The Rowdee Review: Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.”

Every now and then, hip-hop can sense my overall dissatisfaction with its current state and it will, without warning, put an album in front of me that soothes and reassures me that all could be well within it once again. Pharoahe Monch’s latest release, W.A.R., not only did that for me, it just reconfirmed that some M.C.’s subject lists don’t include rims, the club, & money that they may or (probably) may not be getting. Monch returns to drop a gem on us all and, as usual, the results are impressive. “W.A.R” puts Monch’s witty, complex, uber-verbose flow on display, allowing him room to reaffirm his status as one of illest wordsmiths of all-time. From the Idris Elba-assisted opening, mimicking a plot from an episode of ’24’, to the calls for change in ‘Clap’ and all points between and beyond, Monch foregoes the common refrain for folks to meet at the club; instead, he’d rather we uplift ourselves out of this hole we’ve fallen into. Radio-friendly? Probably not, although that is reflective of how radio sucks today and not of the quality of this project. Monch’s music has always been about delivering words that actually mean something & W.A.R. is no exception to that. Although there are many nice tracks on this one, the standout for me has to be the incredible “Assassins” featuring Jean Grae and Royce da 5’9″, trading verses that slam into the track like heavyweight blows…..all in all, this album is a satisfying reminder of all of the good things that hip-hop can still deliver to us……I give it 4 out of 5 stars (gotta work on my rating system, not feeling the stars).

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~ by darrylthewriter on April 1, 2011.

One Response to “The Rowdee Review: Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.””

  1. dat pic is hot!

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