The Bizness (feat. Common)
Wonce Again Long Island
Dog Eat Dog
Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
Long Island Degrees
4 More (feat. Zhane)
Big Brother Beat (feat. Mos Def)
Pony Ride (feat. Truth Enola)
Stakes Is High
De La Soul‘s fourth album. Release date: July 2, 1996.
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. It received mostly strong reviews but little commercial success.
After the album’s release, the group toured extensively and remained rather quiet before returning in 2000 with the first installment in their “Art Official Intelligence” series, Mosaic Thump.
Stakes Is High dealt with many topics, including the state of Hip Hop, the commercialization of the Hip Hop culture and criticism towards gangsta rap. This would cause great contempt with the late gangsta rapper 2Pac who would later retaliate on the song “Against All Odds” from his posthumous 1996 album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.