And the Anonymous Nobody Image
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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the hip hop trio was funded by Kickstarter campaign and features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Estelle, Justin Hawkins, Little Dragon, Roc Marciano, Pete Rock, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, and Usher.

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Pain
Pain will make you better Tell me how you feel Look over your shoulder Time will make it real Give me no excuses I know how ya feel Pain will make... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Sep 1, 2016
    100
    The end result sure looks promising from the moment you hit play, with over an hour of music and 18 tracks to look forward to, the kind of full length project all those [Kickstarter] backers have demanded.
  2. Aug 26, 2016
    80
    And The Anonymous Nobody is a more than worthy edition to their legacy, proving how relevant this treasure of a band is.
  3. Aug 5, 2016
    80
    Exhausting, ridiculous and full of life, De La Soul still do it like no-one else.
  4. Magnet
    Nov 16, 2016
    80
    This is a mature work. [No. 137, p.54]
  5. Aug 26, 2016
    70
    Tracks like the loopy "Snoopies" (with David Byrne) and old-school throwdown "Whoodeeni" (with 2 Chainz) are glorious bug-outs, but the urban cautionary tale "Greyhounds" (echoing Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," with Usher on the hook) is a reminder that De La are often more powerful when they're less goofy.
  6. Aug 12, 2016
    60
    There is perhaps a great album here. But amid this 17-track sprawl, it’s hard to find.
  7. Sep 29, 2016
    60
    It's nice to hear De La Soul stretching themselves creatively, and even the less successful detours are interesting additions to an already eclectic catalogue.

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  1. Aug 26, 2016
    9
    Good art is engaging and pulls you. You cant turn away...you have to look, or listen. Great art is engaging and makes you think. ExeceptionalGood art is engaging and pulls you. You cant turn away...you have to look, or listen. Great art is engaging and makes you think. Execeptional art engages and challenges your thoughts and previous understandings. 3 Feet High...was exceptional in that sense because it challenged established rap paradigms in its time period. The Anonymous Nobody does the same thing. It is challenging and is shifting established ideas. It wont necessarily bump in the jeeps but it will rock everywhere else. Get your mind right and sharpen your ears. Dig through the catalogues of every featured artist on this album and discover their gems. Consider the artistic skill it took to bring all of these different elements together to form this work. Don't settle for good, strive for great. Trugoy said it best on the outro that is the intro track, Exodus- "Hoping that what we create inspires you to selfishly challenge and contribute." Engaging, entertaining, thought provoking, and challenging. Thank you De La for sharing this work. And for those who don't get it.....you never will. This wasn't made for you. There are IQ requirements to really understand the brillance that is Anonymous. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2016
    9
    It took me 2 listens to really appreciate the album as a whole. At first it felt underwhelming because the music overpowers the lyrics if youIt took me 2 listens to really appreciate the album as a whole. At first it felt underwhelming because the music overpowers the lyrics if you will. But that actually is what grew on me, the album has a unit has a very smooth sound. So if you're looking for the "boombap" this may not be for you. But its been in constant rotation for me since it came out. Expand
  3. Aug 26, 2016
    6
    De La Soul have perhaps lost some of their steam so to speak for this LP (their eighth), coming so long after their last. Still, it has enoughDe La Soul have perhaps lost some of their steam so to speak for this LP (their eighth), coming so long after their last. Still, it has enough good stuff in the bank to make it worthwhile. Expand