Pharoahe Monch’s Tremendous Vocal Range & Enhanced Songwriting Is On Smash In Broken (Video)
Pharoahe Monch is often revered as one of Hip-Hop’s elite lyricists, since his days of kicking syncopated verse alongside Prince Po in Organized Konfusion. However, more than just wordplay, flow, and precision-driven rhymes, the Queens MC has bared his soul more than a few times in his songs. That’s especially the case on the recently-released P.T.S.D. album.
For the third single on the #102-debut LP, Monch explains his brokenness, showing off his singing abilities. Keeping the chorus duties on himself, the wild range of the former Rawkus Records star goes into frontier territory, as he kicks seemingly semi-autobiographical raps about veiling his broken self-identity with substances and anger, before coming full circle to address the issues at their root.
As the year approaches its midpoint, perhaps Pharoahe’s fourth solo LP is one of 2014’s sleepers for best LP?