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 TRLyet 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
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.
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.
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
8. Set The Mood - featuring Indeed
9. All Good? - featuring Chaka Khan
11. Squat! - featuring Mike D and Ad Rock
12. Words From The Chief Rocker - featuring Busy Bee
13. With Me
14. Copa (Cabanga)
16. The Art Of Getting Jumped
17. U Don't Wanna B.D.S. - featuring Freddie Foxx