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De La Soul’s music is finally coming to streaming services in March

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The music of hip-hop pioneer De La Soul — whose 1989 debut, “Three Feet High and Rising” is one of the genre’s greatest albums — will finally be available on streaming services for the first time on March 3, the group announced Tuesday. The catalog, which has been held up for decades due to complex sample licensing and other legal issues, was acquired by Reservoir Media as part of the Tommy Boy Records catalog acquisition; Reservoir will distribute the catalog through its Chrysalis Records.

“The Reservoir and Chrysalis teams have worked with De La Soul and their record label, AOI, to bring their music to digital streaming services,” the announcement said. Reservoir is pleased to share that De La Soul’s first six albums, ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ (1989), ‘De La Soul Is Dead’ (1991), ‘Buhloon Mindstate’ (1993), ‘Stakes Are High’ (1996) ), ‘Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump’ (2000), and ‘AOI: Bionix’ (2001), will be available to fans everywhere on March 3rd 2023, on the 34th anniversary of the release of their debut album ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

The catalog precedes the Jan. 13 release of their single “The Magic Number” — the song, the opening track to “Three Feet High and Rising,” was used in the end credits of the 2021 blockbuster film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” but is legally available at the time. was not

The Long Island trio created one of the truly groundbreaking albums in hip-hop history with 1989’s “Three Feet High and Rising,” bringing a happy, psychedelic, full-bedecked vibe — dubbed the “Daisy Age” — to the album. In a genre primarily musically and lyrically aggressive and/or self-aggrandizing to that point. With songs like “Me Myself and I,” “Say No Go,” “The Magic Number” and previous single “Plug Toonin,” the album was certified platinum, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart (and the Billboard 200 Albums 24 on the chart) and is universally recognized as one of the best and most influential albums in hip-hop history.

But over the decades the album and the group’s other early recordings were plagued by legal problems with Tommy Boy (read more about it here), both stemming from the extensive use of obscure samples – an area that was an uncharted wild west at the time – and the group’s contract with the company. , which the members signed when they were teenagers. As a result, De La Soul’s classic early recordings are not available on streaming services; Members of the group claimed in 2019 that according to their contract, they would receive only 10% of streaming revenue and refused to sign off. Along with much of the late R&B singer Aaliyah’s catalog — a standoff that’s also, apparently, nearing resolution — it’s one of the few remaining major-artist holdouts from the streaming service.

De La Soul said, “We can’t believe this day is finally here, and we’re excited to share our music with fans old and new. Golnar, Rail, Faith and the Reservoir team have been great partners throughout this process. We’re grateful. That our relationship with them enabled it to happen.”

Faith Newman, Reservoir Executive Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development, added, “As someone who has dedicated my life to hip-hop for over 30 years, my relationship with the boys of De La Soul dates back to my earliest days in the industry. , and I can attest to how influential their catalog is in the genre.” He added, “When Reserver acquired Tommy Boy, we made the first call to De La Soul. We made a commitment to bring their music to streaming, and that meant our team Near World makes good on that promise and exposes a whole new generation of listeners to one of the most important catalogs in hip-hop history.”

Reservoir President and Chief Operating Officer Rel LaFargue also commented, “Bringing De La Soul’s music to the streaming service is a big moment for Reservoir, Chrysalis and fans everywhere. We identified this opportunity when we were in the early stages of acquiring Tommy Boy. Over the past 18 months, we’ve worked tirelessly with De La Soul, maintaining a heightened focus on honing the group’s original musical details, including bringing Prince Paul and the core team into the studio to prepare the catalog for streaming. He added, “It’s a real testament to our team and group that we’ve been able to execute these plans together. We couldn’t be prouder to support De La Soul in embracing their historic artistry and sharing their music with the world.” “

To celebrate the milestone, De La Soul will digitally release their hit single “The Magic Number” on January 13.m2023. The Chrysalis team, led by Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Lascelles, will provide extensive marketing support to the group with a robust release campaign that will include the release of these items during key events and activations now available for pre-order wearedelasoul.com.

Consisting of Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Trugoy (David Jude Jolicoeur), and Maseo (Vincent Lamont Mason Jr.), De La Soul formed at High School in Long Island, New York when they caught the attention of producer Prince Paul. On March 3, 1989, they released their debut album, 3 feet high and rising, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, was certified platinum by the RIAA, and was consistently ranked as the greatest album of all time by critics and notable publications. The album was included in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. 3 feet high and rising Some of De La Soul’s most beloved songs include “Me Myself and I,” “The Magic Number,” “Buddy” and “I Know.” In 2021, “The Magic Number” gained new recognition when it appeared in the closing credits of Marvel’s blockbuster film Spiderman: No Way HomeA sink placement secured by the reservoir team.

De La Soul subsequently released eight gold-selling albums De La Soul is dead And And someone anonymous… (2016). The group has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Performance #1 in 1990, the gold-selling hit “Me Myself and I” and Best Rap Album in 2017. and someone anonymous… In 2006, the trio won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for their collaboration with Gorillaz on “Feel Good Inc,” which also received nominations for Record of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video.

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