Artist: De La Soul Track: "Stakes Is High" Album: Stakes Is High

On one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, De La Soul explored harder beats and rhymes with a pointed emphasis only hinted at earlier in their catalogue. More importantly, this song -- and the album as a whole -- stood at a nexus of both the Long Island group's hopeful, cosmic message of peace and their frustration that things like peace and love weren't as infectious as they had hoped.