De La Soul and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. have a new song that can be downloaded for free on the De La Soul website called “The People.”
“The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the track’s vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals. Lyrically Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. With Chuck on the track this is a dream come true for us.
Originally “The People” was suppose to drop in June around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally the Ferguson tragedy took place, and more recently 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.” – De La Soul
Proceeds from the merchandise sales will be donated to two organizations:
All Star Code is an organization that helps under served youth make their way into the tech industry. The group has been building, strategizing, and working with developers for the past year, and they understand the importance of education in tech. They do have a music tech company that they will be launching soon called Daisy (daisycollective.com). “It’s important that we have more people from our community and our culture involved in this space.” they explained. “We just want to do our part in making that happen and ultimately help build the future of music.”
I Love Ferguson is a organization that’s helping to rebuild the town of Ferguson, MO. De La Soul feels strong about helping and supporting the small businesses that have been affected in that area.