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Barnes & Noble - Ron Hart
De La Soul must be the only group in hip-hop history to release five consecutive albums without a turkey in the lot. This mighty Strong Island crew continue to pitch the perfect career average with the second installment of their ambitious Art Official Intelligence trilogy. Having made consistency their hallmark, De La Soul aren't out to blow minds with every track, and unlike the instant appeal of its Y2K predecessor, Mosaic Thump, this one's definitely a grower. But these veterans can still knock a few out of the park. After a few listens, tracks such as the vibrant ode to womanly thickness, "Baby Phat," and the Paul McCartney-sampled bell rocker, "Simply," reveal themselves to be as flavorful as the tastiest tracks on De La's seminal 3 Feet High and Rising. Other noteworthy tracks include "Held Down, " an uplifting slice of urban gospel guest-arranged by soul legend Willie Mitchell and featuring Goodie Mobster Cee-Lo; "What We," which teams Plugs 1 and 2 with Slick Rick; and "Peer Pressure," which finds B-Real of Cypress Hill and DJ Maseo trying to convince notorious weed hater Posdnuos to take a puff. Rounding out the set is the phenomenal Trugoy-penned "Trying People," which ranks alongside Buhloone Mindstate's "I Am I Be" and De La Soul Is Dead's "Keepin' the Faith" as one of the trio's best singles ever. With solid hits such as these, Bionix proves that with more than a decade in the game, De La Soul are in no need of life support.
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Ever since their 1989 debut with 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul have puzzled fans by continually resisting the laid-back grooves and intelligent message tracks of hip-hop's best first album ever. From their sophomore rebuke, De La Soul Is Dead, to the harder-than-thou Mosaic Thump, the trio has often sacrificed happiness for hardcore, even when it's clear they do positivity better than any other rap group. Bionix, the second volume in De La Soul's comeback trilogy, Art Official Intelligence, presents the trio in astronaut gear on the cover, while inside a female-vocal intro proclaims the new De La Soul: "Better, stronger, faster." Listeners a bit doubtful after the rapid disappearance of first installment Mosaic Thump can rest easy; the trio sounds positively refreshed here, finally content to concentrate on its specialties: wrapping groovy, sparkling productions around smart, sympathetic themes with rapping that doesn't scrimp just because they're not gangsta. "Baby Phat" is first, a wickedly wonderful tribute to the beautiful black woman in all of her various shapes and figures. Producer Dave West spins a beautiful sample from Wings' "Wonderful Christmas Time" for the highlight, a mid-tempo hand-waver named "Simply." Though this is by no means a hardcore album, the trio also spits a few bars, criticizing the easy answers of organized religion on "Held Down" as well as on the three "Rev. Do Good" interludes scattered during the rest of the LP. De La Soul handed virtually all of the production duties over to the talented West, and it pays off doubly, not only giving Bionix a great sense of album flow, but freeing up the trio to concentrate on its excellent rapping probably the best since their debut. It hardly seemed possible that De La Soul were capable of such incredible work after being lapped by most of the hip-hop world, but Bionix ranks right up there with 3 Feet High and Rising.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2001
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 016998136225
  • Catalog Number: 1362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:29)
  2. 2 Bionix (2:43)
  3. 3 Baby Phat - Yummy Bingham (3:50)
  4. 4 Simply (4:05)
  5. 5 Simply Havin (0:48)
  6. 6 Held Down (4:54)
  7. 7 Reverend Do Good #1 (1:05)
  8. 8 Watch Out - José "Perico" Hernández (3:37)
  9. 9 Special - Yummy Bingham (3:36)
  10. 10 Reverend Do Good #2 (1:14)
  11. 11 The Sauce - Philly Black (2:25)
  12. 12 Am I Worth You? - Glenn Lewis (4:01)
  13. 13 Pawn Star - Shell Council (4:06)
  14. 14 What We Do (For Love) - Soulstice (5:04)
  15. 15 Reverend Do Good #3 (2:20)
  16. 16 Peer Pressure - B Real (5:09)
  17. 17 It's American (1:09)
  18. 18 Trying People (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
De La Soul Primary Artist
Larry Goldings Organ
Troy Hightower Voices
Hop Wilson Voices
Jay Dee Monologue
Darius Booker Choir Master
Soulstice Voices
Jason Spears Announcer
Kyle Williams Guitar
Melanie Davies Choir Master
Mike Lewis French Horn
Cláudia Voices
Glen Mosley Organ, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Slick Rick Contributor
Elijah Contributor
De La Soul Producer, Executive Producer
Devin Contributor
Jose Hernandez Contributor
Troy Hightower Producer, Digital Editing
Kevin Lewis Producer, Digital Editing
Jay Dee Producer
Brian Robinson Business Consultant
Tom Coyne Mastering
Cee Lo Green Contributor
Kochi Sato Stage Crew
Joshua Contributor
Mansa Contributor
B Real Contributor
Chris Atlas Contributor
Michelle Bayer Business Consultant
Kevin Wolahan Art Direction
Pos Plug Won Producer
Glen Lewis Contributor
Kev Brown Producer
Supa Dave West Producer
Marjorie Smith Contributor
Dave O'Donnell Contributor
David Jolicouer Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DE LA SOUL LIVES

    i saw the kings of rap live doing a few songs from the album in nyc. they NEVER disappoint go get it NOW

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