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Stakes Is High

Stakes Is High is the 4th studio album by De La Soul, released on July 2, 1996. Stakes Is High was critically lauded for its music, lyricism, and it's overall message concerning the artistic decline rap music began to face in the mid-90s. The title track and first single was produced by J Dilla and the album's second single, "Itzsoweezee (HOT)," with only Dave on vocals, was accompanied by a creative music video. The album spawned a third single "4 More," featuring Zhane. The album did provide a launching pad for future star rappers and actor Mos Def, who appeared on the track "Big Brother Beat" and Common who is featured on "The Bizness."
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Track List

A1  Intro
A2  Supa Emcees
A3  The Bizness; Featuring – Common
A4  Yunonstop
A5  Wonce Again Long Island
B1  Dinninit; Producer – Spearhead X
B2  Brakes
B3  Dog Eat Dog
B4  Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
B5  Long Island Degrees

C1  Betta Listen
C2  Itzsoweezee (Hot)
C3  4 More; Featuring – Zhané, DJ Ogee
C4  Big Brother Beat; Featuring – Mos Def, Skeff Anselm
D1  Down Syndrome
D2  Pony Ride; Featuring – Truth Enola
D3  Stakes Is High; Producer – Jay Dee
D4  Sunshine

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