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Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

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De La Soul ~ Art Official Intelligence-Mosa

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The first of their three-album Art Official Intelligence series, Mosaic Thump is a likable album, full of inspired moments. It's also the closest thing De La Soul have ever come to making a less-than-stunning LP. Maybe it's the contemporary production style that weakens songs like "U Can Do" and "I C Ya'll." Maybe it's the (far too) many cameos by bigwigs like Busta Rhymes and Redman and not enough by dark-horse newcomers like Indeed (who comes off nice on "Set the Mood"). De La haven't muzzled their intellectual bite on songs like "Declaration" and "View," and they can still get that rear in rotation with groovers like "With Me," and the funkalistic "Thru Ya City." But where they once left no doubt as to their status as hip-hop's brightest and most innovative group, De La now seem less extraordinary and more merely mortal. --Oliver Wang

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro/Say R.
  2. U Can Do (Life)
  3. My Writes - featuring Tash & J-Ro
  4. Oooh - featuring Redman
  5. Thru Ya City - featuring D.V. Alias Khrist
  6. I.C. Y'All - featuring Busta Rhymes
  7. View
  8. Set The Mood - featuring Indeed
  9. All Good? - featuring Chaka Khan
  10. Declaration
  11. Squat! - featuring Mike D and Ad Rock
  12. Words From The Chief Rocker - featuring Busy Bee
  13. With Me
  14. Copa (Cabanga)
  15. Foolin'
  16. The Art Of Getting Jumped
  17. U Don't Wanna B.D.S. - featuring Freddie Foxx


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Ada
  • ASIN: B00004U45L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 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.
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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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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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Very interesting maturity hip hop album. That takes me back in my 10th grade memories back in the fall of 2000. The year 2000 in hip hop was the Bling/Dirty South age when it went mainstream so bad. I can't hate on this album thus far, De La don't play that. EVER! This album is totally hip hop without being wack and corny. My favorite track on this album was none other than "Oooh", the first lead single produced by Prince Paul, it was the first time since Paul produced the group's 1993 album Buhloone Mind State. The Ghost Weed skits gives me goosebumps and very more excited. Although, Pharoahe Monch, Phife Dawg and The Roots lyricist Black Thought flips the scripts on these skits. That's amazing!! Man, back in 2000, mainstream/modern-day rap music was rising with the likes of Nelly, Ja Rule, Cash Money, Jay-Z, No Limit, and the other "so-called" rap artists were burining up the charts. De La ain't going out like that. Never have. Never will. EVER! Anyways, Mosaic Thump was a hilarious fresh start. If you want real hip hop classics released in 2000 from Slum Village, Deltron 3030, Common, Outkast, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Field Mob, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Lox, Ghostface Killah, Blackalicious, Beanie Sigel, Dead Prez, Big Pun (R.I.P.), DJ Quik, I suggest you get De La Soul's 2000 album if you're a real true hip hop fan. AOI:Mosaic Thump will solve your problems. You know that. Also, it won't confuse you. Remember that.

Tracks -
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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!!
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