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AOI: Bionix

AOI: Bionix is De La Soul's sixth full-length album, released in 2001. The album was the second in a planned three-disc installment, which was originally intended to be a three-disc album.


The first single, "Baby Phat" featuring Yummy Bingham and Devin the Dude, was an ode to larger sized women. Elsewhere, "Held Down", featuring Cee-Lo, found Posdnous in an introspective mood as he mused on fatherhood, religion, and fame. Slick Rick also made an appearance on "Things We Do (For Love)"; a humorous song about puberty and sexual discovery. Plans were made to release the Kev Brown-produced "Special" (featuring Yummy Bingham) as the second single, however Tommy Boy soon folded as a label, cutting short any further promotion of Bionix. Like many Hip-Hop albums, there is an official instrumental version of the album available on vinyl, with artwork.


The album featured skits with a character by the name of "Reverend Do Good". The skits worked as social commentary as well as the intros and outros to the songs. The final Reverend Do Good skit acts as one final advertisement for "Ghost Weed" as heard on De La Soul's previous LP, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump. A mischievous teenager takes a hit of the substance, then morphs into Slum Village frontman J Dilla, who provides the intro and outro to the marijuana-themed song "Peer Pressure".

Track listing

  1. "Intro" – 0:29
  2. "Bionix" – 2:43
  3. "Baby Phat" (featuring Devin the Dude and Yummy Bingham) – 3:50
  4. "Simply" – 4:05
  5. "Simply Havin'" – 0:48
  6. "Held Down" (featuring Cee-Lo) – 4:54
  7. "Reverend Do Good #1" – 1:05
  8. "Watch Out" – 3:37
  9. "Special" (featuring Yummy Bingham) – 3:36
  10. "Reverend Do Good #2" – 1:14
  11. "The Sauce" (featuring Philly Black) – 2:25
  12. "Am I Worth You?" (featuring Glenn Lewis) – 4:01
  13. "Pawn Star" (featuring Shell Council) – 4:06
  14. "What We Do (For Love)" (featuring Slick Rick) – 5:04
  15. "Reverend Do Good #3" – 2:20
  16. "Peer Pressure" (featuring B-Real & Jay Dee) – 5:09
  17. "It's American" – 1:09
  18. "Trying People" – 4:31

Album singles

Single information
"Baby Phat"

  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: "Watch Out"

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