W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the 2011 release of his third album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), rapper Pharoahe Monch halved the eight-year wait fans endured between his first and second efforts. This strong, satisfying, often stunning third release proves he can deliver the goods under this tighter release schedule, and when listening to lyrics that are topical for 2011 ("Calculated Amalgamation" is inspired by the recent Egyptian revolution), one begins to wonder if it's been three years off for Monch, and then one very strong year back on. Whatever the process, W.A.R. is worth it, chock-full of those wickedly smart Monch lines ("Even my reflection disrespects you like a freshman during hazing")...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the 2011 release of his third album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), rapper Pharoahe Monch halved the eight-year wait fans endured between his first and second efforts. This strong, satisfying, often stunning third release proves he can deliver the goods under this tighter release schedule, and when listening to lyrics that are topical for 2011 ("Calculated Amalgamation" is inspired by the recent Egyptian revolution), one begins to wonder if it's been three years off for Monch, and then one very strong year back on. Whatever the process, W.A.R. is worth it, chock-full of those wickedly smart Monch lines ("Even my reflection disrespects you like a freshman during hazing") and Armageddon productions from the likes of M-Phazes, Diamond D, and Samiyam. These beats seem generally as mad and driven as the man himself, although "The Grand Illusion" with Citizen Cope adds some alternative rock to the mix while the closer, "Still Standing," is as elegant and soulful as its guest, Jill Scott. The socially concerned singles "Shine" and "Clap (One Day)" make for a decent intro, even if they are best heard in context, as this conceptually sound album uses linking dialog and a sensible running order to guide listeners through Monch's war story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Duck Down Music
  • UPC: 693461216525
  • Catalog Number: 2165
  • Sales rank: 51,381

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Warning - Idris Elba (0:52)
  2. 2 Calculated Amalgamation - Lion's Share Music Group (2:47)
  3. 3 Evolve (2:40)
  4. 4 W.A.R. - Immortal Technique (4:24)
  5. 5 Clap - DJ Boogie Blind (3:29)
  6. 6 Black Hand Side - Phonte (4:30)
  7. 7 Let My People Go (3:55)
  8. 8 Shine - Mela Machinko (4:07)
  9. 9 Haile Selassie Karate - Mr. Porter (2:22)
  10. 10 The Hitman (3:24)
  11. 11 Assassins - Jean Grae (4:31)
  12. 12 The Grand Illusion (Circa 1973) - Citizen Cope (5:15)
  13. 13 Still Standing - Jill Scott (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pharoahe Monch Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Vernon Reid Guitar
V. Jeffrey Smith Bass
Delouie Avant Vocals
Lenesha Randolph Vocals
Eric Krasno Guitar
Jean Grae Background Vocals
Mela Machinko Vocals
Candice Anderson Vocals
Brandon Williams Keyboards
Alby Cohen Background Vocals
Charly East Strings
Teddy Myers Saxophone
Technical Credits
Diamond D Producer
Guy Routte Executive Producer
King of Chill Engineer
Buckshot Associate Executive Producer
Ola Kudu Artwork, Cover Design
David Styles Composer
Dru Ha Associate Executive Producer
Pharoahe Monch Producer, Executive Producer
Mr. Len Engineer
Skrilla Artwork
Eric Krasno Producer
Adam Deitch Producer, Instrumentation
Jean Grae String Arrangements
Montez Roberts Engineer
Ari Raskin Vocal Engineer
Jacob Rodriguez Engineer
Marco Polo Producer, Engineer
Exile Composer, Producer
Sam I Am Producer
Mike Loe Producer
Mela Machinko Vocal Arrangements
Samiyam Composer
Jesse Singer Drum Engineering
M-Phazes Producer
Alex Merzin Vocal Engineer
M. Bruno Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Young Cee Instrumentation
J. Kirkland Composer
Mark Landon Composer
Troy Jamerson Composer
Dorian Charnis Additional Production
Mr. Porter Additional Production
Alby Cohen Vocal Engineer
Jose "Recworm" Hurado Engineer
Michael Warren Composer
Tsidi Ibrahim Composer
N.S. Singh Composer
Larissa Conner Composer
Jacob Rivera Engineer
Fatin Horton Composer, Producer
Charly East String Arrangements
Alex Merizin Engineer
Lion's Share Music Group Producer
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