Pharoahe Monch, one of hip-hop's most respected lyricists, has created another classic album. Monch has put out good music consistently since dropping 1999's Internal Affairs and it's refreshing to see an artist display such longevity.
W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is Pharoahe's third solo album and it's politically charged but not to the extent that the music is compromised through over-preaching. Pharoahe yet again displays an impressive level of vocal dexterity and the album flows logically, making it a pleasure to listen to.
Highlights include the album's second single Clap (One Day), which possesses the anthemic qualities that Monch has become so renowned for; think of some of his past singles such as Desire and 2001's charmingly titled Fuck You.
Guests include Jean Grae, Immortal Technique, Royce Da 5'9 and more. Jean Grae excels on Assassins (which also features Royce), proving she is one of the best MCs in the game regardless of gender. The song features no chorus, a structure that seems a logical choice. Each respective MC displays a level of skill that is highly impressive to say the least.
W.A.R. is an essential listen for anyone that is a fan of intelligent, well constructed hip-hop.
Words: Aaron Jackson
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