De La Soul have just released a brand new song titled “The People.” The track features Chuck D, and has been made available as a free download on the group’s website. De La Soul have also made available some new merchandise, some of the proceeds of which will be donated to I Love Ferguson, which provides aid to business owners who have incurred losses or damages as a result of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., as well as All Star Code, which helps young African-Americans learn computer programming.
De La Soul’s Trugoy spoke to Rolling Stone about the new track, and the other new music they’ve been working on. “The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths…the experiences, trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race and individuals….Originally ‘The People’ was supposed to drop in June, around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires,” Trugoy tells Rolling Stone. “Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally, the Ferguson tragedy took place and now the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.”
Listen to the De La Soul “The People” stream below.
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