De La Soul Starts Work On Next Album

In between performing shows and hosting select dates on the recent Lyricist Lounge tour, De La Soul has been sneaking into the studio to record its follow-up to 1996's "Stakes Is High."

After 13 years together and four albums, De La Soul is planning to mix up the chemistry a little for the new album, and bring in both old school and contemporary rappers for a string of guest appearances.

"De La has always been self-contained over the years," De La Soul's Maseo told the MTV Radio Network. "We'll always do De La records, but there's so many people in the business we respect and before we say, 'Yo, we retire,' we want to get an opportunity to work with some of the artists that are out here from new to old."

The rappers are being very tight-lipped on who they are working with for the new album, but Maseo did say that it may be a triple album, and according to De La Soul's label, the as-yet-untitled record should be out in May of next year.

In the meantime, De La Soul is

currently featured on "More Than U Know," the first single from Prince Paul's upcoming album, "A Prince Among Thieves."