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Pharoahe Monch: W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

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July 27th 2023:

Lieutenant Gaviston speaks of a recon mission in Kabul, Afghanistan where he discovers classified information that changes EVERYTHING that he believes about this W.A.R. This information is uploaded & transmitted through time. If you eventually hear this; you have been ordained or genetically pre-exposed to have received this information. What you will eventually hear is a WARNING.

These words are powerfully delivered by Idris Elba to set a tone for Pharoahe Monch's upcoming album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades). The material presented is a consistent message from start to finish with new epiphanies exposed after various sets of songs. The order of music helps the listener see the vivid stories that Pharoahe is painting through the use of his lyrics.

The production compliments Monch's delivery & takes on a genuine art form that could easily stand on its own. Live instruments resonate at the start & end of certain tracks, such as his title song W.A.R. featuring Immortal Technique & Vernon Reid. Producers Exile, Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Fatin, Diamond D, Mike Loe, Samiyam, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno & Pharoahe Monch himself help shape the album into what will be Monch's greatest work to date.

Pharoahe Monch's vision for the album is supported with guest features that provide an eclectic mix of sounds. Fans can look forward to material with Jill Scott, Styles P, Citizen Cope, Jean Grae, Royce Da 5' 9," Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Phonte, Mr. Porter, Mela Machinko, Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind.

