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July 12, 2021

De La Soul: Stakes Is High (1996). "You Know The End of this Movie..." (featuring 12Kyle of the 12 Kyle Podcast)

De La Soul: Stakes Is High (1996).

B. Cox welcomes special guest 12Kyle of the 12Kyle Podcast to review De La Soul's seemingly prophetic fourth album Stakes Is High. It was their first album without the production prowress of Prine Paul, who helmed their first three projects.

Faced both with the uncertainty of their recording career after a lukewarm public perception to their third album, Buhloone Mindstate, and with ever changing enviornment of hip-hop towards a more obscene, vulgar and commercial sound, the group charged through an effort marked by strirking back for the sake of hip-hop and sought to warn an industry and culture of the destructive path that it was headed towards.

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Show Notes:

Albumism: De La Soul's 'Stakes Is High' Turns 25 | Anniversary Retrospective


OkayPlayer: De La Soul Reveal The Secret History of 'Stakes Is High' on Its 20th Anniverary


Fact Mag: 'Stakes Is High' at 20. How De La Soul's classic album signaled hip-hop's great divide.


Slate: De La Soul, Stakes Is High and Hip-Hop's Nostalgia Problem


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Host of the 12Kyle Podcast. Among many topics, Kyle covers music, sports, pop culture and throws in the occasional personal anecdote or memory for our entertainment. As he states and we agree, he's "your favorite podcaster's favorite podcaster."