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De La Soul Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Album


Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty ImagesDe La Soul has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the recording their eighth album, the group’s first since 2004’s The Grind Date.

The veteran rap group — consisting of Posdnous, Dave and Maseo — isseeking to raise $110,000 for the project, which will include contributions from 2 Chainz, an electronic music band Little Dragon, rocker and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and British rocker Damon Albarn. Fans who donate to the cause will receive various incentives including a dinner date with the band or even a studio session to record a personal skit for the album.

“Over the last three years, we’ve hired some of LA’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions,” the group explains. “We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous ‘sample police.'”

The trio has already raised more than $92,000 from more than 1,000 backers —  the set is expected in September.

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