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De La Soul to release back catalogue for free

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Feb 13, 2014 | 5:38pm EST

Hip-hop trio De La Soul are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album by releasing their entire music catalogue for free online. The Me, Myself and I hitmakers released their acclaimed record, 3 Feet High and Rising, in March 1989, and 25 years later, bandmembers Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos), David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove) and Vincent Mason (DJ Maseo) will be making all their tracks available for free download on their website for 25 hours beginning on Friday (14Feb14). De La Soul's discography has never been available to fans for online purchase. Mercer tells Rolling Stone, "It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. It's been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them." He adds, "It's been a trying journey. We've been blessed to be in the Library of Congress, but we can't even have our music on iTunes. We've been working very hard to get that solved." The trio is also planning to release additional songs via their website, their first new material since 2004 album The Grind Date.

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