…of the two, “Mix Tape” is far more enjoyable. Live hip-hop recordings invariably fall flat, and the sound on “Tramps” is barely above answering-machine quality. Only on the classic “Potholes in My Lawn” does DJ Maseo sound like he’s in the same room. And this very same recording is also included on “Mix Tape,” along with an excellent flute-driven B-side and De La’s guest appearances on songs by DJ Honda and longtime collaborator Prince Paul.
As a party novelty, “Mix Tape” entertains, but “Tramps” is best left on the shelf.
Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.