Track Listing

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1. The Warning (Intro)
featuring Idris Elba (of The Wire)
Producer: Pharoahe Monch (of Organized Konfusion)
2. Calculated Amalgamation
Producer: Lion's Share Music Group
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3. Evolve
Producer: Exile
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4. W.A.R.
featuring Immortal Technique; Vernon Reid (of Living Colour)
Producer: Marco Polo
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5. Clap (One Day)
featuring Showtyme; DJ Boogie Blind (of The X-ecutioners)
Producer: M-Phazes
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6. Black Hand Side
featuring Styles P (of D-Block); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
Producers: Mike Loe; Pharoahe Monch (of Organized Konfusion)
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7. Let My People Go
Producers: Fatin "10" Horton; Mr. Porter (of D-12)
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8. Shine
featuring Mela Machinko
Producer: Diamond D
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9. Halie Selassie Karate
featuring Mr. Porter
Producer: Sam I Am
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10. The Hitman
Producer: M-Phazes
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11. Assassins
featuring Jean Grae; Royce Da 5' 9" (of Slaughterhouse)
Producer: M-Phazes
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12. The Grand Illusion (Circa 1973)
featuring Citizen Cope
Producers: Adam Deitch; Eric Krasno
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13. Still Standing
featuring Jill Scott
Producer: M-Phazes
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Total Comments: 70
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/30/2014 8:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: this sound better than his last cd!! Still I believe he can do better!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/2/2012 10:22:00 AM; Partial IP: 37.182.225)
Location: NY
Comment: Fucking sick album, get it now
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/26/2012 10:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 78.147.214)
Location: Hyattsville MD
Comment: One of the top 10 albums from this decade. Lyrically and sonically hes already in year 2015.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/29/2011 2:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 179.153.16)
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/25/2011 12:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 230.220.51)
Location: UK
Comment: I like to read your info
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/29/2011 12:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 115.203.14)
Location: Pittsburgh
Comment: I was excited for this one, copped it, listened once, forced myself to listen a couple more times, but overall it just never hooked me. Solid album but didn't get me the way his past material did.
Name: (Posted: 6/8/2011 12:24:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: norfolk, va
Comment: evolve is the best song on the album hands down, after that its over
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/8/2011 12:23:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: norfolk, va
Comment: lyrics are there but the beats are garbage, too too much singing and harmony and all that other gay shit. sounds like a pop album not like the last one or equinox. sombody please throw marco polo in the trash and get rid of m-phases something
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/31/2011 3:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .89.151.61)
Location: Dirty South, Mississippi
Comment: I wish I could give this more stars!!! Grown folks music at it's best. Hip Hop at it's best!!! Hip Hop Lives!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/18/2011 3:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.217.241)
Location: Dublin
Comment: Dope album..Pharoahe's a genius..!! : )
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/13/2011 3:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 101.19.108)
Location: Ohio
Comment: yo this album is dope as fuck cop this now...and what credentials does lars have to be critiquing hip hop and we should listen to lol fuck out here
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2011 8:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .22.55.114)
Location: Quelimane,Mozambique
Comment: Um dos melhores albums do ano.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/15/2011 7:32:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: ny
Comment: Grown man music! Pharoah is a genius, very innovative, and always sets the bar at a very high level. Intellectual hip hop, its not a bad thing to be smart, you can still be cool!
Name: (Posted: 4/8/2011 11:11:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: Album of the year??? I guess you have been drinking the tap water in Mexico! Ninja please!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/6/2011 2:32:00 AM; Partial IP: 75.158.222)
Location: Mexico
Comment: Album of the year so far
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/3/2011 6:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 117.102.55)
Location: EARTH NY
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/31/2011 10:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 28.186.142)
Location: Clinton, Mayland
Comment: From what I heard, he is pretty amazing, so when I listen to this album on Monday, I will be comparing him to Aesop Rock, but I just need to know if he is underground or regular
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/31/2011 2:22:00 AM; Partial IP: .110.25.65)
Location: Buff City
Comment: Liked this album alot pharoahe monch with the lyrics crazy flow. One of the most slept on MC's of all time.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/30/2011 5:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/30/2011 10:59:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: dA bUrG, FL Chi-Town
Comment: Wow for the 1st time I agree with Lars. This album is lacking in the production. Monch really doesnt have a good ear for beats but overall the album is decent nothing to brag about. Royce Da 5'9" had the best verse on the whole album!! Monch needs to holla at Apollo Brown, STatik Selektah, Jake One, IDE, Kno
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/30/2011 10:07:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: This album is great for these times but back in the days it would have only be a 3.5 out of 5. It is not bad, but not great...I think it will forgotten in years to come. Dope rhymes...Ok beats, A bit complex to the passive listener but the hard core fan will love this album. It will probably sell less than 150,000 copies.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2011 9:03:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: mpls to st pete
