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.
Stakes Is High" by De La Soul sampled Ahmad Jamal's "Swahililand". Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. knows how to make a beat, . BC1BC1 said 5 years ago: DIlla took the section from 8:06 to 8:11 -listen to "Stakes is High" again and you'll hear that this is the portion he looped for the sample. The original records' bongos aren't as loud in this section as in the earlier sections. 008Fox said 7 years ago
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.
De La Soul came through with this great album at the height of the east-west hip-hop rivalry in the mid-90s. This was a good change from the norm. Actually I think this album is why 2Pac dissed them. Anyway, if you are a firm De La Soul fan you won't be disappointed. Pos, Mace, Tru give a clinic on what true hip-hop should be in an era where a lot was being misrepresented from both coasts. This is a classic hip hop album. It perfectly describes what might happen to hip hop in a negative way if we the audience allow ourselves to be obsessed with materialism and a low level way of thinking. Keep in mind this album was released in 1996 and sadly most of hip hop has become low level thinking and very ignorant content with no lyrical substance. This album has great beats as well as lyrics.
Produced by De La Soul. Album Stakes Is High. Intro (Stakes is High) Lyrics Damn, where was I? Seventh grade Battlin' this other emcee Smokin' a blunt and drinkin' a 40 down lower east side with my niggas I have no idea where I was, it was so long ago I was on my way to a family reunion in a car on the Long Island Expressway when I heard it Roosevelt. I was outside of church when I was really little And I was doing the Wop with this girl Red Alert played one of the songs on the radio It was so long ag. .Recorded At World Recording Facility (New York). Release Date July 2, 1996. Stakes Is High De La Soul. 1. Intro (Stakes is High).
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
Hollywood, CA – De La Soul celebrates the 20th anniversary of its fourth studio album, Stakes is High this week. When the project was released July 2, 1996, the group, comprised of Posdnuos, Maseo and David Jude Jolicoeur, aka Trugoy, made a statement about the state of rap. Not many groups have the staying power to make a fourth album, so the message was personal, too. Stakes is High forced the group into a new creative zone as they parted ways with Prince Paul.
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Featuring – Common
|A4||Wonce Again Long Island|
Producer – Spearhead X
|B3||Dog Eat Dog|
|B4||Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby|
|B5||Long Island Degrees|
Featuring – ZhanéProducer – DJ Ogee
|C4||Big Brother Beat
Featuring – Mos DefProducer – Skeff Anselm
Featuring – Truth Enola
|D3||Stakes Is High
Producer – Jay Dee
- Pressed By – masterpiece
- Artwork – De La Soul, Michelle Williams
- Engineer [Assistent] – Sean Coffey
- Lacquer Cut By – Neil Devine
- Mastered By – Tom Coyne
- Mixed By – Tim Lathan*
- Photography By – Eric Johnson
NotesRecorded @ World Recording Facility by Guido Osorio except "Dinninit", "Stakes Is High", "4 more", "Big Brother Beat", "Sunshine" & "Itzsoweezee (Hot)" recorded @ Platinum Island by Tim Latham the "International Sound Pimp".
Information about lacquer cut and pressing derived from runout etchings.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Text): 5 029831 114910
- Barcode (String): 5029831114910
- Label Code: LC 9173
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): TTBV 1149 A1 - NEIL MASTERPIECE – DAMONT
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): TBV 1149 B1 – DAMONT
- Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched): TBV 1149 C1 - NEIL MASTERPIECE – DAMONT
- Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched): TBV 1149 D1 – DAMONT
|TB 1149||De La Soul||Stakes Is High (LP, Album)||Tommy Boy||TB 1149||US||1996|
|TBC 1149||De La Soul||Stakes Is High (Cass, Album)||Tommy Boy||TBC 1149||Europe||1996|
|TB 1175||De La Soul||Stakes Is High (LP, Album, Promo)||Tommy Boy||TB 1175||US||1996|
|HIGH||Dela Soul*||The Stakes Is High (12", Unofficial)||Not On Label (De La Soul)||HIGH||1996|
|TBCD 1149, 1699-81149-2||De La Soul||Stakes Is High (CD, Album, RE, RP)||Tommy Boy, Warner Strategic Marketing||TBCD 1149, 1699-81149-2||Europe||2003|