De La Soul return with new album ‘and the Anonymous Nobody’


US hip-hop group De La Soul return in August with a brand new album and the Anonymous Nobody.

Still best known for the critical and commercial high of 1989’s 3 Feet High and Rising, the group raised funds for the new album through a Kickstarter campaign last year.

De La Soul reportedly spent the last few years recording more than 300 hours of live music (bossa nova, soul, hip-hop, funk, disco, reggae) to allow them the freedom to record another sample-based album without the pesky problem of the legalities of sample clearance, since they were effectively sampling themselves. Sounds promising…

The album was produced by De La Soul and Dave West, and features guest appearances include Snoop Dogg, Usher, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Jill Scott and more. It’s released on 26 August 2016. Listen to TrainWreck below.


1. Genesis (Intro)[feat. Jill Scott]
2. Royalty Capes
3. Pain (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4. Property Of Spitkicker.com (feat. Roc Marciano)
5. Memory Of… (feat. Estelle & Pete Rock)
7. Lord Intended (feat. Justin Hawkins)
8. Snoopies (Feat. David Bryne)
9. Greyhounds (feat. Usher)
10. Sexy Bitch
11. TrainWreck
12. Drawn (feat. Little Dragon)
13. Whoodeeni (feat. 2chainz)
14. Nosed Up
15. You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation)[Skit]
16. Here In After (feat. Damon Albarn)
17. Exodus (Outro)

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I am intrigued by this, but proper reissues of at least the first three records (the Prince Paul era) would be nice to see. 3 Feet High was reissued with a bonus disc sometime in the early aughts, but it seemed like the remastering was lacking.

Gary C

This kickstarter has been a fair old odyssey patience wise. After they dumped their entire catalogue online for free I kinda felt duty bound to sign up, only cost a tenner i think.


Oh dear not De La Soul all that slick hip hop I’m so clever but boring so called music…Please wake me up when the new OneRepublic album is released as that will be miles and miles better.

Paul H

I loved the Native Tongues, twenty five years and more flown by in the blink of an eye. I found all the De La Soul albums had something to offer…

Jon C

Being one of their Kickstarter donators, I’ve heard a few tracks and it’s well worth the wait. Glad to see them back. :)

O(+> Peter B

I’d love to see expanded reissues of their first 4 albums with all 12″ single versions and b-sides. I have a few of their 12″ singles and they’re really special, worth hearing. But not many classic hip-hop albums get that treatment, sadly.

O(+> Peter B

Actually, many great hip-hop 12″ versions from the golden era have been available digitally, which is a shame. It was a genre that really prized and took full advantage of the 12″ single format.