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De La Soul
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
Tommy Boy


Hip-Hop needs a diaper change. With complete disregard for what everyone else doing, De La has always put it down in a way that left all the other half-assed MC's speechless. This is your big brothers hip-hop— it's not made for TRL—yet it still has enough groove to make your ass move. After a four-year hiatus, De La is poised to reclaim their spot as the undisputed champ of thought provoking hip-hop. In a genre that is over saturated with enough self-indulgent, braggadocio emcees rappin' about how much "ice" they be rockin', how much ass they be gettin', or how hard they are, De La has always stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Yes sir, thinking man's hip-hop returns from the "dead". De La returns with their most ambitious release to date. Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, is the first of a trilogy that's set to drop within the next year or so. It's too early in the year to say for certain, but this just might just be the TRUE hip-hop album of the year (Attention critics who will name Eminem's, Marshall Mathers as album of the year) Art Official Intelligence takes the feel-good vibes of "Me, Myself and I" from their critically acclaimed debut, Three Feet High and Rising, and juxtaposes it with an unapologetic indictment of the current state of hip-hop.

Even with all the notable luminaries making cameo appearances on this album, (Redman, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, AD Rock and Mike D.) De La Soul hold their own. This album artfully puts together all the pieces that encompase the De La Soul sound. Overall it's an accurate snapshot of a vibrant, innovative career. This album should leave Marshall and all the Shady-Bizkit clones scratching their heads saying, "Damn!" If you're a true hip-hop head, you don't need to be told that this album shouldn't be slept on, and if you don't know, you betta' ask somebody.

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Track Listing:
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


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