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The difficult second album,
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This review is from: Stress: The Extinction Agenda (Audio CD)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!