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During the final week of October in 1991, two MCs and producers bubbling with analytical perspectives and bursting with Hip-Hop creativity emerged as Organized Konfusion on their eponymous debut LP. Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po delivered one of the most distinctive debuts in Rap history, proving that lyrical dexterity and high-concept content weren’t reserved for the veterans. At only 18 and 22, respectively, the two rapped about the cerebral, warning Heads about the systemically racist puppeteers behind chemical warfare, mass incarceration, and gun violence. Songs like “Releasing Hypnotical Gases”and “Prisoners of War” served up the kind of history not taught in schools, while snapshots from the ‘hood were taken courtesy of “The Rough Side of Town” and single “Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?” What Monch and Po delivered was always inventive, and in the quarter century since Organized Konfusion‘s release, it remains a resounding example of a cult classic. [Read More]