Influential Hip-Hop group De La Soul has not released any official new material as the original trio since 2004′s The Grind Date album. Pos, Dave, and Maseo are now ready to return to recording, and they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as group this year by releasing a new song every month.
Rolling Stone is reporting that the first single, entitled “Get Away (feat. the spirit of Wu-Tang),” will be dropping next week. They already shot a video for the song in March which includes a sample of a skit from the Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever album from 1997.
According to Maseo, “Get Away” will be addressing what he sees as a lack of creativity in Hip-Hop today.
“I think it’s a great record to reintroduce ourselves with,” Maseo told Rolling Stone. “It’s pretty much reflecting on the state of Hip-Hop at this moment. Everything is redundant. Everything sounds the same. No real lyrical content. Everybody’s just doing business, not really creating.”
While the New York-based group’s monthly single release is a go, De La is not in a rush to present their next album You‘re Welcome just yet.
“I think putting out those singles would be more impressionable than dropping an album at this present day in music,” said Maseo. “It’s about trying to just creatively have a bunch of songs in the stable. You have to consider a lot from the administrative standpoint in the release of a project.”
With a discography that already includes the Hip-Hop classics 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, and Stakes Is High, whenever the Native Tongues collective members decide to produce a full length project there will sure to be plenty of fanfare in the Hip-Hop community.