After seven months of stalled talks trying to work out a fair deal to put their first six albums onlline, Maseo, Pos and Tru have decided to give up and move on. The trio posted a statement to Instagram, letting fans know what's been going on behind the scenes.
“Well friends, after 30 years of profiting from our music and hard work…and after 7 long months of stalled negotiations, we are sad to say that we’ve been unable to reach an agreement and earn Tommy Boy’s respect for our music/legacy. With some helpful consulting and long careful consideration, we’ve decided we will not do our 30+ years the disservice of settling onTom Silverman’s terms. Tommy Boy says they are ‘not in the business of giving artists back their Masters.'... We realize, there is a process in reclaiming ownership but we do not trust Tommy Boy in this process after so many years of disappointment. Therefore, our catalog will not see the light of day by way of our involvement or consent. This means, if you see De La Soul music/albums available for streaming or purchase anywhere, BE AWARE, all parties involved WILL profit but De La Soul WILL NOT benefit or earn deservedly/fairly.”