The catalog of rap legends, De La Soul, is expected to make its debut in streaming services after decades of absence from any digital marketplace. This release will end a long-standing conflict between De La and his label, Tommy Boy Records, and the legal complications that prevented fans from accessing their music outside of physical shopping or (free) download directly from the site. Web of De La Soul.
Although this development is exciting for fans of the trio, it arouses its own controversy. According to the group's Instagram posts, they do not feel the contract that brings classic albums like 3 feet tall and up for streaming platforms is right. "Your purchases will go 90% to Tommy Boy and 10% of De La," wrote the group to his fans. "We are not happy to publish our catalog in such unbalanced and unfair conditions."
As a result, while services such as Spotify and Apple Music are apparently set to begin broadcasting the classic catalog, a service plans to shut down. "It's not right on Tidal," said Maseo Rolling stone. The group asserts that this omission is in solidarity with the group's contractual disputes. "Jay-Z has reached out," says Maseo. "He's not ready to support that."
According to the group, Tidal's owner, Jay-Z, made personal contact with him – and promised to keep the catalog out of the streaming service that he owns. "[Tidal] supports the artist, "says Trugoy. "It's only the bottom line."
The group appreciates the gesture. "TIt's good to know that people recognize nonsense, that they recognize and empathize with artists, "says Trugoy. "At the end of the day, you get the impression that these are the reasons why your peers look to you for support."
A source close to the situation confirmed that the service will not make the band's music available for streaming. A representative of Jay-Z did not immediately respond to a request for comment.