I get one biased choice on this top 25 list, and W.A.R. happens to be that album. Pharoahe Monch is probably my favorite MC of all time, and him being included in this list has a lot to do with that fact. Not to say this album isn’t outstanding, because it is, Pharoahe is one of the most versatile MC’s in the game. He has been for years, from his time with Organized Konfusion, to owning every track on Rawkus, and now settling down with Duck Down Records. On W.A.R. Pharoahe comments on the plight of the world and the U.S.A. Crooked cops, drugs, the struggles of the poor and disenfranchised are all subjects Pharoahe and his supporting cast touch on with this release. Pharoahe is an underground king, spitting knowledge and unraveling history with his rhymes. He holds his own with underground artists such as Immortal Technique or Phonte, and comes right back and mixes it up with Styles P or Royce da 5'9". He is a rap chameleon, a lyrical genius with his ear to the streets. On the track “Evolve” Pharoahe Monch sums himself up pretty damn well by stating, “They discuss blood, crips, tecs, jamming, and drugs/I speak of world peace, war, famine, and flood/Watching Pan’s Labyrinth while I’m unraveling bud/Gambling on the next rapper to die in the hood.” Mr. Monch is better than your favorite rapper, and that’s just the truth.
Cali Cruisin’ is one of the many songs on the Beautiful Resistance album that Eligh produced. I rarely talk about my skills, and this song is still not about attempting to claim positions; but it is very clearly a happy exploration of craft that i needed to experience when it was recorded. I think part of what you hear is simply me rhyming under the sunshine and loving myself more so that I can love others more. Play this loud and listen. This is track number seven in the true album sequence. Hold onto it… Download from soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/warmedia/mystic-cali-cruisin