We’ve been waiting quite some time to stream De La Soul music
For the first time in history, fans are able to stream De La Soul music across digital retailers and streaming services. The American hip hop group known to pioneer jazz rap and alternative hip hop have finally come to terms with music rights company Reservoir Media following their acquisition of Tommy Boy Records.
Due to a number of legal issues, such as the numerous samples used throughout the De La Soul music catalog, it was difficult to make the tracks available for streaming. Back in 2014, De La Soul even made the decision to offer their music for free following the 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising.
Further hindered were the hip hop group’s catalog rights from their stint at Warner Bros. Records. When De La Soul’s previous record label Tommy Boy regained control of the trio’s library in 2019, that issue appeared to be resolved but the music’s streaming rights caused a breach with Tommy Boy prior to any digital releases.
“It’s been 20 plus years overdue, but finally, we are here,” said Maseo, who makes up one third of the legendary trio.
The announcement that fans were finally able to stream De La Soul music came at a somber time as De La Soul member David Jolicoeur, aka “Trugoy the Dove”, passed away last month on February 12 at the early age of 54. Group members Maseo and Posdnuos paid tribute to Trugoy in heartfelt letters that were posted on their social media.
“I remember your mom calling you Dove, so you’ve always had wings, so go on and fly into the light,” wrote Maseo. “Merce and I will make sure your legacy is well preserved.”