Are You In?

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  • Summary: The hip-hop group joins up with Nike for its Original Run series to release this continuous 45-minute iTunes-exclusive mixtape.
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  1. 80
    The production is fantastic, De La go in with the lyrics and Flosstradamus tied everything together perfectly though.
  2. What's really impressive: this is intelligent enough to satisfy the conscious-cats with enough inspiring socio-political discussion (see Gina Loring's "Poetic Greed"), poppy enough for the club with some hype-generating hooks, and ideal for a 45-minute workout.
  3. Given its one-off status and unique format, Are You In? is probably a diversion rather than a reinvention, a mixtape-style curio given big business backing, but hopefully some of its reinvigorated sonics find their way to the next proper De La Soul album.
  4. De La Soul has always worked better in lo-fi, and the cheesy Rock Band-like guitars and drums in the middle section sound suspiciously like Moby's disastrous collaboration with Public Enemy a couple of years ago, but this is still an album that clearly belongs to De La Soul, and they're not shy about it.
  5. Grab this if you need a solid work-out mix, but do not expect much more than that.
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  1. jamie
    May 26, 2009
    Good solid hooks and tracks throughout.