Soul have sold more than 25m of their own albums. Upon its release in 1989, 3 Feet High and Rising reached No 13.