De La Soul drop their new single “Get Away” – a track that channels the aesthetic of fellow NYC legends the Wu-Tang Clan. The single featuring The Spirit Of The Wu is the first new joint from the group since 2004’s Grind Date. The lead-off track throws back to the golden era with a dope sample of an iconic group and sound that very accurately embodies the feel of that time period. De La’s Posdnuos gave Rolling Stone a bit of insight on how the track developed.
“I’ve always loved the ‘Intro’ on Disc Two of Wu-Tang Forever – this eerie sample with no beat, that they only talked over,” De La Soul’s Posdnuos tells Rolling Stone. “I stumbled on the original sample while crate digging one day, took it straight to the lab and added drums. The feel is definitely gritty, hard and sounds like a Wu record, so out of inspirational respect, we included featuring ‘The Spirit of the Wu’ in the song title.”
De La bombs the haunting instrumental with a barrage of verses that reasserts their dominance as MCs and decries rap records that fail to stand the test of time. Perennial purveyors of that real hip-hop, De La does it again. Keep an ear out for their forthcoming LP You’re Welcome, due this fall.
Spotted at RS