Artist: Pharoahe Monch Track: "Free," "Desire" Album: Desire

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Somewhat reclusive and mysterious - even for someone who's made his mark and living crawling through the hip-hop underground - Pharoahe Monch returns with the layered, bombastic Desire, his first LP in eight years.

Much of what made people actually do what the emcee ordered in "Simon Says" remains - the pounding, the furious repeition, the throbbing heartbeat of an agry, intelligent man. But here, Monch is intent on getting darker and (I didn't think it was possible) more intense.

A number of great tracks can be found throughout the new release, but this pair is a good indication of the places he's going and what he's using to get there.