Stress: The Extinction Agenda

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Stress: The Extinction Agenda
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 1994
Recorded1993-94
StudioBattery Studios, Unique Studios and Power Play Studios in New York
GenreHip hop
Length45:34
LabelHollywood BASIC / Elektra Records
ProducerOrganized Konfusion
Buckwild
Rockwilder
Organized Konfusion chronology
Organized Konfusion
(1991)
Stress: The Extinction Agenda
(1994)
The Equinox
(1997)
Singles from Stress: The Extinction Agenda
  1. "Stress"
    Released: March 14, 1994

Stress: The Extinction Agenda is the second full-length album by Queens hip hop duo Organized Konfusion, released on August 16, 1994, on Hollywood BASIC.

Album information[edit]

The group went outside its past self-production and got help from future star producers Buckwild and Rockwilder. The album features O.C. and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. The album's tone is generally darker than that of its predecessor, with subject matter falling under the album's title. The album is now out of print.

The cover was painted by the late Matt Reid AKA Matt Doo of Dooable Arts, who later committed suicide. Prince Po later would later write "Be Easy", a song dedicated to him from his album The Slickness. He also designed the cover for Company Flow's seminal Funcrusher Plus.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
RapReviews9/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Source4/5[5]

Stress: The Extinction Agenda was well received and is considered to be an underground hip hop classic. Spin magazine included it on Spin's list of the "10 Best Albums You Didn't Hear In '95".[6]

The Source gave it 4 stars out of 5 and said that, "The essence of Organized Konfusion is pure lyricism. More so than any other artists out now, Monch and Prince are masters of words and phrases... they become verbal contortionists, creating moving molecules of syllables and sounds."[7] In 1998, the album was included as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

Rap Pages said, "This is a must-have LP for any aspiring lyricist, as well as for avid fans who are tired of the saturated, unexceptional, untalented, crime-related, or sexual, close-minded MCs."[8] Urban Latino said, "[Organized Konfusion] create a sophisticated hip-hop style that is often as innovative as it is infectious... there's enough head-bobbing and bounce-type material here to keep the attention of even the most jaded listener."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion2:03
2."Stress"L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, C. Mingus, A. BestBuckwild4:03
3."The Extinction Agenda"L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, H. HancockOrganized Konfusion3:59
4."Thirteen"T. Jamerson, A. BestBuckwild3:54
5."Black Sunday"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion3:13
6."Drop Bombs"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion1:35
7."Bring It On"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion3:16
8."Why"L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, A. BestBuckwild, Organized Konfusion4:10
9."Let's Organize" (featuring O.C. and Q-Tip)L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, P. Rushen, J. Davis, O. CredleOrganized Konfusion4:21
10."3-2-1"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion3:26
11."Keep It Koming"L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, J. AdderleyOrganized Konfusion3:58
12."Stray Bullet"L. Baskerville, T. JamersonOrganized Konfusion3:44
13."Maintain"L. Baskerville, T. Jamerson, D. StinsonRockwilder4:19
Total length:45:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 187
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 28

Singles[edit]

Year Song Hot Rap Singles
1994 "Stress" 50

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "Stress: The Extinction Agenda – Organized Konfusion". AllMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Preston, Rohan B. (February 16, 1995). "Da Bush Babees: Ambushed (Reprise) / Organized Konfusion: Stress (Hollywood Basic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Doggett, Tom (June 21, 2005). "Organized Konfusion :: Stress: The Extinction Agenda :: Hollywood Records". RapReviews. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  4. ^ McLeod, Kembrew (2004). "Organized Konfusion". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 607–08. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ "Organized Konfusion: Stress: The Extinction Agenda". The Source (60): 91. September 1994.
  6. ^ 1/96, p. 64
  7. ^ 9/94, p. 91
  8. ^ 11/94, p. 25
  9. ^ 10/94, p. 53
  10. ^ "Organized Konfusion Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Organized Konfusion Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2016.