Producer-MC Jay Dee made his name with A Tribe Called Quest as part of the Ummah production crew, and Slum Village refine the laid-back sound he helped to invent, with cushy jazz keyboards all over the place. Jay Dee raps along with fellow members Baatin and T3 but submerges the vocals deep in the mix until they become a subliminal sound effect — a wise strategy, since the raps that float to the surface are nothing special.
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It doesn't help that the production tends to be weak and colorless, particularly when compared to the Technicolor vividness once provided by longtime collaborator Prince Paul. AOI is probably De La Soul's weakest record to date, but plenty of the group's peers would be proud to call it their own. The A. Entertainment Weekly Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone Archived from the original on The Village Voice.
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