Not quite the underground club banger one might have hoped for from the man who once dropped Simon Says and Fuck You and who claims his forthcoming W.A.R. LP (now delayed until early autumn) will be a throwback to ’93/ ’94 hip-hop. True, Shine has a meaty boom-bap beat (courtesy of one Diamond D), avoids the densely layered production of the dullest material on the last LP and the rhyme king still rips peerlessly (“You see my momma cannot afford wholefoods/ She break fast with a prayer and call it soul food”). On the other hand that mournful soul hook, the downbeat xylophone melody and the general subject matter (it’s tough on the streets) suggest Monch had his mind less on getting hands in the air in the club than on getting heads nodding down on the corner and you can’t help hoping that this is the calm before the storm. Or maybe the shoe before the cloth. Downloads below…including dope Mako & The Hawk remix of the classic Simon Says (Out 27 July on Duckdown) Pharoahe Monch “Shine” feat. Mela Machinko (prod. by Diamond D) by duckdown PHAROAHE MONCH – Shine – FREE DOWNLOAD (courtesy of RCRDLBL.com)
Elsewhere, Monch has described the forthcoming W.A.R (standing for ‘We Are Renegade’) as, “a throw back to 1993, 94 hip hop.” Let’s hope that means it’s along the lines of his solo debut Internal Affairs and less like the disorganised confusion of styles on last LP Desire which mixed up the odd banger with tedious rnb folly. I’ll be taking that old ‘summer release’ talk with a pinch of salt too – bet it’s not out till after August…
(PRESS RELEASE) Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it’s bigger than just album talk. Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe’s “Desire” project from 2007. Fans can expect what they’ve come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.
Monch states, “I’m incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music. This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things. Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come. It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary.”
Rap rock – get it right and the world walks your way. Get it wrong and your biscuit will be limper than a soggy krackawheat and less appetising. Enter the Blackroc project a.k.a The Black Keys who (as everybody knows) are the world’s best rock band and all your favourite rappers’ favourite rappers including Mos Def, RZA, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, M.O.P’s Billy Danze and – rising from the grave once more – Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Please God let it be good. Here’s the audio for the RZA/ Monch featuring Dollaz & Sense…album’s out end of November. Watch this space.