De La Soul Raises Over 600K in Kickstarter for New Album

De La Soul

De La Soul Raises Over 600K in Kickstarter for New Album

Group's LP becomes second most funded music project on the site.

Published May 2, 2015

The people have spoken. A month after hip hop pioneers De La Soul announced they were funding their first studio LP in 11 years on Kickstarter, the project has collected some $600,874 to date.

Those six figures makes the trio's campaign the second most-funded music venture on the site, behind smartwatch Pebble Time, which is the platform's most-backed idea ever, and Amanda Palmer in the music category. Palmer's art book, album and tour raised over one million dollars.


Among the perks for big number donors: one $10,000 backer will get a platinum autographed record of their 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising. A $7,500 backer will spend a day in the studio with the trio and record a skit on the album. And a $5,000 pledger will get to dine with De La and hang out backstage at a show. The majority of the funding, however, comes from fans of more modest means: 1,410 of the 11,000-plus people who pledged will get a vinyl version of the LP. 

"Thank you so much to all of you," the group wrote to fans via their Updates.

The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to come out in September of this year. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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