De La Soul Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of ‘De La Soul Is Dead’ With An Unreleased Track And An Ingenious Way To Pay Tribute

05.13.16 2 years ago

Twenty five years ago, Long Island trio De La Soul fought back against the dreaded sophomore jinx and being pigeonholed as bohemian hippies with their seminal album De La Soul Is Dead. On Friday, the group decided to honor that classic album and connect with their fans in a unique way.

To celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, we’ve assembled memorials across NYC at two locations meaningful to the creation of this historic album. We welcome you to visit these locations and contribute a candle, card, flower, etc. You can also simply post a pic on your social media outlets #DELASOULISDEAD. Show your appreciation and support the life of the culture and it’s classic albums. Sign our memorial, let us know that hip hop will not be forgotten. Be a part of our legacy. DLS… Remain In Peace.

The aforementioned locations are Russell Simmons’ old stomping grounds of Rush Management and Colliope Recording Studio where the Plugs got together with Prince Paul and made history. If you happen to be in NYC, drop by in person and pay your respects to an album that still lives on in our hearts and memories, if not our streaming services and download queues. If not, just sign your name at and thank Dave, Pos, and Mase for refusing to be labeled. As a bonus, the site also includes a link to an unreleased track from the De La Soul Is Dead sessions called “Sho Nuff.”

If you need even more De La, check out their four song EP For Your Pain and Suffering, while you wait for their crowd-funded new album and the Anonymous Nobody featuring Nas, Snoop Dogg, and 2 Chainz to drop. The album will be available for pre-order on iTunes 5/20/2016.

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