The countdown to De La Soul’s new album ‘and the Anonymous Nobody‘ now stands at just over two weeks. To make us even hungrier for the August 26 drop, the hip hop legends have issued a somber new joint titled ‘Greyhounds’. This follows other stimulating releases such as ‘Pain‘, ‘TrainWreck‘, ‘Royalty Capes‘ and ‘Drawn‘, each of which sound like a painstakingly crafted masterpiece. Nothing sounds gratuitous on the music we’ve heard so far from this highly anticipated album; every note, beat, rhyme, even every artist feature seems to be well calculated and perfectly placed. Folks who are already crowning De La’s ninth LP a classic are not too far off the mark; every one of the above tracks does feel like a classic.
Back to Greyhounds, a five-minute musical odyssey that showcases De La Soul at their story-telling best. The story is told over long, sorrowful keyboard notes given life by a punchy drum track. Verse one reflects on the life of a girl from a bible belt town who boarded a Greyhound to discover what delights the big city has, only to find out the hard way that there’s nothing for free. And even those who show love tend to be wolves in sheep clothing. In the quest for redemption she “crawls back on the Greyhound” to her bible-belt town. The next verse tells more or less the same story only this time the character almost losing their soul to the bright lights is a young man with a taste for the finer things. In between there is some soulful, almost spiritual, crooning from the evergreen Usher. Besides the R&B star’s typically flawless delivery and the incisive bars from the Long Island trio, you have to give it up for the instrumentalists and the producer who put everything together.
Look out for De La’s upcoming performance at The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on August 23. And need I remind you to pre-order the album?
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