De La Soul – “The People” (Feat. Chuck D)

De La Soul have put out a new track called “The People” featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D. “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,” the band writes in a note introducing the song. Read some more words from the band and listen to the track below.

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.

“The People” is available as a free download here. Their website has also been updated with some new merchandise. Proceeds from the sale of the merch will go to two organizations: All Star Code and I Love Ferguson.