Pharoahe Monch ‎– Internal Affairs

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Intro 3:03
Behind Closed Doors 3:11
Queens 3:30
Rape 2:34
Simon Says 2:53
Official 3:47
Hell 3:09
No Mercy 4:29
Right Here 2:56
The Next Shit 3:20
The Ass 3:27
The Light 3:36
God Send 3:16
The Truth 3:56
Simon Says (Remix) 6:15

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RWK 1170 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(2xLP, Album) Rawkus RWK 1170 US 1999 Sell This Version
RWK 1174 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs (Instrumentals)(2xLP) Rawkus RWK 1174 US 1999 Sell This Version
P2 50137 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album) Rawkus P2 50137 US 1999 Sell This Version
P2 50137, 04992 50137 26 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album) Rawkus, Rawkus P2 50137, 04992 50137 26 US 1999 Sell This Version
V2 50137 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album) Virgin Music Canada V2 50137 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
P2 50138, 04992 50138 25 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album, Cle) Rawkus, Rawkus P2 50138, 04992 50138 25 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CDr, Album, Promo) Rawkus none UK 1999 Sell This Version
P4 50137 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(Cass, Album) Rawkus P4 50137 US 1999 Sell This Version
P2 50137, 485.1170.20 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] P2 50137, 485.1170.20 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
P2 50137, 723.1170.20 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] P2 50137, 723.1170.20 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
WM0002 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Trescadecaphobia WM0002 US 2020 Sell This Version
RWK 1170 Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs(2xLP, Album, RE) Rawkus RWK 1170 US Unknown Sell This Version

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VinylandKicks86

VinylandKicks86

August 2, 2020
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red, WM0002
great sounding pressing definitely worth picking up. . . .
williamschrisam

williamschrisam

July 20, 2020
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red, WM0002

Sound quality on this is really good, nice flat heavy weight vinyl too.
My copy does seem to have a bit of surface noise and some clicks in places but nothing too significant - fairly typical of coloured vinyls
dicedpeas

dicedpeas

June 16, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red, WM0002
Sounds awesome, bass is full, no major complaints on this pressing. Side C/D suffers from some inner groove distortion, but nothing too awful. Looks nice too.
nathanricaud

nathanricaud

June 15, 2020
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red, WM0002
How's the sound quality of this release? Vinyl looks amazing but want to make sure this pressing also sounds great!
marcoprolo

marcoprolo

June 8, 2020
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red, WM0002
Seems a bit heavier than usual . 180gram ? Thanks for your knowledge..!
DJCVR

DJCVR

October 28, 2019
edited 10 months ago
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, RE, RWK 1170

A solid debut of the legendary artist who I once read Eminem speak of the way Jay-Z spoke of Common.
"Internal Affairs" runs off the power of it's bass - rattling single "Simon Says" and continues to thrive off of the melding of comedy and seriousness from it's lead emcee. The collaboraters comprised of other respectable artists follow the Pharoahe 's lead and what results is a cohesive tale of introspection detailing the relatable ironies of the attempts to regale truth in a reality built on lies.
Though Monch sounds a little too much like Sadat-X, the bars show that the delivery on this tape is only just a homage to the golden age on the precipiss of the commercial era. That said, "Internal Affairs" serves as a bridge between not only eras, but also the self and the dabblings with the external. Probably why on Monch's albums he always reveals his eyes and not the remainder of his face, as a metaphor, that the soul is the intention of what this MC intends to bear to the public, but of course never all of it. Which ilis what makes this debut, of an artist shrouded in anonymity, so shockingly open and deep when exposed to a culture that can be easily mistaken for surface level materialism.
Capcussa

Capcussa

September 18, 2016
referencing Internal Affairs, 2xLP, Album, RWK 1170
anybody know any differences between this and the reissue? i have two copies, one which i'm sure is a reissue (purchased it new from HMV about 10 years ago), also has the printed inner. my other copy is identical
driver_ufo84

driver_ufo84

January 3, 2008
referencing Internal Affairs, CD, Album, P2 50137
At the time of its release, Internal Affairs leaned too much towards (gasp!) club tastes for the indie hip-hop heads (Rawkus Records' bread and butter) inflicted with the humorless purism that was running rampant in the underground. Could our personal favorite MC Pharoahe Monch really be making mindless club jams like "Simon Says" and "Right Here"? How dare he! But after becoming older, wiser, and haggard by every self-conscious "true-school" snoozefest or god-awful Anticon platter of pseudo-experimentalism being pressed in the underground, Internal Affairs has held up MUCH better than every little snobby shit like me made it out to be at the time. It's a shame the arrogant "indie or die" mentality was mucking the atmosphere of the hip-hop underground since the cold shoulder from fickle backpackers probably did as much damage to the reception of this album as did Rawkus' regrettable spiral into irrelevance (Industry Rule #4080 at work, kids!). Regardless of whether or not the production was a little more club-ready (for the time anyway; nowadays, this record sounds positively heavy and hard compared to what the industry churns out at present), Monch ravages the microphone with a vigor and creativity even the best MC's are probably bitterly envious of. Whether waxing battle rhymes that never meander into cliché ("Behind Closed Doors," "The Next Shit") or crafting some bleak and gut-churning visuals ("Hell" and the disturbingly brilliant "Rape"), Monch crafts an album that's as varied sonically and lyrically as all the most treasured hip-hop classics. And I bet you can't find one head these days who will talk shit about "Simon Says" (a modern-day anthem among hip-hop fans; those like me who talked shit ended up eating our hats). The inclusion of some Rawkus-era teasers like "Mayor" and "WWIII" would have been a nice touch, but considering Monch's until recent label hassles, having a full-length from one of the most overlooked MC's of all-time was something to be treasured. Taking the intellectual and articulate concerns of Organized Konfusion's trilogy and infusing them with a lively club atmosphere, Internal Affairs is a near-classic in its own right.
LyrikalSkillz

LyrikalSkillz

July 2, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Internal Affairs, CD, Album, P2 50137

Beyond all reasonable doubt, this album's packed with gems. From the radio-friendly & over-played "Simon Says"...the MOP-backed Alchemist-produced "No Mercy", all the way to the tongue-twisting "Hell" which features Can-I-Bus...not once do you feel the urge to push the FFWD button! Well, except maybe to skip "Simon Says" coz I've heard it a hundred to many times! The sexual "The Ass" is a track I keep going back to...coz it's different from the usual sex-story. "Right Here" is just so ruff, rugged and raw! A Pharoahe-fuelled street anthem. With Busta on "The Next Shit", you know it's a rap! Guaranteed to get any HipHop party blazin! And for the ladies, and for fellas on those laid back days when you don't feel like bangin ya head, Pharoahe got you on lock in "The Light", and the philosophical "God Send" and "The Truth", with Common thrown in for added measure. Overall...undiluted, uncompromised HipHop at it's finest.
ibbjamin

ibbjamin

April 6, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Internal Affairs, CD, Album, P2 50137

The mainstream market had a taste, or maybe a full course meal, of Pharoahe Monch with the overplayed Simon Says. Don't get me wrong, it is an excellent track, but you can only hear so much of a song before you get somewhat tired of it. If I was in the mood for Pharoahe Monch, I'd much rather listen to many of the other great tracks on this album that seem so easily overlooked; Queens, The Light, and The Truth to name a few of the highlights.