Ever wondered why you can’t buy De La Soul’s classic albums on iTunes, let alone stream them on streaming services? Yeah, licensing, complicated by what Rolling Stone describes as “hazy language” in the band’s early contracts, as well as sample clearance issues. Some good news this week though: the band are going to be giving their entire back catalogue away for 25 hours from this afternoon, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ album’s release. “It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it,” says co-founder Posdnuous. “It’s been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.” And also a canny way of re-engaging fans ahead of the release of a new album later this year.

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