7. Stress: The Extinction Agenda, Organized Konfusion
Beneath their everyday dealings, Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po saw a larger force at work in Queens, New York. Extinction Agenda is to this day one of the fiercest lyrical showings ever recorded, especially as Monch vacillates from singing on “Black Sunday” to rapping from the perspective of a bullet on “Stray Bullet.” The album is heartfelt to the point of being heartbreaking, as our protagonists hold nothing back in showing us what’s happening in their neighborhood. Front to back, it’s one of the best albums of that decade.