After the success of their self-titled debut album, Organized Konfusion (members Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch) released their second album Stress: The Extinction Agenda on August 16, 1994. The LP is considered a hip-hop classic by both rap purists and critics alike. The collection boasts guest appearances from Diggin’ In the Crates affiliate O.C. and A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip with production assists from Rockwilder and fellow DITC member Buckwild.
The set's first single was "Stress," which represented the duo's frustration with racism in New York.
"I gravitated to the beat because I felt like we needed to get out our aggression. I just wanted to yell and scream," said Monch in a 2014 interview with Nah Right. "Being who we are, I felt we needed that vibe and color for the album, and that beat set that tone."
"There was racism in New York...[and] people always say it’s about the color green, but that’s where the frustration came," added Prince Po. "We had money. But the money couldn’t buy the trust of a cab driver to take us home. So it was like, 'We’ll pay you up front.' But it didn’t matter. The racism was that thick in New York. But being a native New Yorker, that was very stressful, because sometimes you don’t want to take the train or the bus."
Overall, the duo is proud of the album and are humbled by the platitudes from fans who deemed the album a classic.
"This is our record of perseverance. We were going through a lot, pushing through, and we kept fighting, it’s one of the apexes [of our career]," said Prince Po. "This album is a blessing, not just from a personal standpoint, but for the people going through things all over the world trying to push through and persevere."
"It’s looked at as a classic album, but I’m humble and grateful about it," he continued. "I’m just happy if it touched one person, and helped them get through college and find the right job. Then our job is done, and my heart is happy."