Comment: Pharoahe, god's gift to vocabulary! I never leave a comment until I bought the album or at least heard it played through many times, but... This album is too anticipated for me and came through with Pharoahe's flavor at it's best. Beyond expectations, which were very high after desire and internal affairs. Need to buy now!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2011 3:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .59.32.212)
Location: Atlanta
Comment: Top 3 albums of 2011 so far (along with rae and saigon)
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2011 8:29:00 AM; Partial IP: .145.62.81)
Location: Calgary ALberta Canada
Comment: Great ablum, I like listening to the whole ablume!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/28/2011 9:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.160.10)
Location: lost wages
Comment: Great concept album, plays like a movie.
Name: (Posted: 3/28/2011 8:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .82.46.125)
Location: OvaDerr
Comment: seems like ive seen a gas mask somewhere before recently hmmmm......
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/25/2011 5:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 116.90.145)
Location: Norway
Comment: it was good having Pharoahe Monch back, dope album its a breath of freash air not that wack ass radio bullshit.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/25/2011 4:24:00 PM; Partial IP: 154.166.16)
Location: USA
Comment: This is cool. I would prefer some grittier darker beats but it sounds pretty solid how it is. A little too clean sounding though, the beats could hit harder. The Exile beat on "Evolve" is nothing special. 3.5 stars. Lyricism is 5 stars, beats 3.
Name: (Posted: 3/24/2011 11:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 69.242.190)
Location: New Zealand
Comment: Probably the best album of March, but only by a slim margin
Name: (Posted: 3/24/2011 2:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 67.184.200)
Location: francistown,botswana
Comment: like on the real the package he presented is hard for real,from the beats to production of the album and dont even get me with his lyricism!!!!!!!!
Name: (Posted: 3/24/2011 11:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 33.151.158)
Location: Canada
Comment: i realize that last sentence is ambiguous....original and shit, meaning original and sutff etc......
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/24/2011 11:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 33.151.158)
Location: Canada
Comment: While I liked his last album Desire more for its musicality, I am not here to compare and judge based on his last record. Shit's lame........He has evolved his style with this one, as good artists should. I love the hardcore lyricism and tight flows, and the beats are original and shit, pick this one up no doub.t
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/22/2011 1:42:00 AM; Partial IP: 64.110.106)
Location: Cali
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/21/2011 6:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.128.249)
Location: Bx,NY
Comment: 4.5 stars ............ "Hitman" I had to pull over & listen to like 3 times !! this is the 1st serious hip hop joint of 2011 .... worth every cent to hear authentic hip hop
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/20/2011 11:34:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Glendale, AZ
Comment: Solid album. I'll be picking this one up.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/20/2011 10:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 14.192.137)
Location: da deal
Comment: man love this shit that track with vernon reid on guitar is crazy lyrics are dope the beats on most tracks are on point!I will pick this up on wax worth the doe!!!!!!!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/20/2011 10:04:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Boston
Comment: personally I thought the production was on point with many different styles. I listened through without skipping any tracks because there were NO BAD tracks. Crazy lyrics for sure..Tracks that stood out...EVOLVE, CLAP, HITMAN, STILL STANDING. Pick this up!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/20/2011 9:20:00 AM; Partial IP: 63.129.241)
Location: your moms joint
Comment: this lp blows? news to me. your mom blows and she's a lot cheaper than the price of this cd sooooooo take the hint. fire like the kush in your brain LOL! Cali FAG!!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/19/2011 11:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 42.111.164)
Location: underground
Comment: assassins and black hand side r lethal. He made up for a 3 star album last time round glad to c ur bac monch
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/19/2011 7:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .230.10.25)
Location: PA Native
Comment: What ever happened to listening to an album BEFORE dissin' it? At minimal listen, this should at least get a 4, Fam. After 2 or 3 listens, I expect bad opinions to eventually change. Dissin' this indeed demonstrates that our world have been poisened too long in this fast food generation. Cats need to understand this album's sound is supposed to be "punches to the gut." Listen to the lyrics and take in the production. The often stabby production lays that canvas. Wake the hell up people!!!
Name: (Posted: 3/18/2011 11:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 237.226.30)
Location: o
Comment: sounds good..pharoahe holds it together
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/18/2011 4:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .65.219.23)
Location: berlin, ny
Comment: pharaoe is a king on the mic no doubt, but most of the production is fucked up
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/18/2011 1:54:00 PM; Partial IP: 67.217.226)
Location: Wash DC
Comment: Pharoahe is the Daewon Song of HipHop. Technically untouchable! "Internal Affairs" one of my favs and all the Organized material is legendary. Some of the beats on this project are a bit too much and noisy...but Pharoahe could rap to the sound of one hand clapping and still drop knowledge. One of, if not the GOAT!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/17/2011 8:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 151.24.157)
Location: Van City
Comment: This is a solid album. I don't know who could hate on Monch, the man has been an underground killer for longer than most of us have been breathing. @Yer Pa: Man anyone who grew up with hip hop listened to Organized Konfusion and got the real from it. It's no wonder wy Technique and others would spit on his album; it's a huge honor. The man is legit real recongize real.
