RELEASE
July 04, 1995
LABEL
Virgin
GENRES
Rap, West Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap

Album Review

The Luniz's Operation Stackola is the group's most accomplished and best-selling LP. Featuring the Oakland-based duo's only major hit, "I Got Five on It," the album drew attention and admiration from other hip-hop artists, but never crossed over into the pop mainstream. The woofer-shaking bassline and eerie bell-like keyboards of "I Got Five on It" made it a hip-hop anthem of the mid-'90s. Since that time, it's been the subject of dozens of covers, the first of which was a reprise on Operation Stackola itself. Nothing else on the album quite lives up to the promise of that hit track, but a number of tracks reveal the group's songwriting potential. Few songs exceed 100 beats per minute, as is true to the Luniz's laid-back, West Coast roots. "Playa Hata" intertwines their drug-laced, gangster trash talking with a soulful R&B feel. The chorus of "Pimps, Playas, and Hustlers" (noticing a trend?) takes a page out of Cypress Hill's nasally vocal repertoire. And the title track starts off with a reggae speed rap, à la Shaggy or Shabba Ranks. There's plenty of filler, but it's still loaded with enough juice to keep the head noddin' for a good half-hour.
Kieran McCarthy, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Introhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fintro%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129198%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Put the Lead on Yahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fput-the-lead-on-ya%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129223%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. I Got 5 on Ithttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-got-5-on-it%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129588%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Broke Hoshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbroke-hos%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129770%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Pimps, Playas & Hustlashttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpimps-playas-hustlas%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129790%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Playa Hatahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fplaya-hata%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129824%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Broke Niggazhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Foperation-stackola%252Fid220129193%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Operation Stackolahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Foperation-stackola%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220129989%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. 5150http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252F5150%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130016%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. 900 Blame a Niggahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Foperation-stackola%252Fid220129193%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Yellow Brick Roadhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fyellow-brick-road%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130115%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. So Much Dramahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fso-much-drama%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130136%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. She's Just a Freakhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fshes-just-a-freak%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130158%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. Plead Guiltyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fplead-guilty%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130181%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. I Got 5 on It (Reprise)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-got-5-on-it-reprise%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130197%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Outrohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Foutro%252Fid220129193%253Fi%253D220130224%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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