Tommy Boy Records have wisely decided to postpone their plans to make De La Soul's early catalog available on all streaming platforms after facing a boycott for only offering the group 10% of the streaming revenue.
The record label released the following statement to Variety:
“Because Tommy Boy has not had the opportunity to sit down together with De La Soul and finalize our negotiations — something we’ve wanted to do for months — we have decided to postpone the digital release of their catalog scheduled for tomorrow,” the statement reads.
“We know fans are eager to hear these amazing recordings and we are hopeful for a quick resolution.”
During an appearance on Sway, group member Maseo said:
“For some years, the catalog had been held up because … of the issues that existed behind the projects, with samples not being cleared."
“I don’t know what [Tommy Boy’s] deals were with clearing samples, but back then a lot was probably done on a handshake, especially when you’re an independent. Nothing comes to the surface until it actually turns into something. If I was the record company at that time, I would have probably thought it was a small thing and not cleared it: ‘This little 30-second thing, who would come after that?’ And it happened! I think by the time [the catalog] got to Warner Bros., people started come out of the woodwork, and I think for the most part [those] people are the ones whose business didn’t get dealt with."
The group was anticipating a slew of lawsuits if the samples were not cleared before the streaming platform rollout.