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10 Unseen Photos From the De La Soul Archives

Behind the scenes with one of the first groups to go against hip-hop's macho braggadocio
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Treats From the Plugs

"Just a little love from the Soul." So began today's email from De La Soul, which included the New York trio's entire discography (save 2004's The Grind Date, which was unavailable). News of the tracks' availability broke on February 13th, when RollingStone.com announced that the pioneering jazz-rap MCs were making their entire catalog available for free download in honor of next month's 25th anniversary of their debut LP, 3 Feet High and Rising. "It's been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything," says De La's Posdnuos. "This is our way of showing them how much we love them."

The release of the group's catalog is the first of numerous upcoming projects. In a few weeks, they'll post new songs to their site, with You're Welcome – their first album since The Grind Date – expected to drop before summer. "We've sat a long time without releasing an album," adds Posdnuos. "It's high time we start releasing a bunch of stuff."

Hidden among the files for Buhloone Mindstate and Stakes Is High in today's announcement was the Easter egg "Some De La" stuff, which includes rare photographs and other treasures scheduled for inclusion in an upcoming, untitled book. Click through and preview 10 of our favorite findings.

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