The bars of Pharoahe Monch shall be preserved in a papyrus for centuries to come, should his moniker prove to be foreshadowing. Despite consistently keeping himself at the top tier of technically proficient lyricists, Monch has remained perpetually underrated in the grand scheme of things. Luckily, the rapper has remained undeterred, and has returned to us now in our time of need. A few days back, Pharoahe dropped off "Yayo," a standalone single unattached from any impending project. Taking to a raucous arrangement of electric guitars, Monch kicks things off with some brilliant wordplay, employing a ridiculously clever play on "key."
For those familiar with Monch's work, you already know that the man is capable of penning sentences that marvel. Though his beat-selection can sometimes falter, few can dispute that Pharoahe deserves a spot in everyone's playbook, on the basis of his wordplay alone. Peep "Yayo" now, and sound off. Is this the Monch you've been waiting for?
Melodic embargo, you know what's in the cargo,
I ship keys my n***a, never eat escargot
Kia cops car, cop keys in Key Largo
Queens get cheese, we don't bang
You n***as get caught with the keys and all sing
Singin ass n***as be outta key, you can't hang
The whole key to our shit's fucked up in the game