Tonight, Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po (also known as Prince Poetry) will hit the stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their defining sophomore album Stress: The Extinction Agenda.
Before the show starts however, Organized Konfusion sat down with NahRight to talk about the making of the album.
The duo talk about their frustration with their label, which led to the distinctive attitude of the album which Pharoahe describes;
I was kind of feeling like the labels could’ve done a better job. So I was already starting with an attitude on some label shit. The first record actually did well, I just thought it should’ve done better. So moving on to the second [album], I just knew we had to go harder than we did the first time.
Monch and Prince Po also describe the creation of the unforgettable album cover for Stress, which was drawn by Matt Doo;
That cover helped people be like, “This motherfucker Prince Po is beyond the universe with his shit. These dudes are trying to pave a path from the projects in the background to you. Look at where they’re coming from.” He played a big part in translating the sound of this album to the audience. We’re just blessed that the cover gets celebrated, and the album gets celebrated. It’s the biggest “thank you.”
There is also an in depth track by track breakdown of the album, where the two rappers describe the creation of the whole album. The stories surrounding Stress: The Extinction Agenda only increase the legendary status of the album, which is still enjoyable 20 years later.