Boogie Monsters at a higher level

Boogie Monsters
Recognized Thresholds Of Negative Stress
Mark Of The Beast
Bronx Bombas
from Riders Of The Storm: The Underwater Album
(1994, Pendulum/EMI)

I’ve been going thru some personal struggles recently and I decided to stop and think about the direction of my life. I put this CD in today and It brought many heartfelt thoughts and emotions. What we have here is Vex, Mondo, Yodared and Myntric, otherwise known to the world as The Boogiemonsters. What they brought to Hiphop is something that I do not think many have been able to recreate. A sonically mesmerizing soundtrack for life, with some of the most incredible beats ever made and lyricism that would make the new pope strike a Bboy stance.

Back in 1994, These cats did the very notorious NY meets VA hookup and got signed to Pendulum/EMI. What came out was “Riders Of The Storm:The Underwater Album”. This is one of them albums (like The BUMS, The Nonce or The Pharcyde’s first albums) where every track is dope and complements one another. They had a sort of religious leaning on some tracks but kept it at a comfortable level without getting preachy. Some of the shit they spit is real dark and twisted (Mark Of The Beast) and then some tracks are bboy type jams (Boogie and Bronx Bombas)… They were definitely way ahead of their time back then and now with some futuristic prophetic type styles (Recognized Thresholds of Negative Stress). I saw this video the other week on Distortion 2 Static and had to dig up from the collection. One of the illest things ever recorded indeed.

Fast forward to 1997 when they released God Sound. This second album flew under the radar and I didn’t really heard much about it. Part II of Mark of The Beast is on there. I’d want to hear what that is like, but haven’t found a copy of that album. Anyone wanna help? Holler. After the 1997 album, I have no idea what happened to them, until I stumbled on a religious website and found the following testimonial:

Ivor Myers was one of the four man hip hop group known as The Boogiemonsters. Appearing on programs such as Soul Train, BET, and in magazines like Vibe and Rolling Stones, they were on their way to stardom. However, while recording their first album of an 8 album contract with EMI Records, they were introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ. After eye opening revelations both he and his younger brother Sean left the industry. They are now both involved full time in the Lords work. Watch their story, “Escape from the Black Hole” on DVD.

More power to Yodared and Myntric for following their hearts in the pursuit of happiness. At least they didnt go off the deep end like Bizzy Bone. The debut from Boogiemonsters is indeed criminally slept-on. All you new kids who have no clue what cutting-edge forward thinking hiphop is like, Listen to these tracks. Headnodding can make ya get over anything real quick.


Here’s a bonus one for you suckas as well…

  1. I could not agree with you more about the Boogiemonsters. I think their debut was one of the most slept on albums ever. I have been looking for some of their 12inches.

    Lifesavas almost remind me of a modern day Boogiemonsters. Almost too preachey, but doesn’t really cross the line of being too so.

  2. Thanks for maintaining this site folks I remember this group I never got into their music but they have an interesting story nonetheless.

  3. i gotta find me this album, it’s on the list of the many many albums i slept on. I always remember hearin the “negative stress” on my early childhood viewings of Rap City…man…what you know bout Big Lez and pre-Joe Cleezy?! haha..thanks alex.

    • trey
    • June 28th, 2005

    I have God Sound in my CD collection somewhere, but it’s a poor follow-up attempt. They go overboard on the preachiness and sometimes seem to forget how to make a good song. “Mark of the Beast 2” is incredibly disappointing. There are a couple of alright songs, but it’s mostly weak.

    Stick with the first one and you’ll have all the BMs you’ll need.

    • Anonymous
    • June 29th, 2005

    The underwater album is still one of my all time favorites. I lost it a long time ago, but found negative stress online a few years ago. Thanks for posting some of the others so I can hear them again. I still listen to negative stress and riders of storm all the time. They were definately ahead of their time.

    • Anonymous
    • April 4th, 2006

    i still have a copy of both albums and i’m happy to burn anybody a copy.

    • May 19th, 2012

    too preachy? no dude they told it like it is, the nwo is alredy in full gear and if it wasn’t for the boogiemonsters and walter veith i would of been dead a long time ago as a addict. so heres 4 real hip hop not that mind control rap crap

    • cassandra grabner
    • August 17th, 2013

    yeah I reackon anyone who can tell it just as there livin it are real worriors for truly livin life in the here and now,courage,strength will live on in these brave mens souls,stand tall for the truth.From a singing sister to the maker.Love you IVOR MYERS.

    • Sin One
    • April 1st, 2014

    I’ve had God Sound since it dropped, Still play it to this day. What is said in the album are real issues were dealing with today which makes it more deep.

    You cannot sleep on this album.

    Mark of the beast 2
    Behold a pale horse
    Whistles in the wind

    You know what the whole album is solid from beginning to end!!

    Just take a good listen to this album and you’ll see how these things are unfolding before our eyes.

    Thank You Boogiemonsters for shedding light on subjects I would have never known about, And I was AWARE in 97′ Subconsciously! !!! !

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