De La Soul’s full back catalogue is set to hit streaming services in March. The group's six albums '3 Feet High and Rising', 'De La Soul Is Dead', 'Buhloone Mindstate', 'Stakes Is High', 'Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump', and 'AOI: Bionix' will all be available.
De La Soul's 1989 single, 'The Magic Number', will also be available for streaming from 13th January. The group have announced a '3 Feet High And Rising' vinyl reissue. A limited edition green vinyl with a comic book insert will also be available exclusively via Rough Trade.
“It’s been 20 plus years overdue, but finally, we are here,” De La Soul's Maseo said in a press release.
Last year, De La Soul acquired the rights to their master recordings following years of contract disputes that kept some of their earliest work off streaming platforms. Prior to that, Tommy Boy — the record label who had previously owned the rights before they were purchased by rights company Reservoir for £70 million — attempted to make the music available for streaming but failed after the group alleged "unbalanced, unfair terms" relating to the contract.
Speaking about the disagreement in 2019, a statement issued by the band said: "Tommy Boy says they are 'not in the business of giving artists back their Masters'. We realize there is a process in reclaiming ownership but we do not trust Tommy Boy in this process after so many years of disappointment. Therefore, our catalogue will not see the light of day by way of our involvement or consent."