De La Soul gave away their catalogue of releases via their website on Valentine’s Day. These releases are difficult to legally get ahold of online. Due to heavy use of unauthorized samples a fair amount of their music hasn’t made it to iTunes.
Now it appears that the sample-heavy music they gave away for free was actually downloaded illegally. Recode looked at the music’s metadata and saw evidence pointing to Russian file sharing site Rappalata.
This doesn’t mean De La Soul directly downloaded the music themselves, but it appears that someone did the deed at some point in the digital files’ history.
This is all a little ironic.