Pharoahe Monch - Desire CD
|It's been 8 long years since Pharoahe Monch's last record came out. Between then he's made scarce guest appearances, changed labels twice and recorded an album that never came out. Most MC's probably would have let the industry get the best of them, but Pharoahe is one of those rare MC's that only come around once every decade or so. Who else could have survived almost twenty long years in the industry and have the knack to balance both sides of the coin? Mainstream, underground, he seems to follow his own intuition these days, spinning his unmistakable wit and internal rhyme scheme one moment and singing his soul out the next, often in the same song. This marriage of genres and musical approach is constructed with care and careful attention, crafting a mood that not only fits song-to-song, but works fluidly as an album. From the anthemic opener 'Free' to the soul-slick abstractness of 'So Good,' to the OK-inspired throwback 'What It Is,' Pharoahe aims to show he can still rock with the best, and conversely outrap many of the up-and-comers out right now.|
|Production: 1, 8 & 10 Black Milk, 2 Mckensie, 3 The Alchemist, 4, 9 & 12 Pharoahe Monch, 5 Sean C, 11 Lee Stone, 7 Denaun Porter, 6 Pharoahe Monch & Lee Stone.|
|1.||The Resurrection Intro|
|3.||Desire (feat. Showtime) |
|4.||Push (feat. Showtime / Mela Machinko / Tower of Power)|
|5.||Welcome to the Terrordome |
|6.||What It Is |
|7.||When the Gun Draws (feat. Mr. Porter)|
|8.||Let's Go (feat. Mela Machinko)|
|10.||Bar Tap (feat. Mela Machinko) |
|11.||Hold On (feat. Erykah Badu)|
|13.||The Trilogy (feat. Mr. Porter / Dwele / Tone) |
4 Stars (Solid)
, August 13, 2008
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"You will feel me
You will admire
(My) Soul, Desire"
Pros: Excellent lyrics from the pro; Pharoahe Monch. Tons of diversity. Surprisingly, some great hooks from people that can actually sing. Tons of replay! No guest MC's (not even Prince Po). Skit at the end of "Lets Go" LOL.
Cons: Tracks really aren't that long... that could go both ways. Took too long to be released. Had to give tons of spins to truly fully enjoy.
Overall: Damn, Monch just picks up exactly were he left off last time. It's unbelievable how dope every aspect of this album is. His lyrics are just razor sharp! The hooks are perfectly placed on each track, it's really soulful. The diversity of the album is amazing. It's actually funny, at first I really didn't enjoy this album that much but for some reason I just kept returning to give it more constant spins. Every time time I returned for the album a new track would strand out, first track, of course, was Desire. I thought that track was just truly amazing, Alchemist best track. Then it was Hold On, then Body Baby... next thing I know I was thinking to myself:" What was I smoking for not liking the album...!" Another thing that is impressive, lyrically, is that Monch only delivers two verses on most of the tracks, but thats pretty much for each track to find it highly enjoyable. He hasn't lost steam at all. I love his double meaning lyrics example:
"My book is a ovary
The pages I lust to turn
My pen's the penis
When I write the ink's the sperm"
Shame on you if your a hip hop head and you don't own this. But there's still time tough, GO AND BUY IT!