Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Few artists have managed to have such an explosive impact with their debut album as Organized Konfusion. Showering listeners in a hailstorm of rapid rhymes, Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch showed that verbal styles could ... more »
Few artists have managed to have such an explosive impact with their debut album as Organized Konfusion. Showering listeners in a hailstorm of rapid rhymes, Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch showed that verbal styles could be both fast and deep. Funked-up party themes like "Fudge Pudge" and metaphoric monsters like "Releasing Hypnotical Gasses" were dense in their lyricism. But O.K. still had a sense of humor--shown on songs like "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?"--as well as a meditative side, as on "Walk Into the Sun." The grooves were soulful, yet frantic at times, jumping from the midtempo cheer of "Audience Pleasers," to the hyperactive attack of "Releasing Hynotical Gasses." In fact, the only real flaw in their debut was an abundance of input--too many lyrics to decipher, too many beats to absorb. Maybe that's why they waited three years for the sequel--to give us time to take it all in. --Oliver Wang
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Best Hip-Hop Album Of All Time. Bar none.
Nastradamus | Wisconsin | 09/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"10 out of 5 stars is ripping it off really badly. It's better than that.
No lyric is out of line, no beat is misplaced.
Monch pretty much put himself into the top 10 with this CD itself. Example? Sure:
"I am one who is one with all things, thus the unorthodox I am
The paradox I am, the equinox extending my hand
into dimensions to unlock new doorways
And so the light has revealed to me that there must be more ways
And so I play with rhythms, for something more than a mere game
enabling me to advance in wisdom
Words will exist like vampires
No need for sunlight, from concentrations camps I escape
with my sanity -- in 2010 every man will be
subject to global warming, formless oval
Millions of locusts swarming
Seek and you shall find the deliverer of a rhyme
the intelligent one, utilizing the mind third vision
Surrounded by a three-sided figure, containing the brain
The triggering mechanism from which I strike
sight beyond sight, sound beyond sound
which comes from below the magma, the granite, the ground
The surface will seperate, dispersing harmful ashes
Your optics will not be able to detect
the deadly hypnotical gases
Damn it's hard to breathe!!! But if I got one breath left;
I'll suck wind from the valley of death, here I come
from the slums of earth to center
I reveal myself as a beast within a, unbreakable shell
Walkin through the doorways of Heaven -- or is this Hell?"
Say someone comes along using the ever popular "anyone can rap" statement. Equiped with "Organized Konfusion" in hand, flash it to them. This will hypnotize them into liking rap now, and retracting them from such ignorant sayings.
Go buy it. Put down the Doritos, turn off the computer, and run over to Best Buy.
What are you waiting for!?????????
Jesse Meyerson | Philadelphia, PA USA | 06/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pharoahe Monch and his partner in rhyme, Prince Poetry come correct on this early 90's debut. This CD has it all. If you like relevant, conscious hip-hop from back in the day, like the Native Tongues, then you will really like this CD. If you like old school party anthems, this album has something for you too.
Such politically juiced songs as "Prisoners of War", "Releasing Hypnotical Gases" , and "Open Your Eyes" are insightful to the national scale of the problems we all face, even over a decade later. And closer to home, "Rough Side of Town" and "Roosevelt Franklin" are tales from the hood, but don't think it's hard core posing and wannabe gangsta-ism, it's more of a social commentary.
There are some pretty funny jauns on this album too, like "Who Stole my Last Piece of Chicken?" and a lot of skits and funny one liners, and there are some head nodders, with great lyrical dexterity, such as "Walk into the Sun", "Organized Konfusion", and the aptly titled "Audience Pleasers". If you liked Simon Says and maybe even got Internal Affairs, or just heard of Pharoahe Monch, you should get this CD right now, highly recommended. This is the Pharoahe at his best and you can definitely see how he developed as an MC, and his influences from
his early years to today."
Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch = HIP-HOP GODS
Alan Pounds | Minneapolis, MN | 05/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find "Organized Konfusion" (1991) to be one of the most rewarding listens to grace the hip-hop lexicon. Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch redefined lyricism with their relentlessly impenetrable styles. Whether it be odd time signatures, pitch fluctuations, or break-neck speed; these guys possessed all the skills to execute a brutal, but conscious gem that will live on forever. "Organized Konfusion" is arguably the first "underground" hip-hop album that was ever released due to it's cult status that has lived on since day one. At first, I wasn't sure if this was East Coast or West Coast rap. The brutal delivery and strong mic presence led me to believe that it was East Coast at first (which it is). On the other hand, they have such refined styles, and the ability to change pitch and tone in a piercing manner, even singing for a second or two at a time. They simply had flair and style that they pushed like West Coast emcees would. But no, this is seriously the best of both worlds. The album is superb from front to back, and well worth several full listens. In recent memory, I can't remember getting more excited while listening to an album than I have "Organized Konfusion". Hands down, in my top 5."