The long-awaited album from good-vibe rappers De la Soul hits stores Tuesday, as does a new album from "Mr. Bombastic" singer Shaggy.
Rap trio De la Soul's Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump is their first album since 1996's Stakes Is High.
The album has a host of contributors, including Redman, who raps on the album's first single, the bouncy, twangy "Oooh" (RealAudio excerpt). Mike D and King Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys trade off lyrics in "Squat."
The album also features the single "Thru Ya City," a remake of Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City." Other guests on the album include Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan and Xzibit.
Deep-voiced dancehall singer Shaggy, who sang the hits "Oh Carolina" and "Boombastic," returns with Hotshot, his first album since 1997's Midnite Lover. This time around, he teams with mega-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the single "Dance and Shout."
Orlando, Fla.'s Virginwool will release their debut album, Open Heart Surgery. Produced by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt), the pop-rock album features the singles "Climbing Boulders" and "I Think Her Mother Loves Me."