We’ve all seen a few episodes of “Making The Band,” including the one with the infamous “cheesecake walk.” That alone makes the idea of working for the devil repulsive if you have a vertebrae and walk upright. But that was simply for a chance to record on Bad Boy Records, not exactly a dream job given the state of the music industry. What if you were given the opportunity to write for Puffy, receive publishing checks for life and do it all while imagining you’re a $250 million dollar man?
As he tells Combat Jack, Pharoahe Monch got to live that existence for a short while as he had a hand in the writing of Press Play. Say every negative thing you or I may about Lucifer, he has an uncanny knack for making music that works well for life’s lighter moments like chasing women, partying and dancing in the mirror to get your confidence up before doing either of the aforementioned two acts. And while Monch is considered all Hip-Hop’ed out, it’s quite impressive that he was able to tap into the mindset that allowed him craft lyrics for what ended up being a good album (weren’t we here recently?).
While we are here, it seems like as good a time as any to say that without even discussing his past critical accolades, Monch’s Duck Down debut W.A.R. could be a problem. He’s already self-assessed that it will be the most “best cohesive lyrical album he’s ever done” which means the Jansport team should be pretty delighted with the cerebral challenges it will bring. Moi? After watching him tear down the DD stage @ SXSW…at the time I didn’t want to continue hammering everyone across the brain with “man, you had to be there” updates. But watching him perform as if he was given 24 hours to live and it was the last stage he’d have a chance to rock, it was beyond impressive. And it left me wondering if that’s the time of energy that affiliating himself with Dru and co. brings, then maybe the album could end up being catastrophic, in a good sense. But only to select few. I’m guessing it’ll never tear up radio and dance floors like a Press Play would. In my book, that’s a good thing though.