De La Soul and Public Enemy's Chuck D weren't intending to drop their new collaborative anthem "The People" to coincide with the current Ferguson protests, but it seems fated that they did. "Originally 'The People' was supposed to drop in June," Trugoy told Rolling Stone. "We chose to hold off...Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally, the Ferguson tragedy took place and now 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 soulful track, which comes ahead of a new De La Soul album, is one that Trugoy describes as having an "earnest and pressing tone," adding: ""The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths...the experiences, trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race and individuals."