De La Soul

De La Soul

HIPPIE QUALITIES: The album cover of their debut 3 Feet High and Rising, and their subject matters that revolve around peace, love, and comedy.

REALLY THOUGH? ARE THEY HIPPIES? Nope, they were three high school friends from Long Island, who hung out at Prince Paul's home studio before dropping their seminal classic 3 Feet High and Rising. It was a stretch then, and it's a stretch now to label De La as rap hippies. On "Me, Myself, and I," Posdonus has stated, "You say plug one and two are hippies, no we're not, thats pure plug bull." Unfortunately, they were the first to don the label, and they're a significant piece when recalling the legacy of rappers "categorized" under the hippie umbrella. So, sorry Pos.

De La Soul's classic debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, is turning twenty-five this year. To celebrate the quarter of a century milestone, the three "Stakes Is High" hip-hop pioneers plan to give fans a chance to revisit their catalog and download their complete discography. The opportunity will only last from Friday 2/14 at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday 2/15 at noon, fittingly twenty-five hours long.

In addition to re-releasing their old music, the group also plans to release a new album called You're Welcome  sometime before the summer, their first project since 2004.  De La also plans to release the Pete Rock and DJ Premier produced, six-song EP Preemium Soul on the Rocks in March.

Stay tuned to De La Soul's website for more information on their releases and to download their catalog tomorrow.

UPDATE: The music is live now. Check here to download it.