Fans of De La Soul can rest easy today. After months of contention and uncertainty about the legendary rap crew’s musical future – the result of a haphazard EP, a controversial crowdfunding campaign and massive delays on output, their new track Pain featuring Snoop Dogg is their best new song in years.
Last month they released new track Trainwreck, the first from their upcoming full-length album And The Anonymous Nobody, and while it was great to see them back on track, it didn’t cause a huge stir. We were still skeptical, to be totally honest. Today, that changes.
Pain is a funky, groove-laden throwback; a reminder that the legendary artists of old are still more than capable of producing wonderful new tunes. The classic beat is led by a soulful sample, setting a cheery atmosphere ahead of any lyrics. The verses, with Snoop’s bars sandwiched in between the two De La offerings, are slick, playful and clever, focusing on the motto, “Pain makes it better.” Snoop’s low-flying verse and husky tone is the perfect antidote to the long beloved bouncy tones of De La Soul.
As well as Snoop, confirmed guests on And The Anonymous Nobody include Damon Albarn, Usher, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Jill Scott and even Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. There’s still hope yet for this album to become one of the best new releases in 2016. I for one, can’t wait.
And The Anonymous Nobody is set for release on August 26, 2016.