What was suppose to be a celebratory moment for legendary hip hop group De La Soul and their fans after news broke out that their entire catalog would now be available on streaming music platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal has turned into a public dispute with the group’s old record label, Tommy Boy Records.

De La Soul shared a couple of Instagram posts to let fans know that Tommy Boy Records, whom the group released their first six albums with okayplayer, are making their music available to stream and download, with the label set to receive 90% of proceeds.

De La Soul cited lack of negotiations with Tommy Boy Records and stated that the streaming terms are unjustified and unfair. The second Instagram post by the rap trio also confirmed that the record label wasn’t happy with them letting the public know about their discussion.

“After 30 long years of good music and paying their debt to hip-hop, De La Soul unfortunately, will not taste the fruit of their labor. Your purchases will roughly go 90% Tommy Boy, 10% De La.”

With the controversial circumstances between De La Soul and Tommy Boy Records its unknown when their catalog will be available on music streaming platforms. After Tidal refused to make De La Soul’s catalog available on their platform, the record label reached out to the group to discuss new terms but only if trio sign a non disclosure agreement.

De La Soul asked their fans to support upcoming projects with DJ Premier and Pete Rock instead until the issues with Tommy Boy Records are resolved. You can view the posts on the group’s Instagram page @wearedelasoul.


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