Organized Konfusion - Stress: Extinction Agenda
Organized Konfusion’s famous sophomore album is the reason this list was birthed. The duo of Monch and Prince Po proved deadly on their 1991 debut, but it wasn’t until three years had passed that they would release their magnum opus, filled with paranoia, pressure, and vivid descriptions of life in the ghetto. One of the illest intros of all time has Pharoahe moaning from the depths of everyday hell with anguish straining his vocal chords; it encapsulates the entire experience depicted throughout the record.
Pharoahe continued to be an MC that influenced generations of rappers after him (Internal Affairs isn’t on Spotify either) with his quirky, attention-arresting rhyme patterns while Po was more direct with his cadences, and together the two meshed techniques to create a seamless balance over riotous, hard-hitting production. This is as close to a flawless rap album as any.