De La Soul

De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics

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If this was a "mixtape" like the cover says, it would be a lot more fun. De La Soul's colorful sound would have been perfect in the hands of a quirky and smart DJ (old friend Prince Paul perhaps), and what if the quirky trio actually hosted it? The tracks on De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities and Classics aren't mixed together. Even the way they're sequenced on the disc doesn't make sense, although the folks at Rhino mercifully spared listeners the chore of listening to the two (one too many) remixes of "Stakes Is High" in order. At the very least, you do get easy access to some rare B-sides, appearances on other artists' albums, and promo tracks, but not all of them. The big find is the instrumental B-side "Piles and Piles of Demo Tapes Bi-Da Miles," with its rock-solid groove and crazy flute solo. The rest of the so-so rare tracks are upstaged by the group's appearances with other artists, including the great "More Than U Know" from Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves. If De La Mix Tape didn't include so many unaltered album tracks, it would be easy to write this underwhelming hodgepodge off as "for hardcore fans only." Not mixed, not really that rare, and missing a bunch of hits, you've got to wonder who De La Mix Tape is aimed at.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:49
2 3:32
3
feat: DJ Honda
3:46
4 4:06
5
feat: Busta Rhymes
3:20
6
feat: Mos Def
3:44
7
feat: Prince Paul
4:25
8 3:27
9 3:16
10 2:36
11 3:53
12 4:38
13 4:41
14 4:02
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