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De La Soul Have Released The Track List For Upcoming Album 'and the Anonymous Nobody'

De La Soul is officially back! 

After 11 years since an album release, De La Soul is back with their 8th studio album and the Anonymous Nobody. Like their stellar 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising the group aimed to create a sample-free album. In doing so, it took them several years to get it quite right.

The new project includes cameos from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Usher and 2 Chainz, among others. The album features De La Soul and Dave West behind production, with mixes from the group, Bob Power and Morgan Garcia.

“This album is about lending to the scape of music in 2016, trying to give something, not for the sake of we want to balance what’s going on or fix hip-hop. We just want to say something to the creative aspects of music,” Dave said in a press release.

In 2015, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project, and garnered a whopping $600k in just 33 days; making their campaign the second most successful in the platform’s history.

Check out the project’s track listing below, and catch a promo video for the album above.

  1. Genesis (intro) feat. Jill Scott 1:38
  2. Royalty Capes 3:50
  3. Pain feat. Snoop Dogg 4:44
  4. Property Of Spitkicker (feat. Roc Marciano) 5:27
  5. Memory Of… (Us) (feat. Estelle & Pete Rock) 5:09
  6. CBGBS 1:22
  7. Lord Intended (feat. Justin Hawkins) 7:17
  8. Snoopies (feat. David Byrne)4:14
  9. Greyhounds (feat. Usher) 5:23
  10. Sexy Bitch 1:53
  11. Trainwreck 3:21
  12. Drawn (feat. Little Dragon) 5:36
  13. Whoodeeni (feat. 2Chainz) 4:29
  14. Nosed Up 4:01
  15. You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation) 1:22
  16. Here In After (feat. Damon Albarn) 5:35
  17. Exodus (Outro) 3:17

You can also pre-order the album here. The project's official release date is August 26.

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Between the NFL’s stance on the National Anthem and the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, performing at the Super Bowl halftime show clearly isn’t as alluring as it used to be.

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Cardi B,  who collaborated with the Maroon 5 on the hit single “Girls Like You,”  mulled it over, but ultimately turned down the Super Bowl invitation.

“It’s a no right now,” a source told the outlet of Cardi’s decision.

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But on Thursday (Dec. 13), a fan posted a video of vocal producer Kuk Harrell's Instagram Live where he said a few things about Rihanna's upcoming album. An Instagram user asked, "How's R9?" to which Harrell chuckles and says that he often gets bombarded with that question.

The vocal creative behind artists like Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce simply said that "R9" — being that it will be her ninth studio album — "…is great."

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— 🍃 (@sameolbobyn) December 13, 2018

"R9 is amazing. It’s incredible. And that’s all I'm going to say," Harrell added.

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