Earlier this week, De La Soul released the first single of their Kickstarter-funded album, And The Anonymous Nobodies, called Pain. Back in 2015, the hip hop group took to the crowdfunding giant with a mission to raise only $110,000 for their new album. Within only hours of its launch, the initiative successfully secured its initial goal and by the end of its round raised over $600,000.
De La Soul member, Kelvin “Posdnous” Mercer, previously shared why the band decided to go with the crowdfunding route for the new album:
“We love the freedom. But with that freedom and trying to run this, there’s a lot of responsibility that goes into it. Because, you know, sometimes, you just wanna be, like, ‘Alright, look, but today I need to write. Yo, man. Like, we’ve been on the phone for two hours. I gotta go!’ If you take the time, and put on your big boy pants and realize if I just put in a little bit of work to get this to our fans and listeners who want to hear good music, they will be there. … You could either go into your minibar and pay $10 for the little Pringles or just walk right outside to the bodega and get it for a dollar.”
The group announced a couple months ago that they were going to delay the album’s launch until later this summer. And the Anonymous Nobody will be officially be released on August 26th. Since the campaign’s closing, the band has unveiled four track EP to backers (which includes songs that reportedly didn’t make the album).
Check out the song below.
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