EXCLUSIVE: Pharoahe Monch Joins Duck Down for New Album W.A.R

(AllHipHop News) AllHipHop.com has confirmed that Pharoahe Monch’s upcoming third solo LP W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) has found a home with Duck Down Records. Originally, Monch announced last September that he would be leaving his previous label SRC to distribute W.A.R. through his own imprint, W.A.R. Media. At the time, he cited the overall decline of the music industry as reason to forego a major label deal. But with premier indie label Duck Down, Monch feels he has secured the distribution and creative control needed to make W.A.R. a success. As heard on his last LP Desire (2007), Monch explained he will continue exploring spiritual elements while maintaining the high level lyricism his fans have come to expect since his 1991 debut with Organized Konfusion. "I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music,” Monch told AllHipHop.com. “This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things.” Regarding guest spots and production, Pharoahe Monch revealed a balanced mix of past collaborators and new affiliates. “Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come,” he stated. “It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary." Tomorrow (March 19), fans in Austin, Texas can see Monch as a part of Duck Down’s 15 Year Anniversary Concert at the SXSW Showcase, located at The Scoot Inn on East 4th Street. Doors open at 8PM. Pharoahe Monch’s W.A.R. is targeted for a summer release. Listed below are his upcoming April tour dates with Slaughterhouse. April 3 Saint John, NB Evolution Nightclub April 4 St. John's, NF Club One April 5 Halifax, NS Paragone Theatre April 7 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub April 8 Toronto, ON Venue TBC April 9 Cornwall, ON Rangatangs Nightclub April 10 Montreal, QC Telus Theatre April 12 Thunder Bay, ON Roxys Nightclub April 13 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret April 14 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre April 15 Calgary, AB The Whiskey Nightclub April 16 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room April 17 Lethbridge, AB Venue TBC April 18 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar April 21 Victoria, BC Element April 22 Vancouver, BC Venue TBC