De La Soul’s total catalog is available on all streaming platforms and digital retailers for the primary time as of at present, March third, 2023.
As a result of pattern clearance points and label disputes with Warner Bros. Data and Tommy Boy Data, none of De La Soul’s music earlier than 2004 had ever made it to streaming providers.
In February 2019, Tommy Boy acquired the group’s grasp recordings from Warner, however plans to convey their first six albums to streaming providers had been scrapped when De La Soul pushed back on the move and revealed they might solely be receiving 10% of the income. Subsequent negotiations with Tommy Boy broke down, and no additional progress was made till music rights firm Reservoir acquired the label for $100 million in June 2021.
On the time, a consultant for the corporate promised Reservoir would work with De La Soul “to convey the catalog and the music again to the followers.” True to their phrase, by August of 2021 De La Soul regained management of their grasp recordings.
De La Soul initially sought to add their full catalog to streaming providers by the tip of 2021. Nevertheless, as there was “quite a lot of again work that want[ed] to be executed,” that timeline was bumped by greater than a yr.
Lastly, as of March third, De La Soul’s albums 3 Ft Excessive and Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Lifeless (1991), Buhloone Mindstate (1993), Stakes Is Excessive (1996), Artwork Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000), and AOI: Bionix (2001) can be found on all main streaming platforms. Hear here.
Moreover, the group will launch vinyl, CD, and cassette reissues by way of their label AOI and distributed by Chrysalis Data. The reissue of 3 Ft Excessive and Rising is out today. Particulars on the opposite reissues are forthcoming.
De La Soul’s return to streaming is all of the extra bittersweet given the current passing of co-founding member Trugoy the Dove. On Thursday evening, surviving members Maseo and Posdnuos hosted a celebratory occasion at Webster Corridor in New York Metropolis, the place they honored Trugoy and “the affect and impression of De La Soul.” They had been joined by Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, and others.