De La Soul's Catalogue Is Coming to Streaming Services This Year

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 11, 2021

De La Soul have confirmed plans to bring their brilliant back catalogue to streaming services this year, following the acquisition of Tommy Boy Music by music-rights company Reservoir this past June.

The trio confirmed that the deal with Reservoir was official yesterday (August 10) during an Instagram Live session, after the company pledged to "work together to the bring the catalogue and the music back to the fans."

"We have come to a deal between ourselves and Reservoir to release our music in 2021 — our catalog will be released this year, we are working diligently with the good folks at Reservoir, and we sat down with them and got it done pretty quickly actually," the trio's Dave "Trugoy" Jolicoeur shared with viewers, noting that they weren't "bashing" Tommy Boy founder Tom Silverman.

In February 2019, De La Soul revealed that a digital release of their Tommy Boy catalogue was in the works, though they clarified that "your purchases will roughly go 90 percent to Tommy Boy, 10 percent to De La." At the time, they urged listeners, "Don't feed the Vultures, support and respect the culture #30years If you wanna support De La Soul, cop the #grinddate and #anonymousnobody albums."

Albums the trio recorded for Tommy Boy include 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising, 1991's De La Soul Is Dead, 1993's Buhloone Mindstate, 1996's Stakes Is High, 2000's Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump and 2001's AOI: Bionix.

De La Soul's battle for their masters recently played out in humorous fashion in an episode of Teen Titans GO! 

The group's most recent album remains 2016's and the Anonymous Nobody...

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