The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

12. De La Soul "Stakes Is High" (1996)

Producer: Jay Dee & De La Soul
Album: Stakes Is High
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
This is one of Mos Def's earlier appearances on wax, and even though his flow is basic and his lyrics are a little corny, he brings a kind of youthful energy that is sorely needed on Stakes Is High. Pos and Dave do their usual friendly battle of technique vs. style, mostly just bragging about how dope they are in relation to the rest of the rap world over Skeff Anselm's funky head-nodder of a beat.

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