The new owners of De La Soul’s catalog, Reservoir Media, have pledged that the hip hop group’s early discography will be released on streaming services.
The New York-based music company acquired the jazz rap trio’s former label, Tommy Boy Records, for $100 million. “We have already reached out to De La Soul and will work together to bring the catalog and the music back to the fans,” a spokesperson from Reservoir told Variety.
Though De La Soul have yet to comment explicitly about the Reservoir purchase, the group did make a post on Instagram that read, “Woke up feeling a sense of greater peace of mind…” Member Posdnuos left a comment on the post: “I wonder why… 😂”
In 2019, De La Soul made headlines for a dispute with Tommy Boy over what they called “unbalanced, unfair” royalty terms and uncleared samples, putting the planned digital release of their six albums from 1989 to 2001 on ice.
As a result, the Long Island hip hop group’s early catalog, including their seminal debut record 3 Feet High and Rising, has long been unavailable on streaming services.
De La Soul’s Maseo later commented on the situation in a 2019 interview on Sway in the Morning. “Let’s be straight up: We don’t really financially benefit—there’s so many infractions around this whole thing that we’ll probably never see no money from it or any project that has these infractions,” he said.
To date, De La Soul’s only albums available on streaming services have been 2004’s The Grind Date, and their 2016 release …and the Anonymous Nobody, which the group funded through Kickstarter.