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De La Soul share 1989 single ‘The Magic Number’


De La Soul have released their long-awaited 1989 single ‘The Magic Number’ on streaming platforms. It arrives over 30 years after it appeared on the trio’s debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising.

The single was rediscovered on a mass scale following its appearance in Spider Man: No Way Home, starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and previous Spider Mans Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.

Those who have been awaiting the song’s arrival on streaming platforms will be pleased to hear that De La Soul – made up of Posdnuos, Maseo and Trugoy – have released ‘The Magic Number’ on limited-edition 7-inch vinyl and cassingle, both of which are available from the outfit’s website. The track arrived alongside a colourful animated lyric video produced by agency F.

De La Soul recently confirmed their intent to share their entire discography on streaming platforms in 2023. As it stands, fans only have access to the group’s three most recent albums via Spotify. These include 2004’s The Grind Date, 2012’s First Serve and 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody…

Celebrating the 34th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising. De La Soul will expand their online presence to include the debut LP as well as 1991’s De La Soul is Dead, 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate, 1996’s Stakes Is High, 2000’s Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump and 2001’s Art Official Intelligence: Bionix

Until now, De La Soul’s early albums were absent from streaming platforms due to a dispute with their label Warner Records, which claimed that the group’s samples were only green-lit for physical distribution.

However, in 2017, the group’s catalogue was bought by Tommy Boy Records and put forward for digital release. Royalty disputes caused further delays, but in 2021, De La Soul confirmed they would be releasing their classic albums online.