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28 November, 2014@5:27 pm

De La Soul: “The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the track’s vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals. Lyrically Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. With Chuck on the track this is a dream come true for us.

Originally “The People” was suppose to drop in June around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally the Ferguson tragedy took place, and more recently the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.

We created some merchandise for this song that is for sale (The People T-Shirt & Sweatshirt). Proceeds from the merch will be donated to two organizations: All Star Code and I Love Ferguson.

All Star Code is an organization that helps under served youth make their way into the tech industry. We’ve been building, strategizing, and working with developers for the past year, and we understand the importance of education in tech. We have a music tech company that we’ll be launching soon called Daisy ( It’s important that we have more people from our community and our culture involved in this space. We just want to do our part in making that happen and ultimately help build the future of music.

I Love Ferguson is a organization that’s helping to rebuild the town of Ferguson, MO. We feel strong about helping and supporting the small businesses that have been affected in that area.”

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2 Responses to "De La Soul – “The People” (feat. Chuck D)"
  • yungplex says:

    Rip Mike Brown! Good to hear something like this or see some of the community clean up efforts that doesn’t necessarily make it to main stream media outlets. It’s time for a proper De la project.

  • Future prophet says:

    Rip Miriam Carey! A true victim of The brutal police state we live in. Sorry but Mike Brown reaped what he sewed, just like Trayvon, just like the grand jury’s evidence that has leaked has proven. You notice race batters like Eric holder don’t want to investigate Miss Carey’s death, but want to waste our time defending these punks. We have serious issues with police brutality and misconduct in this country, and there are valid cases which should be further investigated, but what has gone on in Ferguson over the last few days has been reprehensible and reeks of agent provacateurs and only serves to reinforce negative stereotypes. I hope Mike Brown and Trayvon find peace in the next life, but their actions are the reason they are dead. Pieces of ungodly filth like al sharp ton, Jesse, Barack and Eric holder are trying to stir up a race war, and it’s unacceptable. The song is decent, but if more rappers just listen to a song from 20 years ago, “self destruction” by Krs One or stop the violence, maybe we can finally have progress in our community. “pants up, don’t loot”.

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