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://itunes.apple.com/album/intro/id220129193?i=220129198&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Put the Lead on Yahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/put-the-lead-on-ya/id220129193?i=220129223&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. I Got 5 on Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-got-5-on-it/id220129193?i=220129588&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Broke Hoshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/broke-hos/id220129193?i=220129770&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Pimps, Playas & Hustlashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/pimps-playas-hustlas/id220129193?i=220129790&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Playa Hatahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/playa-hata/id220129193?i=220129824&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Broke Niggazhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/operation-stackola/id220129193?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Operation Stackolahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/operation-stackola/id220129193?i=220129989&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. 5150http://itunes.apple.com/album/5150/id220129193?i=220130016&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. 900 Blame a Niggahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/operation-stackola/id220129193?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Yellow Brick Roadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/yellow-brick-road/id220129193?i=220130115&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. So Much Dramahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/so-much-drama/id220129193?i=220130136&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. She's Just a Freakhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/shes-just-a-freak/id220129193?i=220130158&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Plead Guiltyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/plead-guilty/id220129193?i=220130181&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. I Got 5 on It (Reprise)http://itunes.apple.com/album/i-got-5-on-it-reprise/id220129193?i=220130197&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Outrohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/outro/id220129193?i=220130224&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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