Operation Stackola

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Operation Stackola
Studio album by Luniz
Released July 4, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre West Coast Hip hop
Length 66:34
Label Noo Trybe, Virgin, EMI
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V2-40523
Producer DJ Fuze, N.O. Joe, Tone Capone
Luniz chronology
Operation Stackola
(1995)
Lunitik Muzik
(1997)

Operation Stackola is the debut album by hip hop duo Luniz, which was released on July 4, 1995. The album was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of over one million records.[citation needed] It features the group's most famous song to date, "I Got 5 on It." The album also ended up being the group's highest selling album, which topped the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart for two weeks and making the Top 20 on the Billboard 200.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews 9/10 stars[2]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[3]
Melody Maker (Recommended)[4]

Critical response[edit]

The Source (8/95, p. 79) - 3.5 mics—Dope—"The Luniz...take the typical Oakland sound to another level...a combination of insane lyrics and street-core knowledge....tight lyrics and tight tracks...a must to compete in this diverse rap game...."

Melody Maker (3/23/96, p. 38)—Recommended—"Luniz aren't gangstas but playas.... The lifestyle depicted on Operation Stackola involves claiming Welfare and carrying a bus pass so that you can still afford to smoke Indo and drink Tanqueray and wear the latest Phat Farm." Main Promoter K9 1995 Rap Pages (9/95, p. 26)—7 (out of 10)—"1995 is the year of Operation Stackola.... A balanced attack of Yukmouth's laid-back delivery and Knumskull's pinched vocal pitch...the Luniz do mental atomic pile drivers on ears and heads while ripping up microphones...."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:51
  2. "Put the Lead on Ya" (featuring Dru Down) – 5:25
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (featuring Michael Marshall) – 4:13
  4. "Broke Hos" – 4:11
  5. "Pimps, Playas & Hustlas" (featuring Dru Down and Richie Rich) – 5:02
  6. "Playa Hata" (featuring Teddy) – 4:31
  7. "Broke Niggaz" (featuring Knucklehead and Eclipse) – 5:19
  8. "Operation Stackola" – 4:36
  9. "5150" (featuring Shock G) – 4:03
  10. "900 Blame a Nigga" – 4:18
  11. "Yellow Brick Road" – 5:35
  12. "So Much Drama" (featuring Nik Nack) – 4:14
  13. "She's Just a Freak" (featuring Knucklehead) – 4:12
  14. "Plead Guilty" – 4:23
  15. "I Got 5 on It (Reprise)" – 5:08
  16. "Outro" – 0:33

Samples[edit]

900 Blame a Nigga

Broke Niggaz

I Got 5 on It

Playa Hata

Plead Guilty

Put the Lead on Ya

She's Just a Freak

So Much Drama

  • "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" by Diana Ross

Yellow Brick Road

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position[5]
U.S. Billboard 200 20
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

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