After decades of failed negotiations involving sample clearances and contractual issues, the music of rap legends De La Soul will finally be available on streaming services on March 3. The move was made possible after the trio’s first six albums, including its all-time great 1989 debut Three Feet High and Rising, were acquired by Reservoir Media as part of a deal with De La Soul’s longtime label Tommy Boy Records.
Ahead of the full catalog, the single “The Magic Number” will arrive on streaming sites on Jan. 13. Besides Three Feet High and Rising, the streaming arrivals include 1991’s De La Soul Is Dead, 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate, 1996’s Stakes Is High, 2000’s Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, and the following year’s AOI: Bionix. Proper reissues of the catalog are also planned for 2023, starting with new vinyl, CD, and cassette editions of Three Feet High and Rising on March 3.
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