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De La Soul raises over $600,000 on Kickstarter for first new album in a decade

De La Soul raises over $600,000 on Kickstarter for first new album in a decade


Amanda Palmer still has the number one spot

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Last month, hip-hop masterminds De La Soul announced they were funding their first studio LP in 11 years on Kickstarter. The project reached its $110,000 goal pretty quickly, but it continued snowballing until today, where it finished with a total of $600,874.

That massive sum puts De La Soul in the number two slot for the most-funded Kickstarter music project of all time (Pebble Time is still the highest grossing out of any project category). Wondering who's got the number one spot on the music list? That would be divisive-opinion-haver Amanda Palmer, who funded an album, art book, and tour through Kickstarter. Her project raised over a million dollars, nearly doubling De La's sum.

The project's original goal was $110,000

De La Soul's project had some high-rolling backers. One $10,000 backer will get De La Soul member Dave's (Trugoy the Dove) platinum autographed record of their seminal 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising. A $7,500 backer will spend a day in the studio with the trio and record a skit on the album. That's not to say this wasn't a group effort: more than 11,000 people pledged money.

The album will apparently sample De La Soul themselves, forming a kind of meta-musical self-reflective tangle. It's scheduled to come out in September of this year.