Prince Paul Hails Reunion With De La Soul

Prince Paul On Reuniting With De La Soul: "I've Only Been Waiting 30 Years..."

Published Fri, December 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST

Prince Paul has fans buzzing after the superproducer confirmed that he's working with his former collaborators De La Soul. In an Instagram post, Paul shared that he's excited about new music with the group he helped bring to the masses almost 35 years ago.

“This might have been one of the most eventful years I’ve had in some time,” Paul wrote in the caption. “An unexpected highlight was was the opportunity to revisit and work with De La Soul once again. I really want to thank them for believing in me once more to get the job done.”

Kelvin Mercer Vincent Mason and David Jude Jolicoeur of De La Soul attend as Giorgio Armani hosts trunk show at the Giorgio's London event to celebrate the opening of the new Giorgio Armani and Armani/Casa boutiques on Sloane Street on April 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage/Darren Gerrish for Giorgio Armani)

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Prince Paul famously produced the first three albums from De La Soul, helping to guide the trio's knack for infectious songs and quirky humor. As De La matured and wanted to get away from their earlier image, they parted ways with Paul before working on their seminal fourth album, 1996's Stakes Is High.

De La Soul has been relatively quiet since announcing that they'd reacquired the rights to their famed catalog last year. independent music company Reservoir Media acquired De La Soul’s former label Tommy Boy Records for $100 million, providing De La with their masters. However, the group's classic material has yet to be released to major streaming platforms, much to the chagrin of fans.

But the fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from Paul and De La for months. The reconnection became public news back in August, when fellow Native Tonguer Dres of Black Sheep posted a selfie with all parties in the studio alongside engineer Scotty Hard.

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