An independent archive of typography.
to participate.

Topics

Formats

Typefaces

Stakes Is High by De La Soul

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Apr 14th, 2017. Artwork published in
July 1996
.
    Stakes Is High by De La Soul 1
    Source: https://www.undergroundhiphop.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    The album art for De La Soul’s fourth full-length release Stakes Is High is typographically distinguished by the use of Cooper Black Italic (first issued in 1926) in all lowercase on a bouncing baseline, with the band name in outlined and overlapping letters.

    Art Direction: De La Soul, Michelle Williams. Design: Art Babe / MW [Discogs]
    Hat tip to Bald Condensed!

    CD jewel case back cover
    Source: http://www.allwidewallpapers.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    CD jewel case back cover

    CD jewel case back cover
    Source: https://www.discogs.com Discogs. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Vinyl label

    CD jewel case back cover
    Source: http://www.waxpoetics.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Cover art of a mixtape made by Chris Read in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s release, recreating the famous typography.

    CD jewel case back cover
    Source: http://merchdirect.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Stakes still high” — fan T-shirt

    Typefaces

    • Cooper Black

    Formats

    Topics

    Artwork location

    2 Comments on “Stakes Is High by De La Soul”

    1. Richard says:
      Mar 20th, 2019  5:04 pm

      It’s not Cooper black. It’s a type of Cooper black but the “a” and the “k” are different.

    2. Mar 20th, 2019  8:16 pm

      Ah, that’s because it’s Cooper Black Italic.

      In many typeface families including this one, the italic styles are distinguished not only by slant, but also by a cursive construction. Among the typical differences found in an italic are a “monocular” a (instead of the “double-storey” form of the roman) and a k where the implied pen movement from the bottom of the stem to the start of the top diagonal results in a visible loop.

    Post a comment