Pharoahe Monch and his partner in rhyme, Prince Poetry come correct on this early 90's debut. This CD has it all. If you like relevant, conscious hip-hop from back in the day, like the Native Tongues, then you will really like this CD. If you like old school party anthems, this album has something for you too.
Such politically juiced songs as "Prisoners of War", "Releasing Hypnotical Gases" , and "Open Your Eyes" are insightful to the national scale of the problems we all face, even over a decade later. And closer to home, "Rough Side of Town" and "Roosevelt Franklin" are tales from the hood, but don't think it's hard core posing and wannabe gangsta-ism, it's more of a social commentary.
There are some pretty funny jauns on this album too, like "Who Stole my Last Piece of Chicken?" and a lot of skits and funny one liners, and there are some head nodders, with great lyrical dexterity, such as "Walk into the Sun", "Organized Konfusion", and the aptly titled "Audience Pleasers".
If you liked Simon Says and maybe even got Internal Affairs, or just heard of Pharoahe Monch, you should get this CD right now, highly recommended. This is the Pharoahe at his best and you can definitely see how he developed as an MC, and his influences from
his early years to today.