De La Soul haven't had a studio album out in 11 years. They are in the process of putting their next one out and we, the fans, are being counted on to make this happen.
Are you aware of Kickstarter? It is a global crowdfunding platform and those "who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one of a kind experiences in exchange for their pledges".
In the case of the De La album these rewards can be anything from a $5 offering which gives you an email from the group extending their thanks right up to going into the studio, listening to the album and recording a skit to be included for a princely sum of $7500.
Not only that but this is where it gets even more interesting. Over the past three years the crew have been recording a host of talented musicians jamming in a studio and have amassed over 200+ hours of music. From this they intend to sample whatever they like and this will be the basis of their album.
It's genius. It means they are free to use whatever they like without being reprimanded - just like the days of 3 Feet High And Rising!
"Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case "sample," have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the “sample police.”
Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn’t done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we're going to sample ourselves.
Here’s the interesting part. 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.” What we've done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from."
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