You may have heard that De La Soul recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first album in eleven years. The Kickstarter wrapped up today, and the final tally is in: $600,829 from 11,169 backers.

The Long Island trio aimed to raise $110,000 and actually raised $180,974 within 24 hours of the launch of the campaign. In addition to appearances from Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and 2 Chainz, the album will feature original samples from scores of studio musician freestyle jam sessions recorded by De La Soul and their production team.

“With over 200 hours of sounds, and vibes, equal to about 250 to 300 full-length vinyl LPs, it's time that we get to the work," they wrote on the Kickstarter page. "We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous 'sample police.'" 

[via Pigeons and Planes]