Stakes is High was critically lauded for its music, lyricism, and its 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
The album did provide a launching pad for future star rappers and actors Mos
Def, who appeared on the track "Big Brother Beat" and Common who is featured
on "The Bizness."