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De La Soul De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities & Classics/Live At Tramps, NYC 1996

After its stint as the most compelling act on Tommy Boy for 15 years, De La Soul was sold to Elektra, who summarily dropped them. Since these releases are Tommy Boy/Rhino comps, probably not a dime you drop for either will go to the band. Plus, the Mix Tape‘s remixes of "Me, Myself and I" and "Itzsoweezee" are a waste, and "More Than U Know" can be had for better value on Prince Paul‘s neglected Prince of Thieves. Live at Tramps is harder to resist. Mos Def, Common, and Jungle Brothers are on hand to remind you of De La‘s cultural worth, but unless you hear the band is getting a piece of this, then download it. You‘ll sleep better at night.

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