Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

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Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
Art Official Intelligence Mosaic Thump.jpg
Studio album by De La Soul
Released August 8, 2000
Recorded 1998-2000
Genre Hip hop
Length 66:46
Label Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Producer De La Soul, Supa Dave West, Prince Paul, Rockwilder, Jay Dee, Mr. Khaliyl, and Deaf 2 U Inc.
De La Soul chronology
Stakes Is High
(1996)Stakes Is High1996
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
AOI: Bionix
(2001)AOI: Bionix2001
Singles from Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
  1. "Oooh."
    Released: 2000
  2. "Thru Ya City"
    Released: 2001
  3. "All Good?"
    Released: 2000
Alternative covers
Japanese cover
Japanese cover

Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump is the fifth studio album by American hip hop group De La Soul, it was released on August 8, 2000.


The album was the first in a planned three-disc installment, which was originally intended to be a three-disc album. Among the guests on the album are, Redman, Tash and J-Ro of Tha Liks, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Mike D and Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, Busy Bee, Freddie Foxxx and soul diva Chaka Khan.

Unlike their previous album, Stakes Is High, Mosaic Thump returned De La Soul to chart territory again thanks to the hit singles "Oooh.", and "All Good?". The album was also nominated for a Grammy.

The Japanese version of the album featured album art by celebrity hip hop-inspired manga artist Santa Inoue, owner of Santastic! Entertainment clothing line.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
Neumu 8/10 stars[6]
Robert Christgau A−[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice A−[9]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[11]

Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump generally received overall positive reviews from critics. James Poletti of Yahoo! Music gave the album an eight out of ten star review. "In keeping with the current vogue for hip hop albums with more guests than Letterman, over 50 per cent of this album features appearances from everyone from Redman to Chaka Khan", which he said may or may not have something to do with finding a unique voice in hip hop. "The really refreshing change with De La Soul is not simply their lack of bullshit but their proud rejection of hip-hop's nihilism."[11] Michael Goldberg of Neumu gave the album the same eight out of ten star review and simply said with the amount of guest stars in the album, "keeps things lively". "The grooves are righteous and the vibe is right" Goldberg stated.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

In their home country of United States, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling 81,000 copies in its first week.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. " / Say R. (Intro)" De La Soul 1:19
2. "U Can Do (Life)" Supa Dave West 4:23
3. "My Writes" (featuring Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit) Adlib, De La Soul 5:29
4. "Oooh." (featuring Redman) De La Soul, Prince Paul 5:24
5. "Thru Ya City" (featuring D.V. Alias Khrist) Jay Dee 3:29
6. "I.C. Y'All" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Rockwilder 3:21
7. "View" De La Soul 4:18
8. "Set The Mood" (featuring Indeed) Mr. Khaliyl 4:23
9. "All Good?" (featuring Chaka Khan) De La Soul 4:59
10. "Declaration" De La Soul 2:56
11. "Squat!" (featuring Beastie Boys) De La Soul 4:14
12. "Words From The Chief Rocker" (featuring Busy Bee Starski) De La Soul 1:01
13. "With Me" De La Soul 4:50
14. "Copa (Cabanga)" Supa Dave West 4:06
15. "Foolin'" De La Soul & Deaf 2 U Inc. 4:22
16. "The Art of Getting Jumped" De La Soul 3:48
17. "U Don't Wanna B.D.S." (featuring Freddie Foxxx) De La Soul 4:13


  1. ^ Inoue, Santa (2006). "De La Soul / Art Official Intelligence" (in Japanese). Tōkyō-to Shibuyaku Shibuya 1 Chōme 22 − 5: Santastic! Entertainment. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Art Official Intelligence (Mosaic Thump) Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bush, John. "De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Weingarten, Marc (August 18, 2000). "Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump: De La Soul". Entertainment Weekly (#555-556). 
  5. ^ Baker, Soren (August 4, 2000). "In a Surprise, De La Soul Plays Things Straight Up". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ a b Goldberg, Michael. "De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump". Neumu. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "De La Soul". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (August 17, 2000). "De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump". Rolling Stone (847). Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 2000). "Getting Them Straight". The Village Voice. p. 1. 
  10. ^ Jones, Steve (August 8, 2000). "Rap: De La Soul, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump". USA Today. 
  11. ^ a b Poletti, James (August 11, 2000). "De La Soul – 'Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump'". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on May 17, 2004. 
  12. ^ "De La Soul's Crowd-Funded Album Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rap Albums Chart". Billboard. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 

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