Year: 2002
Original Label: Tommy Boy
New Label: Sanctuary BMG

Why They Left: The venture between Tommy Boy and Warner Bros. disbanded and while De La Soul's contract was shopped around the other Warner Music Group labels, they ultimately left the company. The group had struggles with the label before over the release of the AOI installments, but ultimately it was the collapse of the joint venture that lead them to move labels.

Career After They Left: De La Soul released The Grind Date in 2004 on Sanctuary/BMG Records, although fans were still expecting the third installment of AOI. They would go on to collaborate with the Gorillaz on "Feel Good Inc." which won the Best Pop Vocal Collab Grammy in 2005, and drop The Impossible: Mission TV Series - Pt. 1, an album of unreleased material on their AOI Records label.