60 minutes proving De La Soul is one of hip-hop’s greats—but its legacy is in danger

De La Soul is one of the most culturally significant and musically influential hip-hop groups from the late ’80s and ’90s, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the current digital realm of music that actually gets listened to. That’s because, by and large, De La Soul isn’t there. Thanks to a messy thicket of legal…

This oral history of the Judgment Night soundtrack doubles as a history of rap-rock

Stephen Hopkins’ Judgement Night is a decent enough action-noir, but more people remember the soundtrack than they actually do the movie itself, which was shuffled out of theaters quickly due to poor box office return and a well-publicized shooting that unfolded during a screening. A new oral history of the soundtrack…

What are you listening to this week? 

I accidentally destroyed my phone during a run yesterday, so I called my old iPod up from the reserves. It’s a modified 300-gig monster that I still update, even though I rarely use it. Scrolling takes forever, so I stopped in the Ds for De La Soul’s classic 3 Feet High And Rising. It’s been a minute since I’ve heard…

And The Anonymous Nobody… is De La Soul’s long-awaited but inspired return

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De La Soul’s contributions to hip-hop over the past three decades are mighty, but the Long Island trio has often been challenged by its own creativity. In an era where music is becoming increasingly accessible, De La’s catalogue has been noticeably absent from iTunes, Spotify, and other free and subscription-based…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Get Involved, Internet: Help Kickstart De La Soul’s new record

De La Soul is using Kickstarter to fund a new record. The legendary hip-hop trio is trying to raise $110,000 for its eighth LP, its first since 2004’s The Grind Date. While the album isn’t recorded yet, the group says it’ll feature appearances from Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon. The record…