Joe Budden Breaks Down In Tears Over De La Soul's Miniscule Earnings On Streaming Services

"For this to be happening to one of the greatest albums ever made. At some point, it has to get away from the business side and onto a moral compass…like how do we sleep at night?”

Joe Budden is known for his outspoken nature and causing controversy with his no holds barred approach to stating his (at times) unpopular opinions. His penchant to stay true to his convictions led him to shed tears on Revolt’s State Of The Culture about legendary hip hop group De La Soul’s plight with their latest streaming endeavor.

In a recent interview with Sway Colloway, the group detailed that their extensive discography would finally be distributed on various streaming platforms after years of being largely unaccessible (aside from a one-day experiment where the group made all their albums available for free on Dropbox). But the problem is that their label, Tommy Boy, who owns the rights to their music is getting a reported 90 percent of the cut, while De La Soul are only getting 10 percent of the profits made from the streams. The seemingly unfair contractual stipulation got under Budden’s skin as he and the other show’s hosts Remy Ma, Scottie Bean and Jinx voiced their opinions on the matter at the 1:11:45 mark in the video above.

“I’m teary because that’s just depressing to hear, but they sell us depression,” Joe began. “When you think of the stories being the same for this amount of years. Like when you look at De La telling you their battles from 30 years ago.”

“I was really angry when I was watching that interview and they said ‘Tommy Boy gave f**k deals to everybody, but it was the only place where we could have creative control,’ he continued. “There is something off in that exchange and I unfortunately identify with it too well because Def Jam was a piece of s**t but I thought I’d be able to say what I wanted to say. For this to be happening to one of the greatest albums ever made. At some point, it has to get away from the business side and onto a moral compass…like how do we sleep at night?”

As a collective all the hosts agreed that De La Soul’s end of the bargain is an unfair one. And also spoke about the issue that comes with clearing off samples in the music industry. In a recent interview with Billboard, the group spoke about the complex conundrums that come up when clearing samples for profit and other legal rights. And why they took a deal that wasn’t the best during their youth.

“We’re kids. People want to blame just like when you look at sports and they want to blame a player for losing their cool, but these are kids getting money. But let me take the line off that and put it back on this,” Maseo said. “We were kids, man. Someone was willing to invest in our dream. $13,000, or $2,000, at the end of the day, creatively, we’re allowed to do whatever the hell we want musically. What happens from what they do with it to when we’re making it, we don’t know this part.”

“We could turn around and be the ones who someone could say you’re sharing this little bit of seven drops of water Tommy Boy gave you to now have to come and split with the people you sampled,” Pos added.

Luckily, the group is getting support from Nas and Jay-Z (TIDAL is not streaming the group's music on their platform). On Monday, March 4, De La Soul announced on Instagram that Tommy Boy has postponed the streaming release of their catalog, and that negotiations would begin soon. Watch De La Soul's interview on Sway's Universe below.

 

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Throughout their performance, a bevy of beautiful women have brief interludes that go from talking in a vaporized infused telephone booth to breaking into a sexy dance group sequence. "We are very happy to be able to share this new single with the fans of the reggaetón genre, we are sure that they will enjoy this song as much as we do,” Nicky said in a press release.

Despite the video featuring a slew of women, it's worth noting that it looks sexy but classic. Jam prides himself in creating this type of imagery in his visuals. In 2017, he told Billboard, "Our audience is so broad that we have to make videos where women look beautiful and conservative and are treated with respect because the videos are seen by kids and adults," he said. "Other reggaetóneros who do what they do are targeting one audience. They don’t have the same responsibility we do."

In addition to releasing new music, Nicky Jam is kicking off his "Intimo Tour 2019" on April 11 in Chicago and will go through the month of May. Watch the video for "Te Robare" above.

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Premiere: Tommie of 'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Calls On Anthony Hamilton For 'Truth' Music Video

"With every trial is a testimony!" Tommie tells VIBE. "Here is mine."

With that, the The Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star drops her new music video for "Truth." The song sees her recounting a lifetime of struggles - sexual assault, birthing her child in jail, homelessness, and more, while a soulful Anthony Hamilton sings a hook that congratulates her for how far she's come. The video, directed by illHD and Tommie herself, splits between its own storyline and vintage footage of her life.

“This is/was my real life! Beyond the lights. I wanted to share with the people the back story, my whole truth," Tommie said. "In doing so I hope to motivate others struggling with their truth to not be afraid and be inspired to not give up!”

Watch the video for Tommie and Anthony Hamilton's "Truth" above.

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Rich The Kid, Nav, And More Friday Music Releases You Need To Hear

Mar. 2019 was a pretty slow month, but we are back with a new list of the hottest Friday releases. From Rich the Kid to Nav and more, here are all of the Friday music releases that you need to hear below.

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Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2

Rich the Kid is back with The World Is Yours 2. The 16-track project features Offset, Big Sean, Tory Lanez, Gunna, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. The album also includes the pre-released singles, "Splashin'" and "4 Phones."

This is Rich the Kid's second studio album. It is a sequel to The World Is Yours, which was released in Mar. 2018.

Listen to Rich the Kid's new album below.

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Nav – Bad Habits

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Nav dropped the tracklist and video teaser ahead of the album's release. The preview includes behind-the-scenes footage of the rapper's past live concerts.

The album is completely produced by The Weeknd. Listen to Bad Habits below.

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Cantrell – DEVIL NEVER EVEN LIVED

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“I wanted to go deeper into me, what I’ve come from, and how that may have shaped the young man that created Stardust 2 Angels,” Cantrell said in a statement about the album. “I wanted to show it all, the good and the bad that brought me to this point... I’m asking for listeners' time so they deserve that much, if not more.”

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Megan Thee Stallion – "Sex Talk"

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"Can I f**k ya to a trap beat? He said girl you tryin' to trap me?/Ah hell nah, ni**a no I ain't (What?)/You can hit that door, here go ahead leave," she raps over the bass-heavy beat.

"Sex Talk" is projected to land on the Houston rappers forthcoming album Fever, which is slated to hit streaming shelves in Apr 2019. Stream the Stallion's "Sex Talk" below.

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Jacquees ft. Lil Baby – "Your Peace"

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