De La Soul’s music has remained unavailable on streaming services.
Looks like De La Soul‘s music may finally be headed to streaming services amid Reservoir Music’s acquiring of Tommy Boy Records.
In a report from Variety, the independent music company bought the groundbreaking hip-hop label for $100 million, with the deal comprising “more than 6,000 masters,” which happens to also include De La’s catalog. The hip-hop group’s music has remained unavailable on streaming services. Back in 2019, the trio told fans to “Boycott Tommy Boy” as the label attempted to put their music on streaming services. The group also shared at the time that having their music on streaming wouldn’t of been profitable to them, with the label retaining 90% of streaming profits while the trio only kept 10% of it.
“As frustrating as it is and as crazy as it may sound, your act of NOT purchasing or streaming anything musically De La Soul, falling under the Tommy Boy banner (until further notice) helps us immensely and can possibly aid others experiencing these similar woes,” the group said in a statement at the time.
However, a rep for Reservoir assured fans that they were working with the group to get their music out, saying: “We have already reached out to De La Soul and will work together to the bring the catalog and the music back to the fans.”
The music that would be made available if everything ends up working out between Reservoir and De La would be the group’s first six albums, including their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising.