DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz stylings helped take Tyler, The Creator'sCALL ME IF YOU GET LOST to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 last month.
their newly acquired catalog, which theyd been fighting Tommy Boy Records for over the past two decades. De La released six albums with the iconic Hip Hop label, including the 1989 classic 3 Feet High and Rising, 1991s De La Soul is Dead, 1993s Buhloone Mindstate and 1996s Stakes Is High. The groups last album with the label, AOI: Bionix, dropped in 2001. Although Dave had difficulty getting both Maseo and Posdnuos on the screen at the same time, they were finally up and running roughly 30 minutes after the intended start time of 3 p.m. ET. Over 3,000 people tuned in to celebrate the good news, many of them friends of the legendary Hip Hop trio. The Beat Junkies DJ Rhettmatic, J. PERIOD and Questlove were among the many who chimed in with celebratory comments. A post shared by De La Soul (@wearedelasoul) But DJ Dramas comment stood out among the rest. Lets do a De La Gangsta Grillz! he wrote with the excitement of a little kid getting cotton candy at the county fair, although De La didnt directly respond to the generous offer. Instead, they continued to talk about the relief they felt after years of failed negotiations, stress and emotional turmoil. We dont want to relive the past, Dave said. But we are happy the Tommy Boy chapter is over. Maseo, who finally joined about 45 minutes late (not purposely or on Maseo Standard Time, as he put it), explained the importance of having people on your team who are the best in their respective fields. Pos, Mase and Dave were barely out of their teens when they signed the Tommy Boy contract and didnt really understand the legal jargon that came with the paperwork. Instead, they trusted an attorney who was supposed to look out for their best interests. You can never really do it yourself, Maseo said. You always need a team and its only good to have those who specialize in what they do. I am really looking forward to this relationship with Reservoir Media. Dave then chimed in, We got 20 more years in the books! Reservoir Media acquired the Tommy Boy Records catalog in June for $100 million, providing a little hope for their Tommy Boy saga to finally be over. Weve been through a lot, Maseo added. It was tough on the three of us. One thing I can honestly, when we on the same page, the magic is there. When we not on the same page, thats family tryin to to figure it out, to which Dave replied, Its been a long four years. Maseo concluded, I honestly want to thank god for being the spiritual force in all of us. I want to thank yall. I want to thank the fans. To all the DJs in the community, thank you for keeping the music alive. I love you Kid Capri. I love you Break Beat Lou. All my brothers from the Beat Junkies. All my DJ brothers, I love you for your support. This was a very joyous occasion for me. A post shared by De La Soul (@wearedelasoul) Dave also noted how integral the #TommyBoycottwas to getting the job done. We got some feedback when we started the #TommyBoycott, Dave said. We felt like the fight was right and that inspired us to keep fighting for the last four years. So yeah, November 2021. Forgive me for not knowing what the hell Im doing on Instagram. We will keep you posted on when the music will be released. Read more