De La Soul: Stakes Is High (Vinyl 2xLP)
De La Soul: Stakes Is High (Vinyl 2xLP)

De La Soul: Stakes Is High (Vinyl 2xLP)

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De La Soul created the D.A.I.S.Y. (Da Inna Sound, Y'all) philosophy on their brilliant and weird debut, Three Feet High and Rising (making them the first - and probably only - hip-hop act to appropriate a Johnny Cash song for their album title). Then they tried to kill the Daisy with their follow-up, De La Soul Is Dead and then tried to find their way through the aftermath of that unnecessary act on Buh-Loone Mind State.

Finally, a full three albums from their first, De La finds their footing with Stakes Is High. Here, they're no longer so self-conscious and it's easy to remember why you liked them enough in the first place to stick with them through the hard times. With unfaltering lyrical dexterity, they get to ask the question, "Whatever happened to the Emcees?" ("Super-Emcees"), skewer the industry ("The Bizness," with some help from that super MC, Common), and even shout out to their birthplace, Long Island, twice (on "Long Island Degrees" and the break-down-funky "Wonce Again Long Island"). - Todd Levin 

Stakes is High was critically lauded for its music, lyricism, and its overall message concerning the artistic decline rap music began to face in the mid-90s. The title track and first single was produced by J Dilla and the album's second single, "Itzsoweezee (HOT)", with only Dave on vocals, was accompanied by a creative music video. The album spawned a third single "4 More", featuring Zhane.

The album did provide a launching pad for future star rappers and actors Mos Def, who appeared on the track "Big Brother Beat" and Common who is featured on "The Bizness.

2023 reissue, pressed on double black vinyl.
  1. Intro
  2. Supa Emcees
  3. The Bizness (Featuring Common)
  4. Wonce Again Long Island
  5. Dinninit
  6. Brakes
  7. Dog Eat Dog
  8. Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
  9. Long Island Degrees
  10. Betta Listen
  11. Itzsoweezee (Hot)
  12. 4 More (Featuring Zhané)
  13. Big Brother Beat (Featuring Mos Def)
  14. Down Syndrome
  15. Pony Ride (Featuring Truth Enola)
  16. Stakes Is High
  17. Sunshine

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