Desire

Desire

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by Pharoahe Monch
     
 

What if Kool G Rap's second album came out approximately eight years after his first? That would be a period long enough to leap from Road to the Riches to Roots of Evil, over Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die, and 4, 5, 6. While it's an unfair analogy to make -- for manySee more details below

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What if Kool G Rap's second album came out approximately eight years after his first? That would be a period long enough to leap from Road to the Riches to Roots of Evil, over Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die, and 4, 5, 6. While it's an unfair analogy to make -- for many reasons -- when talking about the frustrating lag between Internal Affairs and Desire, it's a helpful one to think about if you're approaching Desire with the expectation of hearing Internal Affairs, Vol. 2. On Internal Affairs, a track-to-track strongarm tactic to reach more ears without too many creative concessions, Pharoahe Monch toughened up. It paid off to an extent: "Simon Says" and "Right Here" were loved by plenty of people who didn't know Organized Konfusion from Organized Noize. Pharoahe could've attempted to capitalize on the momentum, but he crept low, releasing the occasional single and compilation track (like "Agent Orange" and "What Is the Law"), and collaborating when the right situation presented itself (like Talib Kweli's "Guerrilla Monsoon Rap" and J Dilla's "Love"). As a result, Desire is a taut and focused work that energizes, packed densely with typically Monch-like quotables that might take a couple listens to catch. Production-wise, it's quite different from Internal Affairs, incorporating gritty gospel, anthemic funk, and laid-back soul (not to mention an ambitious, sprawling, three-part finale), along with a measured amount of material that sounds more like a logical extension of Pharoahe's past. Altogether, it's a brighter, bolder set of tracks. The lone trip-up is a well-intentioned cover of Public Enemy's "Welcome to the Terrordome"; despite a relevant added verse, no one can reinterpret Chuck D and the Bomb Squad at the peak of their powers without coming up a little short. This is the kind of album that could only be made by a veteran who knows the difference between running your mouth and speaking when you have something to say, and not many elder MCs can say they were as vital in their mid-thirties as they were in their early twenties.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602517144040
catalogNumber:
000809602
Rank:
248677

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pharoahe Monch   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tower of Power   Horn
L.V.   Drums
Erykah Badu   Background Vocals
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sean C.   Drums
Tone   Background Vocals
Arden Altino   Keyboards
Dwele   Horn
Boogie Blind   scratching
Davel "Bo" McKenzie   Keyboards
St. Juste   Background Vocals
Mike Chav   Guitar
Showtyme   Background Vocals
Bamm Davis   Keyboards
Mela Machinko   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Candice Anderson   Background Vocals
99 Fingaz   Bass Guitar
Rob   Guitar

Technical Credits

L.V.   Programming
Sprague Williams   Engineer
Mark St. Juste   Composer
Alchemist   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Blair Wells   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Lee Stone   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sean C.   Programming
Christos Tsantilis   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Pharoahe Monch   Executive Producer
Tatia Fox   Marketing
Black Milk   Programming,Audio Production
Davel "Bo" McKenzie   Producer
Mister Porter   Programming,Audio Production
Mike Chav   Programming,Engineer
Kellen "J. Clyde" Ford   Producer,Audio Production
T. Jamerson   Programming,Producer
Daniel Pappas   Marketing
J. Clyde   Programming
Davel 'Bo' McKenzie   Audio Production
Grind Music   Audio Production
T. Jamerson   Programming,Audio Production

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