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Re-Release Tuesdays “Black Hand Side”

Damn shame a lot of “hip-hop fans” haven’t heard this album. It’s a damn shame that a lot of hip-hop naysayers haven’t heard this album.  It’s the penalty for being the thing that people say doesn’t exist in rap music anymore. Watch the video and know that the album has an even greater message.  This week’s Re-Release is Pharoahe Monch’s “Black Hand Side“.

“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-PhazesDiamond 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.” – Allmusic.com

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Secret of the Wu

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Word? So the Wu recorded a secret double album that will tour with them in some big a$$ safe or something… And will eventually go to the highest bidder? Oh, and it’s the only copy? No disrespect but ODB must be rolling in his grave. Remember, “Puffys cool but Wu-tang is for the kids…”

Well, this album will be for the kid with the richest daddy. I understand artist need to make money by any means possible but damn. Most of the fans won’t be able to bid on this. I wonder if there are stipulations attached to this purchase. Can you distribute it? Royalties for Wu Members? No? Would it be more lucrative to just release it. Are the Wu Trolling us?

Who knows. One of the reasons they would take this approach is because the internet gets everything. Like Jay Z, Nipsey Hussell, and even Beyoncé… Maybe they just trying to get they money up front. I’ll tell you one thing, I want THAT album more than the one that’s being released  to the public.

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