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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 (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Duck Down Music
  • ASIN: B003ZGMFGS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pharoahe Monch is a legendary rap artist born in Queens, NY and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. In 1999 he released his debut album Internal Affairs and in 2007 he released Desire. W.A.R (We Are Renegades) is his third studio album and features Jill Scott, Styles P, Phonte of Little Brother,Jean Grae, Royce Da 5'9," Idris Elba, Dr. Cornel West (professor from Princeton) & Vernon Reid (guitarist & band-leader for metal group, Living Colour. Production by Exile, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Diamond D, Mike Low, Samiyam, Fatin, Lee Stone as well as Pharoahe Monch himself.

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Likely to be forever known as the rapper that brought the world Simon Says back in 1999, Pharoahe Monch has struggled to live up to his debut album's hype and, having waited four years to bring out third LP W.A.R., has heaped pressure atop himself to deliver a bona-fide stormer. Sadly, that’s something he hasn't fully managed to do.

There are plenty of high points here. The Wire's Idris Elba introduced proceedings, informing the listener that in 2023 everything we've known to be true has changed and that what is about to be played through the speakers is a warning. What follows is a Black Milk-esque track with dusty snares rolling around strings as Monch delivers a diatribe declaring there was "one shot fired, inspired by hope to arouse a nation", and that he is the renegade. The title-track, produced by Marco Polo, is more like what fans have come to expect from the former Organized Konfusion man. Focused and angry, Monch states he’s "got a middle finger for mass media" and submits himself as a guilty man if "intellect is a crime".

With lyrical content consistently confrontational throughout the record, the production is extremely important – and it is here that the album is periodically let down. The more soulful tracks, such as Halie Selassie Karate and Still Standing, sound at odds with the powerful and bitter vocals that feature elsewhere, despite Jill Scott’s presence on the latter number. The beat on Clap (One Day), produced by Australian M-Phazes, shows how best to counter this, with head-nodding drums and turntable scratches riding under Monch's rapping. He switches his style on Let My People Go, taking a toned-down approach but still delivering a rallying call.

Two tracks towards the end of W.A.R. really showcase what Monch is all about. The Hitman, with a beat he would have chosen 10 years ago, finds him lamenting popular culture in 2011, second-guessing a lack of radio play due to politics and sonically shaking his head: "It's kinda hard / Let's release sex tapes so we can become stars." Assassins features a show-stealing opening verse from Jean Grae as well as able support from Slaughterhouse member Royce da 5’9", waking the listener up after a mid-album lull.

When he excels Monch is a fun rapper to listen to, yet there are times during this album where the production disappointingly jars against his vocals. That being said, its strongest tracks stand tall and proud, demanding an audience and reminding everyone that when he tells you to get the f*** up, he's not playing around. Time to get those legs working and those fists pumping.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 23 April 2011
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After the disappointment of Desire, Pharoahe Monch is back to his lyrical best. From the opening track this is a must have album has been on constant rotation on my ipod for the last month or so. In my opinion the stand out tracks are "W.A.R", "Hitman", "Assasins", "Black Hand Slide" and "Shine". Buy It!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By real hip hop fan on 20 April 2011
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i have never really listen to pharoahe monch alot before but will be in the future i advise anyone into real hip hop to buy this it is a straigt banger none of that mainstream rubbish
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By Djrek on 31 Mar. 2011
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What can I say if you love Hip Hop with a passion you must have been waiting for this album for a long long time like me, and it doesnt dissapoint. I can not stress enough how good this album is, it is very rare that an album comes out and sounds like an instant classic. Pure dopeness lyrically from start to finish just buy buy buy buy buy it NOW

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One Love to the Goddess HIP HOP
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By Nico on 17 Feb. 2014
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Yet again Pharaoh Monch has put it down!! REAL HIP HOP!! Not the newly branded Hip Pop that I'm hearing.
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