To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut record 3 Feet High and Rising, the iconic trio, De La Soul, is making their entire discography available for free download for 25 hours. Fans can download all seven studio albums, several mixtapes and EPs, a live album, an assortment of compilations, and more. It began at 11 a.m. EST yesterday and runs through today at noon.
…allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. Its been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them. – Posdnuos to Rolling Stone
Because of issues with clearing samples, frequent label changes, and issues with contracts, much of their discography doesn’t appear on iTunes or streaming services like Spotify or Pandora. “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.”
Next week, they’ll begin releasing singles in the lead up to this summer’s You’re Welcome, their first full-length since 2004. If that wasn’t enough, in March, they’ll unveil Preemium Soul on the Rocks, a six-song EP featuring production from DJ Premier and Pete Rock.
The download is available on the band’s official website.