De La Soul have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first album in 11 years.
The band, who are collaborating with acts such as Damon Albarn, 2 Chainz, Little Dragon and David Byrne, have raised almost $250,000 in pledges towards the project’s £110,000 target in less than three days.
“For the last decade, we’ve been independent artists, free of a record label interfering in our creative process,” they said on the campaign’s homepage. “We’re excited and ready to create. It’s been essential that we find ways to fund, record and release new music.
“Typically the fans have been the ones who support and appreciate our vision, so using Kickstarter and giving our fans the opportunity to be a part of the process just feels right.”
Fans who contribute will receive access to exclusive offers such as limited edition records and merchandise.
“We’re crowdfunding it to help pay for recording, mixing, marketing and everything else,” add the band, whose last studio album was 2004’s The Grind Date.
“Your support will keep us in the studio, help us continue to sample and manipulate the music we’ve recorded, will help us get additional production work done; and will help us design, package, market and distribute the album.”