The rumors of De La Soul’s death have been greatly exaggerated, but while we wait (and wait, and wait…) for a new album, the legendary hip-hop group’s Posdnuos and Trugoy have struck out on their own with a different project. The duo’s latest is the conceptual rap group First Serve, a collaboration with French producers 2 & 4. As far as we can tell, it’s not about the Australian Open: Instead, the pair are taking their skills old-school, or rather, back to school.
First Serve finds the duo taking on the roles of a pair of seventh-graders, Jacob “Pop Life” Barrow and Deen Whitter, who dream of hip-hop fame. (Don’t we all?) They dropped a mixtape under their new identities a month back, but “Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along” is the first official release from First Serve’s upcoming album — a teaser that’s got us cheering on the sidelines already. We must’ve missed it when it hit the web during the LANA DEL REY INTERNET EXPLOSION, but now that the dust has settled, we’re going to be bumping this until Wimbledon. The track’s beat rides on a staccato keyboard and a chipmunk-voiced sample — think Kanye West circa “Gone” — and the rhymes are as smooth and smart as we’ve come to expect from the long-lived MCs. “Sorry, Ma, I’m a microphone fiend,” Trugoy raps, and it shows. Venus Williams swag.
+ Listen to First Serve’s “Pushin’ Aside, Pushin’ Along.”