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De La Soul’s ‘and the Anonymous Nobody’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Album Chart

De La Soul 'And the Anonymous Nobody'
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De La Soul’s official return to hip-hop has been marked with a pretty sweet accomplishment. The funky trio’s latest album, and the Anonymous Nobody, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Album chart.

The LP also landed the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart as well as the No. 12 spot on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart.

It’s been 12 years since the alternative hip-hop group released an album. And now they’re getting a heroes’ return to the hip-hop game. With the help of 11,000 backers, De La Soul raised over $600,000 on KickStarter to put together the album. And since its release on Aug. 26, it’s received rave reviews. Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Pete Rock, Estelle, 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, Usher and more are just some of the artists featured on their latest LP that relies on live instruments.

“We have always been into every mindset of hip-hop culture, but we always listen first to who we are and how we were raised when it came time for us to put out music,” said Posdnuos in an interview with Billboard on the making of the album.

The crew denies that there will ever be a De La Soul biopic (not enough controversy), though a documentary is on the way.

“I’m not sure if the ‘sex, drugs and violence’ part of our story is interesting enough,” said Pos. “But the sacrifices that we made by losing time with family while trying to figure out the riddle to stay relevant throughout our career, as well as showing the fight to not allow ourselves to be erased from history due to none of our albums that we put out on Tommy Boy being for sale in this digital age, would be great to see.”

De La’s documentary, De La Soul Is Not Dead debuts on Sept. 7.

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