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De La Soul - Stakes is High

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Rap in the 90s. It's creative. It's candid. It's controversial. But how much does the music dictate real life? And how much does real life dictate the music? Today on the show, we have rappers De La Soul to discuss the many ways to keep it real.

Vibrations! Stakes is high. You know them stakes is high.

The instamatic focal point bringing damage to your boroughs

Be some brothers from the east with some beats that be thorough. Got the solar gravitation so I'm bound to pull it. I gets down like brothers are found ducking from bullets.

Gun control means using both hands in my land Where it's all about the cautious living. Migrating to a higher form of consequence, compliments Of struggling that shouldn't be notable. Man! Every word I say should be a hip hop quotable.

I'm sick of bitches shaking asses. I'm sick of talking about blunts. Sick of Versace glasses. Sick of slang. Sick of half-ass awards shows. Sick of name brand clothes. Sick of R&B bitches over bullshit tracks. Cocaine and crack which brings sickness to blacks. Sick of swoll head rappers with their sickening raps. Clappers of gats. Making the whole sick world collapse. The facts are getting sick, even sicker perhaps. Stickabush to make a bundle to escape this synapse.

Man! Life can get all up in your ass, baby. You better work it out. Let me tell you what it's all about. A skin not considered equal. A meteor has more right than my people Who be wasting time screaming who they've hated. That's why the Native Tongues have officially been re-instated.

Vibrations Stakes is high. You know them stakes is high. You talking about Vibrations Stakes is high. Man! Stakes is high!

Yo! It's about love for cars. Love for funds. Loving to love mad sex. Loving to love guns. Love for opposite. Love for fame and wealth. Love for the fact of no longer loving yourself, kid. We living in them days of the man-made ways Where every aspect is vivid. These brothers no longer talk shit. Hey yo! These niggas live it. About to give it to you 24/7 on the microphone. Plug One translating the zone. No offense to a player, but yo, I don't play. And if you take offense, fuck it, got to be that way. J.D. Dove, show your love. What you got to say?

I say Gs are making figures at a high regard. And niggas dying for it nowadays ain't odd. Investing in fantasies and not God. Welcome to reality. See, times is hard. People try to snatch the credit, but can't claim the card. Showing out in videos saying they co-starred. See, shit like that will make your mama cry. Better watch the way you spend it 'cause the stakes is high.

You know them stakes is high. Stakes is high. Man! Them stakes is high.

I think that smiling in public is against the law. 'Cause love don't get you through life no more. It's who you know and "How you, son?" And "How you getting in?" and "Who the man holding heat?" Hey yo! and "How was the skins and how high?" "Yo, what up? Huh? I heard you caught a body." Seem like every man and woman shared a life with John Gotti.

But they ain't organized!

Mixing crimes with life enzymes. Taking the big scout route. And niggas know doubt better than they know their daughters and their son.

Yo! People go through pain and still don't gain. Positive contact just like my main man who got others cleaning up his physical and fluids. His mind got congested. He got the nine and blew it. Neighborhoods are now hoods 'cause nobody's neighbors. Just animals surviving with that animal behavior. Under I, who be rhyming from dark to light sky.

Experiments when needles and skin connect. No wonder where we live is called the projects. When them stakes is high, you damn sure try to do anything to get the piece of the pie. Electrify, even die for the cash. But at last I be out even though you wanting more. This issue is closed like an elevator door. But soon re-opened once we get to the next floor where the

Vibrations! Stakes is high. You know them stakes is high. When we dealing with the vibrations! Stakes is high. Stakes is high. Come on!

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Views: 433
Posted by: on Jun 16, 2013

This video is part of's learning series. Learn English with hip-hop and rap! De La Soul is a legendary hip-hop group from New Jersey. "Stakes is High" is a powerful song that critically examines society.

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