De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records.

Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. De La Soul had spent its entire career recording for Tommy Boy, which issued its last album, "AOI: Bionix," in December 2001.

"To get to the point of releasing this new album it's been a grind, but as a group we have never stopped working," group member Maceo says in a statement. "Over the past three years we have been busy traveling the world, taking hip-hop to places like Prague, Ireland and Poland, as well as continuing to play in the mainstays such as London and the U.S."

"The Grind Date" features such high-profile guests as Common, Ghostface, Sean Paul and filmmaker Spike Lee, who provides the intro for "Church." Other acts lending a hand include MF Doom, Carl Thomas, Yummi, Bonz Malone and Butta Verses. Production was handled by Mike West, Jay Dee and Madlib, among others.

Fifteen years since its landmark debut album, "3 Feet High and Rising," De La Soul's members say they are comfortable with their veteran status. "Nowadays, people are so quick to want to blow up, but they burn themselves out very quickly instead of moving slow and steady," group member Pos says. "I'd like to think that De La Soul is like incense that's burning slow and even by the time it's fizzed out, it's left a great aroma."

De La Soul has five dates on its upcoming itinerary: Sept. 16 at Chicago's House of Blues, Sept. 26 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 16 or 17 at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival and Oct. 19 at Atlanta's Earthlink Live.

The group is also featured on a remake of the Isley Brothers' "It's a New Thing," which will appear on the upcoming album "Taken to the Next Phase (Reconstructions)." The set is due Aug. 10 via Sony Urban/Legacy.