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Gone is producer Prince Paul, who recognized that hiphop could be more than bootybeats by making De La Soul’s first three albums supersonic collages rivaled in their dexterous jump-cut funk only by the work of the Bomb Squad. Though Pos, Mase, and Trugoy have three of the best voices in rap, and craft some of its richest rhymes, their fourth effort, Stakes Is High, recoils from the demanding sounds they used to blow through. Lots of basic beats, a bass line here, a sample there, but nowhere near the explosions of sound that made De La soulful. Sure, Stakes Is High is better than 99 percent of current hiphop, but 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, and Buhloone Mindstate are still landmarks by which others—and De La Soul itself—will continue to be judged. With Fishbone and Goodie Mob at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (CP)