De La Soul ‘Stakes is High’ 20th Anniversary

Release date: 2nd July 1996

Label: Tommy Boy
Producers: De La Soul, Spearhead X, Skeff Anslem, O.Gee, Jay Dee

Profile (Courtesy of Wikipedia):

“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.”

Additional info:

- Listen to Chris Read’s 20th Anniversary tribute mixtape for Wax Poetics x WhoSampled
- De La Soul speak to Okayplayer about the legacy of the LP on its 20th Anniversary.
- The album comes in at #8 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1996.
- The lead single ‘Stakes is High’ comes in at #16 in Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1996.
- The track ‘Stakes is High’ appears on our Classic Material 1996 mixtape.

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