W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

by Pharoahe Monch


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Duck Down Music
UPC: 0693461216525
catalogNumber: 2165
Rank: 92028

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
Alby Cohen   Background Vocals
Charly East   Strings
Teddy Myers   Saxophone
Brandon Williams   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Diamond D   Producer
Guy Routte   Executive Producer
King of Chill   Engineer
Ola Kudu   Artwork,Cover Design
David Styles   Composer
Pharoahe Monch   Producer,Executive Producer
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
Young Cee   Instrumentation
J. Kirkland   Composer
Mark Landon   Composer
Troy Jamerson   Composer
Dorian Charnis   Additional Production
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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