Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump Less a brainstorm than a quiet storm, De La Soul's latest, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump , doesn't blaze new trails as much as it… Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump Less a brainstorm than a quiet storm, De La Soul's latest, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump , doesn't blaze new trails as much as it… De La Soul Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2014)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: De La Soul; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Less a brainstorm than a quiet storm, De La Soul's latest, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, doesn't blaze new trails as much as it blithely hopscotches through a chill out lounge of modest beats and a chop shop full of spare samples. Sporting more cool cameos (Chaka Khan, the Beasties' Mike D and Ad Rock) than a political convention, the album is hardly a De La paradigm shifter, but alas, even the great ones have to sit out on the innovation tip sometimes. B+

Originally posted Aug 18, 2000 Published in issue #555-556 Aug 18, 2000 Order article reprints