Album Review | Pharoahe Monch – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This album came out in April last year. I never listened to a Pharoahe Monch project. I only know him from features. He always kills the features tho. He used to be in a duo called Organized Konfusion. I heard of them, but I never actually listened to they music. I might have to check one of they projects out in the future. I’ve heard good things about this project, so this should be good.

Track 1: The Recollection Facility

This is the same speech from the album trailer, from the android voice. It’s just a guy that works at “The Recollection Facility” telling people shit like “our treatments are painless.” Fuck no. Nigga can stay the fuck away from me. I’m keepin’ all my memories. Y’all can just sit the fuck down ’cause I ain’t lettin’ no fuckin’ robots into my head.

Track 2: Time2 (Prod. Marco Polo)

This beat is dope af. His flow isn’t bad. This is dope. I fuck with the hook. Holy shit this second verse is dope af. He stuttering all over this shit and it’s dope af. The way he delivers every bar makes it actually sound like he’s emotionally unstable. I fuck with this. This shit is dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Losing My Mind Feat. Mr. Porter (Prod. Jesse West)

Mr. Porter is a member of D12, a rap group signed to Shady Records. I only heard they music on the 2nd disc of SHADY XV (which was ass btw). Shit wasn’t that good. Hopefully Mr. Porter doesn’t make this track worse. Damn, this nigga be singin’ like a mf. This is dope. The beat is dope af. Pharoahe Monch’s delivery on these songs is just great. He actually sounds like a guy with PTSD. The first verse is dope. He’s talkin’ about the fucked up shit he saw when he was in the war and how that shit messed him up. Mr. Porter is actually dope on this shit. He sounds great singin’ over this beat. I’m so fucking hungry right now… Pharoahe Monch is contemplating suicide a lot on this song. “So I, spin the cylinder on my revolver / Then, maybe let it draw blood like Chupacabra / And dissolve into the abyss, without evolving / Instead of revolving around the habitual problem solver.” Damn, the words he’s usin’ on this song make me feel stupid. I don’t know wtf all these big words mean. It sounds cool tho. JK the words aren’t really that big… But you can tell he put a lot of thought into how he worded what he was saying. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 4: Heroin Addict (Prod. Pharoahe Monch)

I just went downstairs to the kitchen and tried to find the pizza that we had for dinner, but I couldn’t find it. I know we have some left over. There were like 5 slices left. I spent like 12 minutes looking for it and I couldn’t find it. I’m so mad right now. I ended up eating two corndogs. I’m still hungry tho. This is just an interlude. A heroin addict lost his “Marlboros” and is playing a song in some band. “We’re damaged.” This is an intro the to next track I guess…

Track 5: Damage (Prod. Lee Stone)

This hook is dope. The beat’s dope too. This is seriously dope. Pharoahe Monch’s delivery makes him sound fucking crazy. It kinda reminds me of Eminem. Without the wack beats & hooks tho. He’s rapping from the perspective of a bullet. His flow sounds so clean. Every word is just… there. I don’t know how to say it. When he says some shit you really hear it. He just sounds so powerful. He sounds like he’s in charge of the song. He sounds like a spoken word artist with a beat playing in the background. The second verse is crazy. His flow is just great. The hooks gonna be stuck in my head all day. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 6: Bad M.F. (Prod. Lee Stone)

Bad Motherfucker

Oh fuck yes this beat is dope af. Pharoahe Monch does a great job riding this beat. The bridge is dope. Lmao this hook is hilarious. It’s dope. Monch’s flow is dope. I fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 7: The Recollection Facility, Pt. 2

Ok the robot voice guy is talking to Pharoahe. It sounds like he’s unconscious and he’s having some crazy dream. He thinks it’s real and the robot guy is all like “Dude, it’s not real. Wake up man, you’re freakin’ me out.” That’s not exactly how he said it, but that’s pretty much what he was saying.

