AOI: Bionix - De La Soul
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  • Summary: The second installment in the "Art Official Intelligence" series (following 2000's 'Mosaic Thump') features the hit single "Baby Phat" and guest appearances from Slick Rick and Cypress Hill's B Real.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    An album that's as complex and mature as De La Soul has ever done, but also smooth, polished, and downright soulful enough to capture a whole new audience for these enduring hip-hop legends.
  2. The trio's most complete effort since 1996's Stakes Is High.
  3. Gone are the hippy, dippy platitudes of their do-good daisy age; replaced by the most bullish beats, the snakiest rhymes and the overwhelming sensation that you're listening to the undiluted thoughts of the three most intelligent men in hip-hop.
  4. Loose, relaxed, and enormously enjoyable.
  5. AOI:Bionix takes a belt sander to hip-hop's rougher edges, resulting in refinement, sophistication and undeniable accessibility.
  6. 70
    De La still think and sound like no one else. [Feb 2002, p.114]
  7. 40
    The disconnect between their always gnarly syntax and the suede-buffed production drains the album's energy. [#4, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. DWah
    Apr 5, 2002
    Desceptivley aggressive in it's attack on convention in music-industry refinement. Somewhat like a Lexus in the way it tethers raw power by delivering leveraged control deft reflexes and redundant comfort. I can even overlook the heavy moral under-tones. A spponful of sugar and all that. Collapse
    Feb 17, 2002
    C'mon... Classic DeLa. Smoove samples, great 808 parts, The Reverend Do-Good. Headless Horsemen Weed. And TRYIN" (the last track)A Tribe Called Quest Cover. If you like any DeLa then buy it you big scongilli head. Expand
  3. Philw.
    Feb 9, 2002
    Not as hooky as Mosaic Thump, but deep and soulful. The theme that keeps sneaking in - an adulthood well-rounded enough not to eschew adolescent pleasures when they are pleasurable - is as original in hip hop as the musical innovations they became famous for over a decade ago now were. And "Held Down" is as great a song - and sound - as they've ever released. Expand
  4. LawrenceP
    May 9, 2004
    A return to form.
  5. Jean-PaulM.
    Dec 20, 2001
    Any De La Soul fan will feel that this is the weakest and most boring album they've ever put out. I had it for a week and tried my hardest to like it. But I hust wasnt feeling it at all. Hell, I even like Mosaic Thump but theres no saving this one. Expand