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Pharoahe Monch: Desire

Jeff Weiss, Stylus, 29 June 2007

HIP-HOP HISTORY IS LITTERED with MCs blessed with scythe-sharp flows and Byzantine lyrics who couldn't pick out a dope beat if their life depended on it (see also Kass, Ras). Now I wouldn't go as far as to lump Pharoahe Monch in with the tin-eared rabble, but over the course of five albums and 16 years, Pharoahe has produced just one single capable of cracking Billboard's Top 100. And even that lone quasi-hit, 1999's 'Simon Says', peaked at #97.

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