Did you get flowers or a card this Valentine’s Day? Feeling a bit loveless and blue? Put a smile on your face with this: one of the best bands of the 90s and hip-hop innovators par extraordinaire De La Soul are giving away their back catalogue as digital downloads, for free, for one day only.

The back story is a bit complicated: due to licensing restrictions imposed by their label, the band has been unable to sell its music online or offer for streaming. Which is frankly rubbish. So to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its seminal debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, it’s giving the man a single fingered salute and giving away everything, for free, on its website.

“We’ve been blessed to be in the Library of Congress,” rapper Posdnous told Rolling Stone, “But we can’t even have our music on iTunes.”

The tracks will go live sometime around midday Eastern Time, which means they’ll be available this evening South African time. Keep checking www.wearedelasoul.com until they appear.

And in the meantime, if you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, hit play below. You will smile within three minutes and 50 seconds.

The band is also promoting its up-and-coming EP, Premium Soul on the Rocks and new album, You’re Welcome.

[Source – Engadget]
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