The LP, titled ‘Art Official Intelligence’, is out on August 7 through Tommy Boy. Redman also guests on the album’s first single, ‘Oooh’, which will be released in the UK on July 10.
‘Art Official Intelligence’ is the Long Island trio’s first LP since 1996’s ‘Stakes Is High’, and anticipation for the release has been building for nearly a year since reports first indicated the record would be a triple album, released on three separately available CDs. It now appears that ‘Art Official Intelligence’, the band’s fifth album, will be the first instalment of a trilogy of albums, but no release dates or titles for the remaining two have yet been confirmed.
‘Oooh’ is a mid-tempo track in keeping with the underground hip-hop feel of ‘Stakes Is High’. During the song the band and Redman drop in lyrics from various hip-hop hits of yesteryear, such as Run DMC‘s ‘Together Forever’, A Tribe Called Quest‘s ‘Can I Kick It?’ and ‘Don’t Scandalise Mine’, a 1988 club hit for the otherwise unknown Sugar Bear. Partly because of the many hooks, the record is already attracting significant club and radio play in the US.
De La Soul have also appeared on releases from labelmates over the past 18 months. They were featured on mix-tape DJ Tony Touch‘s ‘The Piece Maker’, released in April, as well as on their former producer Prince Paul‘s album, ‘To Catch A Thief’, which came out in 1999. Paul, a member of The Gravediggaz alongside Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA, produced De La Soul‘s epochal debut album, ‘3 Feet High & Rising’. It is not known as yet whether Prince Paul has worked on any of the new De La Soul album.
Meanwhile, visitors to Tommy Boy’s official website [url=]www.tommyboy.com have the opportunity to hear a track from ‘Art Official Intelligence’ in RealAudio. ‘Foolin’ is featured on the site’s De La Soul page. Visitors will need to have Flash installed to view the site.