Its been nearly 12 years since the last De La Soul album, this new album is a masterpiece and could be their best yet.
So nearly 12 years since the last De La Soul long player, the New York trio return with one of their best albums to date. The crowd funded ‘Anonymous Nobody’ dropped over ten days ago now and this is a masterpiece.
At a time in HipHop when people are seriously saying that in ten years time, there may not even be any hiphop music being made. Its great that the New York trio have returned to show that although big club anthems, cheesy lyrics and money glamourising sells millions to the masses. De La Soul seem to have managed to bridge the gap between the two worlds. Giving us a mixture of commercial, soulful, underground and overall an awesome project.
I am sure that everyone who helped fund this project will be more than happy with the results here. Arguably one of the biggest line ups of guest spots on any De La Soul project to date instantly gets our attention. Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pete Rock, Estelle, 2 Chains, Little Dragon and even Justin from the Darkness pop up on the guest spots.
In 2016 when most albums are usually built around 2 or 3 big singles then 8 tracks of filler. Its almost hard to believe that this is an album that is 17 tracks long with every single track close to perfection. This is truly an album that you can listen to from start to finish without having to press skip once. All the tracks were recorded with live instruments and you can not only hear it you can feel the music.
Every single track here is worthy of a lead single. Musically this album covers a broad spectrum of sounds from mellow laid back jazz vibes, through to soul, classic boombap, west coast G funk and even some production that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Jay Z album.
Seriously this is without a doubt a masterpiece, i don’t say that lightly either. De La Soul have pushed the boundaries here and have excelled in creating a flawless HipHop album that hits all the right notes. Whether you know about De La Soul from the 80s or you are just hearing about them now. Its true that legends never die, if you only buy one album this year, buy this.