Name: (Posted: 3/17/2011 4:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.157.253)
Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
Comment: A fairly decent release once again from Monch himself. Tracks 2,3 and 11 are the bangers to me after the first listen. I'll cop a copy on wax for sure!!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 8:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 242.151.82)
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 5:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 95.148.251)
Location: NH
Comment: banger of an album...definitely worth the money...only reason why it's only 4 is because it's not Illmmatic or It Takes A Nation Of Millions, which are obvious classics
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 3:02:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Above The Hills
Comment: Yer Pa, you should refrain from posting comments after such an absurd notion. I like the concept of this album and Duck Down + Pharoahe Monch = one dope LP.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 5:26:00 AM; Partial IP: 24.236.190)
Location: PARIS FR
Comment: good and on vinyl format... very good
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 2:41:00 AM; Partial IP: 103.57.168)
Location: London
Comment: Damn, Monch is back with some crazy shiznit! One of the best out there IMO.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 12:41:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.242.190)
Location: New Zealand
Comment: Dope album, I wish there was a little more Exile on the production side, he's a very versatile producer + Evolve is so sick.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 12:28:00 AM; Partial IP: .161.71.50)
Location: Yer Ma's Snatch
Comment: yessireebob this LP blows an old goats balls. blows em right the fuck up ayep! how in the fuck is this boy gonna gtab immortal tech and all these other whipper snappers and still come off with shit this soft? and weak? like a newborn honkey baby? yes this n*ggas name is now pharaohe BITCH!!!!!!!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/15/2011 10:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.131.182)
Location: cdn
Comment: plus a .5 - Wow! Duck Down, Monch, he's been seeking this sound for a while now, hitting and missing from track to track but hes hit it as near as he ever has here, and on point with the delivery, emceeing, and overall intelligent charisma on the mic, Monch and Duck Down have given us a gem right here
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/15/2011 2:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 70.138.156)
Location: PA
Comment: I'm very disappointed with the beats on this album. He needs to get with 9th wonder and Pete Rock and Premo and Madlib. Na mean?
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/15/2011 12:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 26.128.146)
Location: ughh
Comment: solid effort. recommended for copping. Evolve is a mad cut...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/15/2011 10:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 42.114.128)
Location: reer
Comment: sick fucking album, classic as internal affairs.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2011 10:58:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: chitown
Comment: evolve... damn
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2011 7:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 185.246.15)
Location: 509
Comment: damn monch puttin in work... on both his skills and being a concious soul. Nice to see emcees talkin about our fucked social issues.. Need more cats doin this
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2011 5:48:00 PM; Partial IP: .25.46.225)
Location: Hip-Hop
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2011 4:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .114.24.45)
Location: 703
Comment: I cant say Monch is the hottest MC out there but he does have the best MC on his album which is Immortal Technique. This guy rips it everytime and his lyrics are 1 of a kind.
Name: (Posted: 3/11/2011 4:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .149.158.1)
Location: Plymouth, UK
Comment: To E to the D Pharoahe Monch is also in my all time list but I'm not sure about best ever. However your argument is strong but don't forget the Freestyle Fellowship MCs especially Mikah 9 and Aceyalone (material not so good now. Also as for Monch since 91? more like 87 with the classic old school debut single 'Memories of Love'
Name: (Posted: 3/11/2011 4:21:00 PM; Partial IP: .149.158.1)
Location: plymouth, uk
Comment: I hope this will be another classic from Monch. He has been cruelly slept on from back in the day with old colleague Po from Simply II positive MC's to Organized Konfuzion. Can't wait for this!
Name: (Posted: 3/11/2011 12:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 36.232.237)
Location: Louisville, KY
Comment: Through all of the release date pushbacks, and all of the complaining by everybody, the time for knowledge stacking is here. While insignificant to this discussion, I do believe Pharoahe to be the best emcee ever, and I feel he truly is original, technically absurd, with the difficulty of rhyme schemes, and has been that way since 1991. He is an even mix of brilliant and dominant, with at times graphically CRAZY (padded room crazy), in order to portray widely known truth in a complete fresh way. All praises due to the Mighty Pharoahe Monch.
Name: (Posted: 3/8/2011 9:42:00 AM; Partial IP: 92.135.109)
Location: York
Comment: thank you god for Immortal Technique, I cannot live without him. He completes my life really.
Name: (Posted: 3/6/2011 11:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .16.144.98)
Location: illinois
Comment: Can't wait for the track with Tech on it. I hope they release it as a single so I can hear it before the 22nd!
Name: (Posted: 10/1/2010 9:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 00.165.104)
Location: Maryland
Comment: This has been pushed back to 2011. Check out HipHopDX for the news.
Name: (Posted: 9/23/2010 11:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 61.236.137)
Location: Dirty Jersey, USA
Comment: I really hope this album is along the lines of "Internal Affairs" and not particularly like "Desire". I think Pharoahe Monch is capable of a classic album EVERYTIME!
Name: (Posted: 9/11/2010 10:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 254.104.62)
Location: sing sing
Comment: producers? ........................................
Name: (Posted: 8/31/2010 3:51:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.79.75)
Location: NY,NY
Comment: No Black Thought feature like they originally said :(
Name: (Posted: 8/27/2010 11:47:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: Looking forward to this! Monch is the man!!!
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