P.T.S.D.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

P.T.S.D.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Pharoahe MonchPharoahe Monch




Going big with his 2014 release, Pharoahe Monch offers a conceptual album that is somewhere between Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with a bit of the influence of Philip K. Dick, the sci-fi writer who gave the world Blade Runner and Total Recall. The Dick bit comes from the theme that a company called Recollection can remove anxiety, stress, and other bad thoughts from the brain, but with Monch pulling such inspiration and creativity out of isolation (the Pink Floyd influence) and injustice (the Marvin Gaye influence), the album as a whole is a vibrant argument against the Recollection company's tactics. It's a funky blow against the empire as well, as "Damage" borrows a weird bit of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" to tell its tale of gun violence; then there's the stately and aptly titled "Bad M.F.," which comes on like the brightest, proudest Kanye West production, thanks to longtime collaborator Lee Stone. Speaking of beats, check out the psychedelic kick Quelle Chris puts behind the rapper's cathartic therapy session called "Scream," while "D.R.E.A.M.," featuring Talib Kweli, finds Stone brewing up a sweet and soft funky shuffle over which Monch offers dreams both sublime ("You could benefit from getting off the Internet/For just a minute") and ridiculous ("I dreamed of candy-coated cars and panties that go with bras"). All of it comes together for an album that's deep, attractive, and well-executed, but it's also incredibly wise, as the 40+ rapper turns in a series of age-appropriate rhymes packed with insight and, at times, an "I can see clearly now" sense of purpose.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2014
Label: W.A.R.
UPC: 0881034186881
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pharoahe Monch   Primary Artist
Michael Ciro   Guitar,Drums
Nick S.S. Banns   Strings
Clara Inés Schuhmacher   Vocals
Ashley Grier   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jesse West   Producer
Michael Ciro   Engineer
Guy Routte   Executive Producer
Tim Walsh   Producer,Engineer
King of Chill   Engineer
Ola Kudu   Artwork,Cover Design
Tariq Trotter   Composer
Lee Stone   Composer,Producer
Pharoahe Monch   Producer,Executive Producer
Boogie Blind   Producer
Marco Polo   Producer
Chris Soper   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dan Edinberg   Producer,Engineer
Nick Banns   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jesse Singer   Producer,Engineer
M. Bruno   Composer
Nick S.S. Banns   String Arrangements
Jeff Gitelman   Producer,Engineer
T. Green   Composer
Troy Jamerson   Composer
Alby Cohen   Engineer
Tsidi Ibrahim   Composer
Quelle Chris   Producer
Cullen Brooks   Vocal Engineer
J. Singer   Composer
Brian Cid   Engineer
Christopher Willcocks   Cover Photo
Q. Chris   Composer
Brandon "B.A.M." Hodge   Producer

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