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“Stop The World” is an underground hip-hop gem from the Oakland-based rap group Fundamentals, released in 1998 under the Kemetic Suns label. The group, consisting of Jonathan Sklute and KarmaChi, delivers an impressive album that showcases their unique sound, intricate lyricism, and thought-provoking themes. With its diverse production and a slew of talented guest features, “Stop The World” stands as a testament to the creativity and talent present in the late 90s underground hip-hop scene.
The album kicks off with “Prologue,” featuring Evil East and Malicious West, setting the stage for the atmospheric and experimental journey the listener is about to embark on. “Pow Wow,” produced by and featuring Eclipse 427, is a captivating track that highlights the group’s wordplay and flow over an engaging beat.
Throughout the album, Fundamentals explore various themes, from science fiction and technology to personal struggles and societal issues. Tracks such as “Monkey King” and “Science Must Progress” showcase the group’s ability to tackle complex subject matter while still delivering a captivating listening experience.
Collaborations with other artists like Kirby Dominant on “Gravitational Pull” and Malicious West on “Wind And Water” add depth and variety to the album, further solidifying Fundamentals’ place in the underground hip-hop scene.
“Stop The World” culminates with the powerful title track, co-produced by KarmaChi, which encapsulates the essence of the album, and “Flight,” a fitting conclusion that leaves the listener reflecting on the entire project.
Overall, “Stop The World” is a must-listen for fans of underground hip-hop and serves as a prime example of the creativity and raw talent present in the late 90s Oakland scene.
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