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Stress: The Extinction Agenda Explicit Lyrics, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Hollywood
  • ASIN: B000000OCL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Stress
  3. The Extinction Agenda
  4. Thirteen
  5. Black Sunday
  6. Drop Bombs
  7. Bring It On
  8. Why
  9. Let's Organize
  10. 3-2-1
  11. Keep It Koming
  12. Stray Bullet
  13. Maintain

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Format: Audio CD
im gonna give you just one reason to get this album, but its the best reason you will here.
pharoahs verse on bring it on.
the BEST verse in recorded hiphop history. you will not be dissapointed. nuff said. 'mind check.....'
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Format: Audio CD
This is a classic album. Pharoahe Monche at his best and Prince Po not far behind. The production on this album is outstanding, highlights include why, stray bullet and bring it on. In my top 5 rap albums of all time.
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Format: Audio CD
On buying this album on vinyl, i was, i must admit, a tad dissapointed. After a few listening's though, as they always do, the record grew on me.
I'm very glad to have bought the LP, and it is definitely good enough to earn its place in my collection, if only for the amazing lyrical talents of pharoahe monch. Having bought his 'Internal Affairs' earlier in the year (a truly excellent album), the expectations were very high, so i can't blame this LP too much.
Overall, i would definitely recommend this album. Just don't expect it to blow you away.
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Following their eponymous debut LP, OK had a lot to live up to. I guess they had two options; to try and recreate it or to do something totally different. What they managed to do, to amazing success, was both. There are some striking similarities to the first album here but a completely different feel sonically, largely due to the presence of a few other producers on the boards.

Both emcees manage to step up their considerable game from their debut, delivering some of the most tight and inventive rhymes ever put down ("Bring It On" and "Stray Bullet" being highlights lyrically). Strongly rooted in jazz, the production is consistantly enjoyable. "Extinction Agenda", "Keep It Comin'", "3-2-1" and the Buckwild produced "Why" are among my favourite jazz-loop beats of all time, based on Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderly, Blue Mitchell and Julie Driscoll respectively.

The end result is unquestionably one of the best hip hop albums ever made. Considered by many to be superior to their first album, I would say that this LP can proudly rank as its equal. If you don't own either of them buy them both right now!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96f2d420) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f34e64) out of 5 stars This LP is a hip hop classic, hands down. 14 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Organized Konfusion's second effort, "Stress," is considered by many to be the most "slept on" album in rap music history. This album redefined lyricism, taking it places it had never before been. Pharoah Monch and Prince Poetry, who comprise O.K., have a message which is both conscious and real. One highlight of "Stress" is Stray Bullet, which is rhymed from the point of view of the bullet itself. Another gem is "Thirteen," where Monch flexes his unparalleled MCing skills. There are few acts out today who ca n match what Monch and Po are doing lyrically. The underground has already taken notice. Now, it is time for some mainstream recognition for these young, talented conscious urban poets. They inject nothing but positivity into an industry desperately in need for some. I recommend this album without any reservation, listing it in my personal top 5 hip hop albums of all time.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x972ebfcc) out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Dec. 1999
By Masir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Its rare that i give an album a five star rating. Partly because my standards are high, but there are also no half-star ratings. That means you really have to draw the line on what is great and what is classic. But in the case of Organized Konfusion's second album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, I think the five star rating is well deserved. Though not the most enjoyable album ever (at times the production becomes a little too gloomy, even for an underground act), that may be the only noteworthy setback, as it is certainly one of the most complicated records to speak of. That is a good thing too. The album has an intellectual edge that is at times unparalleled in hip-hop. Buy this album and you will be struck by lyricism. The obvious choices on display are Stray Bullet, Thirteen, and Bring it On. But there are others. Pharoahe Monch's now infamous line from Extinction Agenda, "who can you trust when a priest is now the beast", which may be the enduring question of underground laborers. Then there is Keep it Koming and Maintain, where Organized (especially Pharoahe) twist popular phrases and make them uniquely theirs. The aforementioned somber mood becomes movingly justified at the very end of Maintain as Pharoahe offers a subtle tribute to his father, who died during recording, by referencing to him on the last line of the album.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x972d6be8) out of 5 stars Just as good as debut 13 Mar. 2004
By P. Mcmahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this album is the answer to people who said the beats werent chunky enough on the celph titled debut it is what defines hip hop today. Forget the 50 cents the eminems the chingys and check out real dope hip hop
Favorite Track: Stress and Bring it on and the whole disc!
10 of 10 lyrics 10 of 10 beats
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x971e0ad4) out of 5 stars C'mon, Lets Organize (5 stars) 29 April 2006
By Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost: I thought Pharohe Monch first came out in 1999 with "Internal Affairs". That just goes to show that I have a lot to learn about hip hop. Now Stress: The Extinction Agenda has been a real unappriciated album by Organized Konfusion (Pharohe Monch and Prince Poetry). Some of my favorites are just so happen to be back to back, "Lets Organize" featuring Q-Tip and O.C. and "3-2-1" that gives a strong vibe for the album. "Why?" has a nice mellow beat and a hook to remember. Creativity would play a part in tracks like "Stray Bullet" as each member pretends to be a stray bullet that hits a little girl and crashes parties, a clear message in that one. I've always liked O.K. with their battle type rhymes that made a name for themselves and caused great sucess (see Equinox album). Like many albums that came out in '94, it was just overflown by the mainstream classics that were on the radio. This group had the lyrical skills to maintain themselves, unfortunately they were just heavily slept on. If you're a hip hop head, I highly recommend this to you.

Lyrics: A+
Production: A
Musical Vibes: A
Overall: A+

Favorite Tracks: Stress, Thirteen, Why?, Lets Organize, 321, Stray Bullet
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f3833c) out of 5 stars Do not sleep on this album, it is required listening... 27 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For all those who profess their love for hip-hop, Organized Konfusion is your dream date. The group has a lyrical flow and prowess far beyond most of their peers and elevate, rather then debase, hip-hop music. Their ryhmes, while ferocious, are mature and intelligent. They are the anti-players, Puff Daddy's nightmare. It seems as if O.K. and those like them are a rare breed in hip-hop today, and for that reason you must not sleep on this album. Support O.K. and buy "Stress" because there are few acts as good as them today.
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