When groundbreaking hip-hop trio De La Soul decided it was time to make the group’s eighth album “And the Anonymous Nobody” – its first release in 11 years – the pioneering rappers had a vision for the collection of tracks they’re planning to release in September.
The group’s members knew, for example, they wanted to bring in an eclectic set of guests artists like rapper 2 Chainz and David Byrne of the Talking Heads. They wanted the music to turn heads and make a statement. Even more important – they wanted to go the crowd-funding route, to side-step the complications and interference of teaming up with a label, says the group’s Dave Jolicoeur.
On Monday, they unveiled a Kickstarter campaign for the album with a goal set at $110,000. Less than 24 hours later, the group had already topped the goal in a big way, with fan response bringing in pledges at the time of this writing that total more than $265,000. More →