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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 manipulations...trust 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.Read more ›
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U Can Do (Life) feat. Xzibit and The Alkaholiks - East/West collaboration is banging!
Oooh feat. Redman - 5 STARS!! Thanks to my fav. producer Prince Paul on the track.
Thru Ya City feat. DV Alias Khrist - classic J. Dilla beat.
I.C. Y'all feat. Busta Rhymes - BANGING!!Read more ›
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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 artistsPublished on March 2, 2014 by GD Esquire
The CD was in good condition but did not come with a CD booklet. Other than that, ask was goodPublished on August 29, 2013 by kbiz
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 morePublished on March 18, 2013 by sound1
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 morePublished on January 31, 2010 by K. Asche
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 morePublished on March 17, 2008 by Chandler
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 morePublished on January 16, 2007 by C. Carr
after a hiatus from releasing albums De La Soul returned with this. and believe me it does not dissapoint. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by joehiphophead