De La Soul Plug 1 & Plug 2 ‘We Made It’

Plug 1 & Plug 2 First Serve'

De La Soul Plug 1 & Plug 2 are out with a new track from their ‘First Serve’ album, out Monday (April 2) on Duck Down Music. ‘We Made It’ is produced by Chokolate & Khalid. Audio at Soundcloud has since been removed.

Plug 1 & Plug 2 ‘Must Be The Music’ Video

Plug 1 and Plug 2 'Must B The Music'

De La Soul members Plug 1 and Plug 2 are ready to release their ‘First Serve’ album out April 2nd on Duck Down Music in North America and Pias in all other territories.

The music video for ‘Must Be The Music’, the lead single from the album, is available via YouTube below. It was directed by Matt Stawski.

On TV: Flo Rida, Missy Elliott, De La Soul

Rap acts on television this week include:

Flo Rida performs on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Wednesday and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ (ABC) on Thursday.

Missy Elliot performs with Ginuwine on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Thursday.

De La Soul performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Friday.

‘News & Notes With Ed Gordon’: J Dilla

Detroit musician James Yancey — also known as J Dilla and Jay Dee — was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common. But after just a brief career in the spotlight, he died Friday at age 32 after battling an incurable blood disease and lupus. Listen to a feature on J Dilla from ‘News & Notes with Ed Gordon’, aired Tuesday (February 14) on NPR, below.

Mos Def’s Favorite Hip Hop Album

Mos Def

San Francisco Bay View’s JR caught up with Mos Def for a Q&A where the rapper revealed his favorite hip hop album was De La Soul’s ‘The Grind Date’. “The greatest Hip Hop album ever … ever … ever,” he said. “Classic forever. The greatest Hip Hop album ever recorded. When it was recorded, they were coming up on almost 20 years in Hip Hop, where people come and go like nothing … and surviving all of these trends? It’s amazing. It’s triumphant. These brothas really care about us as people; they care about Black people.”

Marc Ecko Hosts Central Park Concert To Help Endangered Rhinos

Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson of The Roots, MF Doom, De La Soul, and Mos Def were on hand for ‘Save the Rhinos’, a benefit concert organized by Marc Echo, founder of rhino brand of apparel to support the World’s dwindling rhino population, held at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield in New York City on Tuesday (June 28). Check out pictures from GettyImages.

De La Soul At Sonar Music Festival

The Sonar Music Festival celebrated groundbreaking new artists from the world of electronic music and commercial acts like De La Soul, Chemical Brothers and Moloko’s Roisin Murphy. “We came out doing our own thing as De La Soul on another level from where rap or hip-hop could go so with the groups you just mentioned (gangster rappers), they have their own thing and we have ours. It’s looked down upon to copy but then people want to duge someone if they aren’t doing rap the way they see it so everyone should just do rap the way they see it from whatever background they come from,” rapper Posdnuos told Reuters.