Review : PHAROAHE MONCH - Desire
SpinPharoahe Monch is one rapper who shouldn't stop singing. His vocals on "Push" and "So Good" are so effective that they almost threaten to overshadow his powerful rhymes. Still, on his first album in eight years, the Queens-born MC demonstrates why his rapping is nearly unparalleled in diction, creativity ("When the Gun Draws," a memoir from a bullet's point of view), and storytelling (the visual, tragic narrative of "The Trilogy")....full text
HipHopDXConsidering that Pharoahe Monch is the type of emcee that comes along once in a lifetime, having to wait some 8 years between solo albums is inhuman and cruel. After splitting from Prince Po and their too often overlooked Organized Konfusion union, the southside Queens native finally got the shine he deserved...well sort of. At the height of Rawkus Records popularity and on the strength of his smash single Simon Says, Pharoahe was on his way to a platinum plaque. That is until an uncleared sample forced them to stop all promotion and pull every record from the shelve. Internal Affairs ended up fizzling out around the gold mark, Rawkus soon folded and Pharoahe went into hiatus....full text
Sputnikmusic.comLiving through high-profile guest appearances and a mixtape in the 8 year gap between his 1999 debut Internal Affair and the long delayed Desire, Pharoahe Monch has always teetered between the underground and mainstream. Gaining steam as the star MC in the seminal underground duo Organized Konfusion throughout the 90s, by the time his surprise ‘99 hit “Simon Says” came along, pounding its iconic horn intro and pleas for girls to “rub on their titties,” he was already well-known for his zigzagging rhyme complexity and rapid delivery. Unusual for an indie single to crack the Billboard’s Top 100, Pharoahe was ready for Egyptian deity status....full text
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