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Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

De La SoulVinyl
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (August 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • ASIN: B00004U45N
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spitkicker.Com/Say R.
2. U Can Do (Life)
3. My Writes
4. Oooh.
5. Thru Ya City
6. I.C. Y'all
7. View
8. Set the Mood
9. All Good
10. Declaration
11. Squat!
12. Words from the Chief Rocker
13. With Me
14. Copa (Cabanga)
15. Foolin'
16. The Art of Getting Jumped
17. U Don't Wanna B.D.S.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmm August 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Can you release a hip-hop album without cameos from Busta Rhymes and Redman? Will any reputable label allow it?
It's all so strange. De La Soul, once staunch enemies of 'rap and bulls**t' (their phrase), have returned from a four-year absence with Mosaic Thump, the first release of their proposed Art Official Intelligence trilogy. It's an unstable album packed with smoove production, ubiquitous 'special guests' (including the long-lost Busy Bee), several standout tracks, and a computer-generated narrator lifted straight from A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders.
Bumpiness aside, though, Mosaic Thump's freestyle sketches--including an uncredited bit by Phife Dog from ATCQ--continually amaze. As well, they illuminate the potential of the next AOI installment, which is rumored to be an MC battle record. (P.S. Listen close to the freestyle vocal me.) MC Indeed, a female artist I have never heard, lays waste to her peers on "Set The Mood". Also, it's cool to hear Tash and J-Ro from Tha Alkaholiks guest on the track "My Writes", which finds De La commenting on the state of contemporary hip-hop. And, uh, they aren't content, to say the least.
Lyrically, De La are kings. No one plays with English like they do. Even if you know their verses by heart, there's no way you can decipher all their references and hidden meanings. The fact that, years later, I can still get something out of Buhloone Mind State (any of their albums, really) means more to me than anything.
But here's my main criticism: I skip at least three tracks. I have never dissected any of De La's other albums. I can listen to them straight through, even De La Soul Is Dead, which has its share of difficult moments. Mosaic Thump has some backyard clunkers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De La Soul can't be faded... August 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After being in the hip-hop scene for 12 years or so, De La Soul just CANNOT be faded. With "Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump" being their 5th album (the 1st in an installment of 3--yes, expect two more De La Soul albums in the future...HA HA HEY!), these guys show up all of that Cash Money/No Limit garbage they call "hip-hop." Even though this album may have not been their most memorable or greatest in that matter, De La still comes with it and shows that they cannot and will not be vanished from the hip-hop scene like so many old school hip-hop artists have. The beats on "Art Official Intelligence" are still the usual De La...unique, bright, and of course, fresh. Even though I doubt there will be any classic songs from this LP that even come to par with their older work ("Say No Go," "Me Myself and I," "Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'," "Ring, Ring, Ring [Ha Ha Hey]," "Bitties in the BK Lounge," "Breakdawn," "Ego Trippin," "The Bizness"...etc., damn, I can go on forever!), it is still refreshing to hear hip-hop with a purpose and not the usual trash you hear on the radio..."Bling Bling/I'm All Iced Out/Big Ballin' With My Homies/Big Pimpin." On "Ohh," De La gets the last laugh when they rhyme about how all of those "jigga jigga/flossin' my ice" fools are just a bunch of rookies to them. Above all of that, it was great to see De La Soul share the mic with Chaka Khan ("All Good") and the Beastie Boys ("Squat"...even though I wasn't exactly feeling that cut). Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally some REAL Hip Hop August 11, 2000
By Jayrowe
Format:Audio CD
The new De La Soul joint represents a long awaited repreive from all the nihilistic materialism that has dominated the Hip-Hop scene for far too long. The music is positive, but not preachy. The production is tight and lyrics are sharp. Its clear that they wanted to give the album "mass appeal" because of the guest spots of the commercially accepted Busta and Redman, but they still stayed true to the De La sound. Although this album isn't ground breaking like 3 Feet High and Rising, De La still delivers one of the most banging "Real Hip-Hop" joints of the 2G (along with Common and Dead Prez). I'll be the first to admit that I'm nastalgic for the "old school" days of actual MCing and Deejaying, but if you're like me--sick and tired of garbage put out by Lay-Z, Demented Man X, and the Hot Buffons--go out and immediately cop Art Offical Intelligence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De La Strikes Again! August 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
De La Soul does it again with thier cleverly titled album Art Official Intelligence. Once again they merge thier old-school sensabilities and lyrics with other-worldly beats and melodies. This album is a keeper, fresh and innovative from start to finish. I challenge anyone to find fault with the stand out single "Oooh" featuring Redman, it'll have you reaching for that "repeat" button for sure. Real Hip-Hop head get ready for a chin-check...the age of AI is at hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For tha inner soul, ya'll December 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
after all these years, de la soul proved that you could make true hip hop music without resorting to the same tired cliches. i like the fact that they have never subjected themselves to trends and have always made music that came from their mind and heart...their style of rap has spawned countless imitators: arrested development, digable planets, and most recently black eyed peas. but there is only one de la. listen to this and hear why they are still the bomb.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars From the soul....
This CD is amazing. I slept on it when it came out and I really regret it. This CD is better than any hip hop coming out currently. Long live the golden age artists
Published 6 months ago by GD Esquire
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The CD was in good condition but did not come with a CD booklet. Other than that, ask was good
Published 12 months ago by kbiz
3.0 out of 5 stars from the native togue family
its me oh 10 back again with another review da la soul this one is ok you know da la they gonna hit you with nice beats but this one is only afew but its decent we all know what... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sound1
5.0 out of 5 stars this' album's goin' classic!
I got this the week it came out... and in the year 2010, as I'm typing this, it's still in my regular rotation. "With Me" is one of the all-time best slow-jams in hiphop history. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by K. Asche
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Album From An Underrated Series (Rating: 8 out of 10- -4.0...
Believe it or not, this was when I was first introduced to De La Soul when I was 14, when in mid 2000 came out with "Oooh!" with Redman. Read more
Published on March 17, 2008 by Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Certified Gem for him or her
Apparently a lot of reviewers took a star away from their rating on this album due to guest appearances by Redman and Busta Rhymes. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by C. Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars DE LA RETURNS
after a hiatus from releasing albums De La Soul returned with this. and believe me it does not dissapoint. Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by joehiphophead
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get old!
I have been listening to this CD by de la for months and it still has not gotten old! My personal favorites are "Thru ya city" and "copa cabana" but there are a lot of other good... Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by Mr. Answers
4.0 out of 5 stars Where to begin?
I'm kinda sick of readin all these reviews sayin how it's not as good as their old stuff or there are too many guests. If you like their old stuff you gotta be 30 years old. Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by Brendan Thayer
3.0 out of 5 stars Better, Stronger, Faster...?
The first installment of De La Soul's album Trilogy Art Official Intelligence is quite frankly not upto De La's usuall exceptional standards but does not fail to impress in... Read more
Published on June 16, 2003 by Mr. Ce Rivers
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