De La Soul And Chuck D Stand With “The People”

The legends have shared a socially conscious anthem that’s accidentally, but powerfully well-timed.

November 29, 2014

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."

De La Soul are giving the track away for free (download it below), but you can also head to their website to pick up some re-upped merch—with all proceeds going to I Love Ferguson and All Star Code.

De La Soul And Chuck D Stand With “The People”