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Sorry but giving Stakes 5* is fanboy blindness
on 27 July 2011
I absolutely love De La Soul.
3 Feet and De La Soul is dead are easily snuggled within my top 5 all time albums. Buhloone is again in my top 10. I adore De La Soul, I have every album, I've bought the T-shirts etc etc.
But, I'm sorry Stakes is average. By De La Soul's enormously high standards the album is borderline boring. Where's the personality? It's so sad to listen to such an anonymous album by such an inspiringly unique group.
The beats are fine, not as good as the Prince Paul days but they are fine. Lyrically it's pretty strong too. But stand-outs? A Plug Tunin', a Ring Ring Ring? None.
If you are a De La Soul fan with a bulging wallet then buy the entire discography. Every CD even post Prince Paul is much, much better than the pimping Bentley driving rubbish you hear from most rap "superstars". However, if you're fairly new to De La Soul, 3 Feet, De La Soul is Dead and Buhloone are all you really need.