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As their UK tour gets un­der way, rap trio De La Soul ap­pear to be full of a new cre­ative con­fi­dence. Dun­can Sea­man re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - N/MUSIC -

When De Le Soul launched a Kick­starter cam­paign via the in­ter­net to raise funds to record their eighth al­bum lit­tle did the long-serv­ing rap trio ex­pect to ex­ceed their tar­get of $110,000 within hours.

Yet such is the fund of good­will that the group from Long Is­land, New York have built up with fans in the in­ter­ven­ing years since they re­leased the hip-hop clas­sic 3 Feet High and Ris­ing back in 1989, they were even­tu­ally gifted six times the in­tended amount.

The wind­fall al­lowed the trio of Maseo (real name Vin­cent Ma­son), Pos­d­nous (Kelvin Mercer) and Dave (Joli­coeur) to make the most am­bi­tious record of their ca­reer, that largely dis­pensed with sam­ples from other peo­ple’s tracks and in­stead in­volved jam ses­sions with live mu­si­cians. They dubbed it De La Soul and the Anony­mous No­body.

As a string of Bri­tish gigs – that in­clude Leeds – ap­proach, Joli­coeur sounds pleased with their good for­tune.

“It was a big sur­prise,” he says. “The first sur­prise is rais­ing the ini­tial tar­get in the first eight hours. I think we felt like we had fans out there obviously; we didn’t know how far us pro­mot­ing or just try­ing to get the word that we were do­ing this Kick­starter out there would go, all we could think is ‘As long as it gets out there we’ll reach the goal’. But for it to reach the goal within the first eight hours and just con­tinue – maybe within the first week we were at $300,000 or $400,000 – was crazy.

“I think part of it was our fans but also a big part of the Kick­starter com­mu­nity felt like our idea, our dream, our project was some­thing that was worth in­vest­ing in. It had some real legs and was some­thing cool, some­thing in­ter­est­ing, some­thing new, some­thing im­pres­sive.”

Rais­ing $600,000 seems to have im­bued the group with cre­ative con­fi­dence. “I think it gave us a feel­ing of ‘Well, we could do what­ever we want’,” says Joli­coeur.

It felt good not be­ing po­liced... We just had a great time record­ing

this record.

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