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Legendary hip-hop trio De La Soul — Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo — have been locked in a battle with Tommy Boy Music for years to regain management of their masters. Now, in line with Talib Kweli, it’s mission completed for The Plugs.
“After years of being taken benefit by the recording business within the worst potential methods, De La Soul now owns all of the rights to their masters and is in full management of the superb music they’ve created,” Kweli wrote in an Instagram put up over the weekend, writing that Maseo had confirmed the information. “Let’s salute Plugs 1, 2 and three for sticking to their weapons and exhibiting us that we will all beat the system if we come collectively as a neighborhood. Let’s hear it for black possession of black artwork! Congratulations fellas.”
The information might not come as an enormous shock, since simply two months in the past, Reservoir Media acquired the Tommy Boy for near $100 million. Additionally they gained possession of Tommy Boy’s catalog, which incorporates six De La Soul albums: three Toes Excessive And Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Lifeless (1991), and Buhloone Mindstate (1993), Stakes Is Excessive (1996), Artwork Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000), and AOI: Bionix (2001). A spokesperson for Reservoir additionally confirmed that the brand new label possession would imply that De La Soul’s catalog would finally come to streaming platforms. “We’ve already reached out to De La Soul and can work collectively to the carry the catalog and the music again to the followers,” a Reservoir rep instructed Selection.
As Uproxx’s Aaron Williams identified not too long ago, the one two De La albums at present accessible to stream are 2004’s The Grind Date, launched underneath Sanctuary Information, and their crowdfunded 2016 album And The Nameless No person.