De La Soul officially “owns all the rights to their masters.” Hypebeast notes the acquisition in an announcement by Talib Kweli.
“After years of being taken advantage by the recording industry in the worst possible ways, De La Soul now owns all the rights to their masters and is in full control of the amazing music they have created,” Kweli wrote. “Let’s salute Plugs 1, 2 and 3 for sticking to their guns and showing us that we can all beat the system if we come together as a community. Let’s hear it for black ownership of black art! Congratulations fellas…”
Reservoir Media purchased Tommy Boy Records for $100 million, and included in that sale was the full catalog of De La Soul, who stated they reached out to the group to work on a deal. Now it appears that deal is completed. Check out the announcement below.