De La Soul’s music will land on streaming services after dispute over masters

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90s hip-hop greats De La Soul have finally acquired the rights to their master recordings after years of dispute. The takeover of De La Soul comes after their previous record label Tommy Boy, which also released music by Queen Latifah, House of Pain and Naughty By Nature, was bought by rights company Reservoir for $ 100 million in June. The purchase meant Reservoir received the rights to six of the group’s albums, including 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead and Buhloone Mindstate.

At the time of the sale, De La Soul said it was talking to Reservoir executives about a deal. The classic De La Soul material is missing due to the longstanding dispute on streaming services. The main problems with De La Soul and Tommy Boy came to a head after the label negotiated a deal to receive 90 percent of streaming revenue, with the group only 10 percent remaining. In 2019, after months of failed negotiations, the trio got Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman into full swing on social media.

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