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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517144040
  • Catalog Number: 000809602
  • Sales rank: 351,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:32)
  2. 2 Free (3:34)
  3. 3 Desire - Showtyme (3:32)
  4. 4 Push - Mela Machinko (2:52)
  5. 5 Welcome to the Terrordrome (3:31)
  6. 6 What It Is (2:56)
  7. 7 When the Gun Draws - Mister Porter (3:16)
  8. 8 Let's Go - Mela Machinko (4:16)
  9. 9 Body Baby (3:18)
  10. 10 Bar Tap - Mela Machinko (3:08)
  11. 11 Hold On (3:49)
  12. 12 So Good (3:15)
  13. 13 Trilogy - Mister Porter (9:22)
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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
Chris Gehringer Mastering
L.V. Programming
Sprague Williams Engineer
Mark St. Juste Composer
The Alchemist Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Blair Wells Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Lee Stone Programming, Producer, Engineer
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
T. Jamerson Programming, Producer
Daniel Pappas Marketing
J. Clyde Programming
Davel 'Bo' McKenzie Audio Production
Kellen 'J. Clyde' Ford Audio Production
Grind Music Audio Production
Lee Stone Programming, Audio Production
T. Jamerson Programming, Audio Production
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