De La Soul to Launch Online Singles Series

De La Soul to Launch Online Singles Series
It's been nearly a decade since hip-hop trio De La Soul delivered their 2004 full-length The Grind Date, but the group will finally make their long-awaited return via the launch of a new digital single series.

Next week, De La Soul will drop "Get Away (feat. the Spirit of Wu-Tang)," their first track in nine years and the first of a planned series of monthly digital singles issued through YouTube and social media outlets. The act have already prepped a video for the song, which samples a skit off of the Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Tang Forever LP, and according to the group, the track's a keeper.

"I think it's a great record to reintroduce ourselves with," De La Soul DJ Maseo told Rolling Stone. "It's pretty much reflecting on the state of hip-hop at this moment. Everything is redundant. Everything sounds the same. No real lyrical content. Everybody's just doing business, not really creating."

Maseo added that while the band have plans to eventually deliver an LP called You're Welcome, they'll be focusing on the online single series for the next little while to keep things fresh and on-the-go.

 "I think putting out those singles would be more impressionable than dropping an album at this present day in music," he said, adding, "It's about trying to just creatively have a bunch of songs in the stable. You have to consider a lot from the administrative standpoint in the release of a project. I see the song that we're putting out being the perfect B-side — with a video this time."

While Maseo joked that "it disgusts me how long it takes for us to make a record," the troupe are also apparently discussing the possibility of making soundtrack-style funk LPs similar to Isaac Hayes Shaft score or Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man, though due dates for those are up in the air.

"Get Away" may be the first material from De La Soul proper since 2004, but the act's Pos and Dave issued the First Serve collaboration with French DJ's Chokolate and Khalid last year.