After much backlash and outrage Tommy Boy Records has made a decision to not put De La Soul’s digital catalog on streaming services.
Variety, reports the imprint has decided to postpone its release in light of the controversy surrounding the terms of their agreement with the legendary Hip Hop trio.
“Because Tommy Boy has not had the opportunity to sit down together with De La Soul and finalize our negotiations — something we’ve wanted to do for months — we have decided to postpone the digital release of their catalog scheduled for tomorrow,” the statement reads. “We know fans are eager to hear these amazing recordings and we are hopeful for a quick resolution.”
The group’s first six albums — including the 1989 classic 3 Feet High and Rising — was expected to arrive on all digital platforms on Friday (March 1) at midnight. The group recently went on Sway in the Morning to share their issues with the label, sparking a “Tommy Boy Boycott.”
“For some years, the catalog had been held up because … of the issues that existed behind the projects, with samples not being cleared.”
“Now it’s 2019,” he continues, “Tommy Boy has been able to acquire the catalog back, but there are still some infractions around the catalog, things we’re sure aren’t cleared, that might have new potential issues. Also, what’s on the table [contractually] for De La Soul is unfavorable, especially based on the infractions that have taken place, the bills that exist over time. And we have continued to pay the price, and that’s one of our big concerns with [the streaming releases of their albums].”
The boycott was spearheaded by The Roots own Questlove.
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I hate that it has come to this. Seriously. But there is no “if I have to choose a side?” #DeLaSoul means everything to me. @WeAreDeLaSoul gave me and millions of music lovers LIFE. I been hoping and wishing and praying for their back catalogue to be made available on digital media FOREVER—-but not like this @tommyboyrecords. This narrative has been going on since the blues, since jazz, since rock n roll, since disco, since soul——-I’m proud of De La for using their voice. Let’s fix this. For the greater good. Let’s be respectful and fair. 90% to the label & 10% to the artist is not fair. Normal protocol is just to 🤷🏾♂️ accept that’s how it is nowadays. We can change that. Change starts now. As much as it pains me to not cop 10 of those issues each and share all their timeless work of genius to a generation that has no clue—-join me in standing w De La Soul in this #TommyBOYCOTT. Do y’all understand I been waiting DECADES to finally listen to their awe inspiring work in the car, on lunch break, in the gym, just chillin? I can’t do that to them. Until you do right by the soul? There is no convo.
Jay-Z has become one of the loudest voices joining the boycott refusing to put the groups catalog on his streaming service, TIDAL until Tommy Boy does right by the legendary group.