De La Soul and Tommy Boy Records have been locked in negotiations over the trio’s musical catalog for years.
On Monday (February 25), Pos, Maseo and Dave revealed Instagram they’d been on the telephone with the label, making an attempt to choose a deal that might lastly enable their early albums to be streamed on all digital platforms.
“Dear followers…simply bought off the telephone with Tommy Boy Records…negotiations (or lack there of) to launch our catalog on all streaming platforms..uh oh.”
De La adopted up with, “Dear followers … simply bought wind that Tommy Boy was not glad about our final submit. Touché. We usually are not glad about releasing our catalog below such unbalanced, unfair phrases. #respecttheartist.”
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For our fans to finally be able to stream and/or download our music will be a dream come true! The reality for De La… what an ugly greedy nightmare. #threefeethighandrising #delasoulisdead #buhloonemindstate #stakesishigh #aoimosaicthump #bionix Tag and let @tommyboyrecords and @dodo_011.1 know how you feel #respecttheculture #respecttheart #respecttheartist More news to come on Sway In the Morning, tune in.
On Tuesday (February 26), De La revealed simply what these phrases are in one other Instagram submit and didn’t appear notably happy with the end result.
“Dear Fans…The music WILL be launched digitally,” the submit reads. “After 30 lengthy years of excellent music and paying their debt to Hip Hop, De La Soul sadly, is not going to style the fruit of their labor. Your purchases will roughly go 90% Tommy Boy, 10% De La. Thank you. Sincerely Yours, #thephantom2milliondollardebt.”
The caption reads, “Don’t feed the vultures, help and respect the tradition #30years for those who wanna help De La Soul, cop the #grindate and #anonymousnobody albums. Coming quickly: #delasoul @realpeterock and @djpremier 2019!!!”
De La launched six albums with Tommy Boy, together with the 1989 traditional three Feet High and Rising, 1991’s De La Soul is Dead, 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate and 1996’s Stakes Is High. The group’s final album with the label, AOI: Bionix, dropped in 2001.
Since then, Pos, Mase and Dave have been on the unbiased grind below their very own A.O.I. imprint. Maseo not too long ago confirmed to RealStreetRadio they’re engaged on the follow-up to 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody in addition to a 3rd installment within the Art Official Intelligence collection.
DX has reached out to Tommy Boy for remark.