Posted February 28, 2011 by BlueMagic in ThatsEnuff

Pharoahe Monch Prepares for Upcoming Album Release


New York’s own Pharoahe Monch, alongside Duck Down Records, is gearing up to release his third studio album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades). A pre-screening of the 13-track LP was held at the NYU Cantor Film Center in Manhattan this evening, where Pharoahe Monch, Dru Ha of Duck Down Records, Sway of MTV, and some of the album’s feature lineup including Jean Grae, Mela Machinko, DJ Boogie Blind, Marco Polo, Immortal Technique, and more were in attendance. With a release date of March 22nd, Pharoahe Monch has already wrapped up filming the first video for the album, which will provide visuals for “Clap (One Day),” a song pertaining to police brutality. Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, of HBO’s The Wire, and filmed in Brooklyn in conjunction with the Bed Stuy Film Co-Op, the video is a fitting, and rightly chilling illustration of Pharoahe’s lyrics, which are accompanied by guest appearances on the track from Showtyme and Boogie Blind.

Production on W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) includes beats from Marco Polo, Exile, Diamond D, M-Phazes, and more, and lyrical features include Styles P, Immortal Technique, Jill Scott, and Royce Da 5’9, among others. Fans who purchase the album from iTunes will receive a copy of the “Clap” video, and fans in the Tri-State area can catch Pharoahe Monch live at SOB’s on March 24th. A European tour is also said to be in the works.

The tracklisting for W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is as follows:

1. The Warning feat. Idris Elba (produced by Pharoahe Monch)
2. Calculated Amalgamation (produced by Lion Share Music Group)
3. Evolve (produced by Exile)
4. W.A.R. feat. Immortal Technique & Vernon Reid (produced by Marco Polo)
5. Clap (One Day) featuring Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind (produced by M-Phazes)
6. Black Hand Side featuring Styles P & Phonte (produced by Mike Loe)
7. Let My People Go (produced by Fatin “10” Horton)
8. Shine featuring Mela Machinko (produced by Diamond D)
9. Halie Selassie Karate featuring Mr. Porter (produced by Sam I Am)
10. The Hitman (produced by M-Phazes)
11. Assassins featuring Jean Grae & Royce Da 5’9 (produced by M-Phazes)
12. The Grand Illusion (Circa 1973) featuring Citizen Cope (produced by Adam Deitch & Eric Krasno)
13. Still Standing featuring Jill Scott (produced by M-Phazes)