Q-Tip famously rapped the iconic line, “Industry rule number four-thousand-and-eighty/Record company people are shady” and De La Soul has learned that lesson firsthand this week. Taking to social media, the Plugs let fans know that while their back catalog will be coming to streaming services, the royalty splits will be quite imbalanced in favor of the label.
On Monday (Feb. 25), the De La Soul Instagram page had news for hopeful fans that seemed to signal that their older albums will be available to all DSPs soon.
“Dear fans…just got off the phone with Tommy Boy Records…negotiations (or lack there of) to release our catalog on all streaming platforms..uh oh,” read the post.
It was followed today (Feb. 26) with a post of both good and bad news depending on where one stands.
“Dear Fans…The music WILL be released digitally,” the post opens. It continued with, “After 30 long years of good music and paying their debt to Hip Hop, De La Soul unfortunately, will not taste the fruit of their labor. Your purchases will roughly go 90% Tommy Boy, 10% De La. Thank you. Sincerely Yours, #thephantom2milliondollardebt.”
While the release of the music is a music lover’s dream, the fact that the split is unfair has some fans reacting on Twitter and we have those reactions below.
Love VMP but F*CK Tommy Boy and how they’re doing De La. That’s 30 years bad karma for anyone involved in shorting De La Soul.— Pete Prohaksa (@buffalasagna) February 26, 2019
@TomSilverman taking 90% from De La Soul?! How can you sleep at night! That's criminal and morally wrong. In my eyes your a thief and I boycott Tommy Boy #respecttheartist #longlivedelasoul @DeLaSoulsDugout— mizJones (@alisaj303) February 26, 2019
When De La Soul released their albums a few years back (for Valentine’s Day?) I was able to acquire them digitally but I’ve also purchased and supported them in the past. It’s a shame how Tommy Boy is doing them.— Mr. Marin (@MrMarinKnows) February 26, 2019
But like @QtipTheAbstract said: “Record Company People Are SHADY”
90% tommy boy records and 10% de la soul? how greedy can non creators get??— bug_ (@bugunderscore_) February 26, 2019
Tommy Boy is taking 90% from De La Soul in 2019— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) February 26, 2019
De La Soul only seeing 10% of streaming sales from their classic catalogue. This shit is wild 🤦🏿♂️— Quarantine James 🏁🇻🇨 (@kingjames718) February 26, 2019
De La Soul’s music is finally coming to streaming, but their former label Tommy Boy is taking 90% of the money. SMH. pic.twitter.com/K8W0EHMObs— UnitedMasters (@unitedmasters) February 26, 2019
Hey @TomSilverman De La Soul deserves their dough for those projects— SHOOTER McGAVIN (@KingMikeBeon) February 26, 2019