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Stakes Is High

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I look back on people like that and think about how they had that moment of clarity, where they looked around them and at things decaying in their society–whether it’s music or life, that’s where “Stakes is High” was at. Tip is playing this new beat for Pos from Dilla and based on the history that those two have, anytime Pos gave a head nod to some shit, Q-Tip ended up keeping the beat and try to make something out of it, so he tried to use reverse psychology on this particular one. Robert Christgau wrote: "After almost four years, Posdnuos and company emerge from the ether like the long-lost friends they are. I think that the energy we put into that song was similar to that of what Marvin Gaye put into “What’s Going On. Bigger sound and clarity is spot on, an absolute winner of a reissue (why can't there be more like this).

The music video for "Stakes Is High" has all three members of De La Soul on an episode of The Maury Povich Show (with Povich appearing as himself) about hip-hop culture in the 1990s and how much of an influence it is on the world, along with clips of each De La Soul member doing typical household chores (raking leaves, doing laundry, etc. I’m a beginner at this vinyl thing when it comes to assessing records but this sounds really good to my ears. 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. Stakes Is High helped introduce rapper Mos Def to a wider audience, on the track "Big Brother Beat".

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". Gangsta rapper 2Pac later retaliated on the song "Against All Odds" from his posthumous 1996 album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (as well as the unreleased song "Watch Ya Mouth" recorded during the same sessions). Stakes Is High was mainly produced by the group themselves, with additional tracks provided by Jay Dee, DJ Ogee, Spearhead X and Skeff Anslem.

Naughty By Nature member Treach also took serious offense at the record, creating a feud that only died down after about a decade and a half after Stakes Is High was released. All the tracks are as original from what I can hear, no edits which is too common with Hip Hop reissues. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Stakes Is High marked the first time De La Soul did not collaborate with longtime producer Prince Paul on an album, as the group felt that the production he turned in for it didn't match the album's mood.

The clip at the end of the final track, "Sunshine", closes the album with a young man saying "Yo, when I first heard 3 Feet High and Rising, I was" and then the clip is cut out in similar fashion to " Fight the Power" in Public Enemy's legendary album, Fear of a Black Planet. was a relentless attack on what De La saw as a decline, not only in hip hop music, but also in hip hop culture. Great to see so many other reviewers echoing what I'm feeling about this record - its absolute quality! The album marked a change in the group's sound and direction, as it was their first release not produced in collaboration with Prince Paul.

Like other De La Soul albums, Stakes Is High has a running theme, which in this case is the group's concern about the state of rap, as well as the state of hip hop culture and how it is regarded in general. 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"). 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). I’m not sure how the record itself sounds, but the cover looks amazing and it arrived protected and in perfect condition. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Stakes Is High deals with many topics, including the state of hip-hop, the commercialization of hip-hop culture, and criticism of gangsta rap. A very sobering, serious track that differs vastly from the playful music that De La Soul has always been known for. The streaming version of the album divides "The Bizness" into two tracks, "The Bizness" and "Yunonstop". But Stakes Is High — working with other artists and pulling in music from different places — that was a challenging album. At the end of track 9, "Long Island Degrees", a "redneck" explains why he hates rap music ("There's no music in it.



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