July 04, 1995
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. Intro
  2. Put the Lead on Ya
  3. I Got 5 on It
  4. Broke Hos
  5. Pimps, Playas & Hustlas
  6. Playa Hata
  7. Broke Niggaz
  8. Operation Stackola
  9. 5150
  10. 900 Blame a Nigga
  11. Yellow Brick Road
  12. So Much Drama
  13. She's Just a Freak
  14. Plead Guilty
  15. I Got 5 on It (Reprise)
  16. Outro
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