Track 8: Rapid Eye Movement Feat. Black Thought (Prod. Marco Polo)

The beat’s dope af. The hook’s dope. Monch is just saying some weird shit. I guess that fits the theme of rapid eye movement. Everything he’s saying does sound like something you would see in a crazy dream. Monch killed it. God damn… Thought fuckin’ killed that shit. Every time Black Thought gets a feature he fucking kills it, but damn… He REALLY killed it this time. He went the fuck off. That shit was crazy. I definitely fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. 5/5

Track 9: Scream (Prod. Quelle Chris)

This beat is kind of a mess. Monch did his thing, but this beat… It gets even worse during the hook. It’s so grating and then whoever’s singin’ on the hook is hollerin’ in my fuckin’ ear. I can’t do this. This is bad. Monch did his thing, but the hook & the beat are cacophonous. Yeah this is too much. Not feelin’ this. 2/5

Track 10: SideFX Feat. Dr. Pete

This is another interlude. Idk who Dr. Pete is… Sound like a real doctor. This is just a commercial for some steroid inhalers. There are like 15 side effects, including death. Hell nah, y’all can keep that shit. Y’all tryna kill me. Fuck you Dr. Pete. Stay the fuck away from me.

Track 11: The Jungle (Prod. Marco Polo)

This beat is dope af. This is dope. Monch is talkin’ about locations on earth with poor living conditions. Places where people die a lot. Like Chiraq or Cape Town. The hook is cool. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 12: Broken Again (Prod. The Lion Share Music Group)

This beat is dope. The hook isn’t bad. He’s rappin’ about bein’ addicted to heroin. His voice kinda sounds like Jay Z on this one. Kinda. A little bit. The hook is a little… It sounds a little corny. Sorta like a sad Disney movie song. It’s not that bad… But it kinda… I think I would like this song better without it. This song is still dope tho. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 13: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Prod. DJ Boogie Blind & B.A.M.)

This beat is alright. It sounds kinda messy. The hook’s alright. Monch did his thing. Idk. The beat isn’t as bad as Scream, but it’s just not that good. The hook isn’t that good either. This is alright. Nothin’ special tho… 3/5

Track 14: D.R.E.A.M. Feat. Talib Kweli (Prod. Lee Stone)

This hook isn’t bad. Monch fuckin’ killed the first verse. Especially the second half. That was dope. He killed the second verse too. The beat is dope. Talib Kweli’s flow on this shit is dope af. He fuckin’ killed it. That verse was crazy. I fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. 5/5

Track 15: The Recollection Facility, Pt. 3 (Prod. Pharoahe Monch)

Ok the robot guy is tellin’ Monch that he was in a coma for 10 years and now it’s 2024 and he is going to jail for some reason.

Track 16: Eht Dnarg Noisulli Feat. The Stepkids (Prod. The Stepkids & Pharoahe Monch)

This is just The Grand Illusion, a song from his previous album, with a different beat and a slightly different hook & second verse. Haven’t listened to that album yet, so I’m still gonna talk about this. The beat is dope. Pharoahe Monch doesn’t really flow very well over it tho… Not really feelin’ the hook either. The lyrics are cool and everything, but as a song… I ain’t really feelin’ this. 2/5

Final Thoughts:

This was a pretty dope project. The first half of the project was definitely better than the second tho. The production & hooks went down in quality after Rapid Eye Movement. By the way, the pizza was apparently in the wine refrigerator because my mom couldn’t fit it in the regular one. Or the one in the garage. I’m ’bout to have some right now… It’s from Randy’s… Anyway, Pharoahe Monch is the best thing about this project. There’s not one wack verse on this. All the features (except the Stepkids, I guess) do an amazing job. Talib Kweli & Black Thought both had amazing verses. Pharoahe Monch really did a great job with the whole PTSD theme too. Every song makes him seem crazy or emotionally unstable. I fuck with this project.

Favorite Track: Time2

Least Favorite Track: Scream




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