*In honor of next month’s 25th anniversary of their debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” De La Soul is making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group’s website, reports Rolling Stone.
The download bonanza will begin today, February 14th at 11 a.m. EST and end Saturday at noon.
The move was driven in part by copyright law, which, because of the group’s use of samples, prevented sale of some their albums on iTunes.
“It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it,” De La Soul member Posdnuos told Rolling Stone. “It’s been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”
“It’s been a trying journey. We’ve been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can’t even have our music on iTunes,” he added. “We’ve been working very hard to get that solved.”
All seven of De La Soul’s studio albums will be released, plus a live album and several EPs. And the group plans to release their eighth album, “You’re Welcome,” by this summer.
Next month will also see the release of “Premium Soul on the Rocks,” a six-song EP with three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock. The group is also planning a visit to Detroit to work on an unreleased beat from J Dilla, the prolific producer who passed away in 2006. “Dilla was the Tupac of producers,” says Posdnuos. “He has so many unreleased things that no one has heard. His family knows how vital and important an ingredient his music was to our work.”
Asked about the status of You’re Welcome, an album originally scheduled for release last year, Posdnuos says that it’s “coming along amazingly,” but points to self-criticism in its delay.
“We have tons of music, but we’re our own worst critics,” admits the rapper. “Certain groups have too many ‘yes men.’ In our group, we have too many ‘no men.’ When we look back on some of the stuff we have, we’re like, ‘Yo, we need to just put this out.’ The album is still called You’re Welcome, but we also have this whole other album that we’re working on that…Wooo, I wish I could talk about it.”