Two days ago De La Soul teased the idea of new music on twitter. Earlier today they released their collaboration with Chuck D titled “The People”. Utilizing Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” sample, Posdnuos and Chuck D discuss the social ills and hardships facing all people, especially the black community. And the timing couldn’t be any better given the Ferguson verdict we’re all struggling with currently. The only thing missing from this song is a verse from Trugoy, but otherwise it’s great.
About the song:
The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the track’s vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals. Lyrically Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. With Chuck on the track this is a dream come true for us.
Originally “The People” was suppose to drop in June around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally the Ferguson tragedy took place, and more recently the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.
You can stream and download De La Soul’s “The People” Featuring Chuck D below:
You can download “The People” here. Their website has also been updated with some new merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the merch will go to two organizations: All Star Code and I Love Ferguson.