De La Soul: “Live at Tramps, 1996,” “De La Mix Tape”


…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.

De La Soul: "Live at Tramps, 1996," "De La Mix Tape"| The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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