Heard on the Street: De La Soul Is Done With Tommy Boy Records
“Well friends, after 30 years of profiting from our music and hard work... and after 7 long months of stalled negotiations, we are sad to say that we’ve been unable to reach an agreement and earn Tommy Boy’s respect for our legacy.
“With some helpful consulting and long careful consideration, we’ve decided we will not do our 30+ years the disservice of settling on Tom Silverman’s terms.
“Tommy Boy said they are not in the business of giving artists back their publishing. 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 catalog will not see the light of day by way of our involvement or consent. This means, if you see De La Soul music/albums available for streaming or purchase anywhere, BE AWARE, all parties involved will profit but De La Soul will not benefit or earn deservedly/fairly. We really tried. More details to come.
“Nevertheless, our fans have/will keep our legacy alive!
“We appreciate and ask for your continued support.
“Onto new things, new music and more respectful business relationships.”
— David Jude Jolicoeur, aka Trugoy the Dove aka Dave most recently, reveals on the De La Soul Instagram that the legendary Hip-Hop trio has walked away from negotiations with Tommy Boy Records regarding their historic catalog. According to press materials released by De La Soul, the record label proposed paying the group 10 percent in royalties for their six-album catalog being released on streaming services.