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Stakes Is High by De La Soul

Stakes Is High

by De La Soul


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Barcode: 0810098503006
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“Stakes Is High” represents the fourth studio album by the American hip-hop ensemble De La Soul, released on 2 July 1996, under the label Tommy Boy Records. This album marked a significant departure in the group’s sonic landscape and creative direction, as it marked their first foray without the collaborative production touch of Prince Paul. Instead, “Stakes Is High” primarily saw the group take on production duties themselves, with supplementary contributions from Jay Dee, DJ Ogee, Spearhead X, and Skeff Anslem. This record is often regarded as De La Soul’s most somber and contemplative work. While it garnered critical acclaim, it did not achieve the substantial commercial success it deserves.

“Stakes Is High” stands as the initial project where De La Soul ventured beyond their enduring partnership with producer Prince Paul. The decision was prompted by a sense that Paul’s production did not align with the album’s intended atmosphere.

Following the album’s release, the group embarked on an extensive tour and maintained a relatively low profile until their return in 2000 with the commencement of their “Art Official Intelligence” series, inaugurated by “Mosaic Thump.”

“Stakes Is High” delves into a plethora of topics, encompassing the state of hip-hop, the commodification of hip-hop culture, and a critical examination of gangsta rap. Notably, 2Pac responded with the song “Against All Odds” from his posthumous 1996 album “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” and an unreleased track, “Watch Ya Mouth,” recorded during the same sessions. Additionally, Naughty By Nature member Treach took profound offense at the record, sparking a feud that eventually subsided over a decade and a half after “Stakes Is High” made its debut.

“Stakes Is High” served as a platform to introduce rapper Mos Def to a broader audience through the track “Big Brother Beat.” Furthermore, Common made an appearance on “The Bizness,” adding to the album’s notable collaborations.

A1 Intro
A2 Supa Emcees
A3 The Bizness - feat Common
A4 Yunonstop
A5 Wonce Again Long Island
B1 Dinninit - feat Spearhead X
B2 Brakes
B3 Dog Eat Dog
B4 Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
B5 Long Island Degrees
C1 Betta Listen
C2 Itzsoweezee (Hot)
C3 4 More - feat Zhané
C4 Big Brother Beat - feat Mos Def
D1 Down Syndrome
D2 Pony Ride - feat Truth Enola
D3 Stakes Is High
D4 Sunshine
Catalogue No.: RMM0541
Barcode: 0810098503006
Genre: Hip Hop
Label: Chrysalis
Released: 2023
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, undefined

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