Hip-hop legends De La Soul have offered another preview of their upcoming mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which features posthumous beats from the late J Dilla. The funky “Vocabulary Spills” finds the New York trio flexing over a deceptively weird Dilla groove, which blends guitar squelches and eerie samples with a dusty trap kit.
Last month, group member Posdnuos spoke to Rolling Stone about the honor of rapping over Dilla’s one-of-a-kind creations. “Dilla was the Tupac of producers,” he said. “He has so many unreleased things that no one has heard. His family knows how vital and important an ingredient his music was to our work.”
Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. will be released on March 26th on the group’s website. Listen to “Vocabulary Spills” in full below.
This year has been especially eventful for De La Soul. In February, the group, unable to sell their music on digital platforms because of their extensive, and occasionally unlicensed, sampling techniques, released their entire catalog as a free download on their website for a 25-hour window.
Meanwhile, the trio are planning additional projects for 2014: You’re Welcome, their first LP since 2004’s The Grind Date (which is expected to drop before summer) and a six-song EP, Premium Soul on the Rocks, which features three beats each from DJ Premier and Pete Rock.