Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Forgotten albums: Session 3

Organized Konfusion is one of the most underrated groups of the 1990s. Pharoahe Monch (still underrated but excellent to this day) and Prince Po were lyrically gifted, but never achieved the success they deserved. They always received a good amount of critical praise, but the commercial success always eluded them, and I'm pretty sure that made no difference to them, respectively. Their self titled 1991 debut was very good, but it was largely slept on, so they returned in 1994 with their sophomore classic. 1994 had a lot of gems that were released that year, and this was one of them, and it remains their best album, production wise and especially lyrically. "Stress" is their most memorable (and successful) track to date, and speaking of lyrics, Pharoahe's verse in "Bring It On" is one of his best verses ever, and one of the best verses in hip hop history, period. Regarding the rest of the album, it's excellent all around, nothing on here that I would call filler. Strictly tight beats and rhymes, and you got a lot of that in the 90s.

Why I feel it's forgotten
This was released in a year where we saw Illmatic, Ready To Die, Dare Iz A Darkside, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, etc, so you can see why an album like this would've fell under the radar. Plus this album didn't receive the proper promotion at the time, so that played a role as well.

Rating- 5 stars

5 favorite songs- Stress, Bring It On, The Extinction Agenda, Let's Organize, & Stray Bullet

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