Nearly twelve years since their last proper long player, Strong island hip-hop pioneers De La Soul have officially returned in grand fashion with today’s anxiously awaited release of and the Anonymous Nobody…. We’ve been listening to the album for a few days now and our formal review is forthcoming, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, we’re learning much more about the album’s back story through We’re Still Here (now), an enlightening documentary that examines the inspiration behind the trio’s Kickstarter-funded effort. Throughout the 34-minute film directed by J Anders Urmacher and produced by Brandon Hixon, Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo frame the new album within the broader context of their prolific career and the evolution, for better or for worse, of hip-hop music and culture.
“Hip-hop’s been damn good to us,” Dave reflects in the film’s closing moments. “Bought a lot of houses, paid a lot of college tuition, and it makes us feel good. Waking up in the morning knowing that this is what I do, ya know, I can’t complain about that.”
Watch We’re Still Here (now) below and if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up your copy of and the Anonymous Nobody… now.