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.
It received mostly strong reviews but little commercial success. Stakes Is High marked the first time the group did not collaborate with long-time producer Takin Me For A Ride - Dela Soul* - The Stakes Is High Paul on an album.
After the album's release, the group toured extensively and remained rather quiet before returning in with the first installment in their "Art Official Intelligence" series, Mosaic Thump.
Stakes Is High dealt with many topics, including the state of hiphop, 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 Kissin Time - Bobby Rydell - Wildwood Days & Forget Him from his posthumous album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
Naughty By Nature also took serious offense to the record, creating a feud that has only recently died down. Common also makes an appearance on "The Bizness". Like other De La Soul albums, Stakes Is High has a running theme, which in this case is the group's concern for the state of rap, as well as the current state of hip hop culture and how it is regarded in general. The following sound clips are featured:. Songwriters: K. Mercer, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason Additional Vocals: Jazzyfatnastees.
Mason, G. Scott, N. Hall, M. Small, E. Matthew, D. Mason, D. BezeS. Mason, J. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. De La Soul. Tommy Boy Warner Bros. Retrieved August 25, Entertainment Weekly.
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