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De La Soul
Stakes Is High
Chrysalis Records
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Release Date
June 2, 2023


Press Release

Stakes is High is the 4th studio album by De La Soul, released on July 2, 1996.

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."

Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Supa Emcees
  3. The Bizness
  4. Yunonstop
  5. Wonce Again Long Island
  6. Dinnit
  7. Brakes
  8. Dog Eat Dog
  9. Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Ooh Baby
  10. Long Island Degrees
  11. Betta Listen
  12. Itzsoweezee (HOT)
  13. 4 More
  14. Big Brother Beat
  15. Down Syndrome
  16. Pony Ride
  17. Stakes is High
  18. Sunshine

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