Stakes Is High is De La Soul's fourth full-length album, released on July 2, 1996. The album marked a change in the group's sound and direction as it was their first release not to be produced in collaboration with Prince Paul. Stakes Is High was mainly produced by the group themselves with additional tracks provided by Jay Dee, DJ Ogee, Spearhead X and Skeff Anslem.
Following the limited release of their Clear Lake Auditorium EP in 1994, De La Soul’s fourth album, Stakes Is High, was released in 1996 and continued the sound shift from their previous album, 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate. Prince Paul didn’t contribute to the production of this album, but De La Soul handled the bulk of the production along with contributions from Spearhead X, Skeff Anselm, DJ Ogee, and Jay Dee . J Dilla, who produced the album’s lead single, the title track Stakes Is High. The album shines a light on the state of the hip-hop industry through the songs and interludes.
TBCD 1149, tbcd 1149. Stakes Is High (CD, Album). Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy. TBCD 1149, tbcd 1149. The more I listen through De La's catalogue, the more I feel that perhaps Stakes Is High is their greatest release.
Tracklist: 1. Supa Emcees, 2. The Bizness, 3. Wonce Again Long Island, 4. Dinninit, 5. Brakes, 6. Dog Eat Dog, 7. Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby, 8. Long Island Degrees, 9. Betta Listen, 10. Itzsoweezee (Hot), 11. 4 More, 12. Big Brother Beat, 13. Pony Ride, 14. Stakes Is High, 15. Sunshine. 12. Big Brother Beat. More albums from De La Soul: De La Soul’s Hip Hop Mixtape by De La Soul. De La Soul Is Dead by De La Soul. Buhloone Mind State by De La Soul. 3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul. Crank It Up by De La Soul. Da Inner Soul Of Yancy) by De La Soul.
Everyone from Tribe to De La were singing his praises, so it was no surprise that the Detroit beatsmith was tapped to produce the first single from De La's fourth album, Stakes Is High. Released during the height of the East Coast vs. West Coast battle, the track took hip-hop opulence and gangster rappers to task, and found De La grumpy with the current drift of the culture. The beat is another Dilla treasure, showcasing one of his best traits-a gift for finding the most obscure sounds, sampling them, and turning them in to big records
Stakes Is high was De La Soul’s first album to not be produced be Prince Paul. Rather than having Prince Paul, a professional producer, produce the album De La Soul decided to take a crack at producing themselves. Regrettably, it did not turn out well. The production was noticeably sketchy on all tracks and the sad thing is some better production could have provided the zest this album so desperately needs. In summary, this CD has overall decent lyrics, is not memorable, has little to no playback value, a lot of filler, no really memorable tracks and lacking production. It’s a classic example.
But it's under these conditions that De La offered an album that was not only sonically excellent and creative and pure, but an album with the year's most relevant and prescient message. The stakes were indeed high.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of De La Soul's fourth studio album 'Stakes Is High', our buddy Chris Read couldn't resist cooking up yet another stellar mix of tracks from the LP, alternate versions, and original sample material. Listen up and enjoy! Artwork by Leon Nockolds Words by Alice Price-Styles. De La Soul – ‘Sunshine’ 12. Bayete – ‘Free Angela’ (sampled in ‘Sunshine’) 13. Ahmad Jamal – ‘Swahililand’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’) 14. De La Soul – ‘Stakes is High’ 15. De La Soul – ‘Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)’ 16. James Brown – ‘Mind Power’ (sampled in ‘Stakes is High’) 17. De La Soul feat Mos Def & Truth Enola – ‘Stakes is High (Remix)’ 18. Walter Wanderley – ‘Summer Samba’ (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’) 19. Jimmy Spicer – ‘Adventures of Super Rhyme’ (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’) 20. Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick – La Di Da Di (sampled in ‘Supa Emcees’) 21.