De La Soul’s Entire Catalogue Is Available for FREE…

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De La Soul’s music is notoriously difficult to get ahold of digitally. Much of this is due to the group’s use of unauthorized samples, which has been keeping their releases off of iTunes.

De La Soul have temporarily solved this problem by offering their entire catalogue for free on their website. They are doing this to honor the 25th anniversary of the release of their first album. Their releases will be available until Saturday, February 15th at 12 PM PST.

Group member Posdnuos told 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.”

De La Soul will soon be releasing new songs — a new album title You’re Welcome will be released in the near future. They will also release an EP, Preemium Soul on the Rocks, next month.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    “De La Soul’s Entire Catalogue Is Available for FREE”

    Of course — they can’t sell music they don’t own. Typical Nina Nonsense…

  2. JTVDigital

    Ok I must have missed something….
    Their songs were released on physical records, right? (I’m sure I still have a couple of De La Soul CDs somewhere).
    Releasing music containing samples on a CD or on iTunes or other digital store is exactly the same.
    Does that mean the samples were not cleared at the time these songs were physically released?
    This is the record label / releasing entity’s job to clear the samples.
    If you sign a band whose music contains samples, you perfectly know you have to get these cleared BEFORE any commercial release (unless you want to be sued by right owners of the original masters).
    So why is the problem of these so-called unauthorized samples appearing only now?

    • Seth Keller

      Hi JTVDigital:

      I don’t know the actual circumstances surrounding De La Soul’s recordings but since their biggest albums were released in the 80s, it’s possible that those samples were never properly cleared. Sampling on pop records didn’t become popular until the late 80s and the laws and protocol surrounding what was legal and how to properly clear sampled recordings and re-records were still evolving at that time.

      There are several high profile examples of hit pop songs and albums from that time period with samples or re-records that weren’t properly cleared or which were disputed by copyright owners of the sampled or re-recorded compositions or masters. They include “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer, The Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” album, and I believe Rob Bass’ “It Takes Two.”

      It’s quite possible that since an album like “3 Feet High and Rising” is littered with samples big and small that they weren’t all cleared and are still being disputed today.

      • JTVDigital

        Thanks, yes you are right.
        I am just surprised their record label never managed to clear those samples.