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“&%$# you know about struggle?” Pharoahe Monch’s bold but rhetorical query opens the title track to his fourth collection of lyrical land mines, PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The line dares the listener to keep tumbling down the rabbit hole with the Queens, NY MC as he tackles familiar themes of gun violence, heartbreak and redemption but this time in the first ... Read more in Amazon's Pharoahe Monch Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000PHW0F6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Intro (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]0:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Free (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Desire (Dirty) [feat. Mela Machinko] [Explicit] 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Push (Explicit) [Explicit] 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Welcome To The Terrordome (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. What It Is (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. When The Gun Draws (Dirty) [feat. Mr. Porter] [Explicit] 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Let's Go (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Mela Machinko] [Explicit] 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Body Baby (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Bar Tap (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Mela Machinko] [Explicit] 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Hold On (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Erykah Badu] [Explicit] 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. So Good (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Trilogy (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Tone] [Explicit] 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Agent Orange (Bonus Track (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It's been 8 years since Pharoahe Monch's first album, Internal Affairs, which included the massive single ''Simon Says''. He had released three critically-acclaimed albums before then as part of the Organized Konfusion but Desire is only his second solo album. The New Yorker is regarded as one of hip-hop's most powerful and technically skilled MCs and this album has definitely been long-awaited.

Label issues are partly to blame for the wait (he's no longer with Rawkus) but you can't help but think that Pharoahe Monch is a perfectionist and wanted to come back with an album that was a statement (including the cover which shows his face covered in bandages like a mummy).

Desire is not one for background listening - you get drawn in from the start. Most of the first half of the album has a big and boombastic sound. There's so much to this album in terms of influences. The title track highlights Pharoahe's soulful vibe, ''Push'' has a gospel slant, ''Welcome to the Terrordome'' is Public Enemy-influenced and ''Let's Go'' has a big sound matched with old skool scratching. The claustrophobic ''When the Gun Draws'' tackles gun crime, once again backing up claims that Monch can be one of hip-hop's most provocative and outspoken lyricists.

The mood changes with the single ''Body Baby'', the most radio-friendly track (which comes complete with an Outkast-style video with Pharoahe dressed like Elvis). If this fun number gets people to pick up this album then good, but there are better tracks. He hits gentler notes with slow-tempo tracks ''Bar Trap'', ''Hold On'' featuring Erykah Badu (the only big name guest on this album) and ''So Good''. The album ends with the eerie ''Trilogy'', which highlights Pharoahe Monch's strength in story-telling and the cinematic angle of the whole album.

While comparisons with Kanye West are justified in parts, it's mainly because Desire is the first hip-hop record in recent years that can actually stand up to The College Dropout, in other words it is a near-masterpiece. --Ilka Schlockermann

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. Holt on 19 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album has some quality songs on it, these are: Free, Desire, Push, Body Baby, and Trilogy, if you love your hip-hop to be less gangsta and more political and about todays issues then this is the album for you. If you like artists like Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common. Then get this album!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zuwulu on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
You'll need a bit of time to get into this album. Once you do, you'll realise you are in the presence of one of the best Hip Hop albums in years. Soulful, conscious, and with Monch's inimitable flow, it's a gem that will keep you company throughout the dark, Flo Rider-inspired days that the genre is currently going through.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By djrhimes on 9 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Believe the hype.. Whilst Pharoahe produced the goods with Organized Konfusion, i have always thought that his solo work has somehow not come up to scratch BUT BUT, and this comes from someone who listens to ALOT of genres of music, and is a serious-or was a serious hiphop fan (till it all went identikit and unoriginal):

THIS WILL BE A TOP 5 LP OF THE YEAR

This is a funky, brass laden, lyrically strong LP almost on a K-0S vibe. Its Pharoahes best work to date...Welcome to the Terrordome, Trilogy, Body Baby, Desire.... in fact every track is a gem, a sheer delight to listen to.

IGNORE the ignorant rambling of the fool below, he probably likes P-Diddy, THIS is how hiphop should sound, this is hiphop of the days of old, this is why i loved hiphop... beats, rhymes and life (not to mention skills). NOT bland unoriginal beats similar to another artist, "bling", rented cars, Boring blags and fake gangsta posturing!

DjRhimes
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bartlett on 10 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Pharoahe showed his lyrical ability with Organised Konfusion and his work on the countless Rawkus Records compilations, but his solo stuff has been mediocre. His solo debut in my opinion had about 4 decent tracks, Simon Says and 3 tracks produced by Diamond D.

Again I think the production let's this album down. Lyrically Pharoahe is tight, but I just think the tunes could be so much better, especially the last 3 tracks that are all a little too R&B for my liking.

I think Pharoahe need's to work with some one like Madlib or Dangermouse, something a little more raw to go with his silky word play. On Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II, tracks WWII and Mayor are sick! I want an album of that!

3.5 stars, way better than his solo debut and most Hip Hop these days, not as good as it should be. Getting there!
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