Internal Affairs (album)

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Internal Affairs
Studio album by Pharoahe Monch
Released October 19, 1999
Recorded 1998−99
Genre Hip hop
Length 53:22
Label Rawkus, Priority
Producer DJ Scratch
Pharoahe Monch
Lee Stone
The Alchemist
Diamond D
Pharoahe Monch chronology
Internal Affairs
(1999)
Desire
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com 9/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Source 4.5/5 stars[4]

Internal Affairs is the solo debut from former Organized Konfusion member Pharoahe Monch, released on Rawkus Records and Priority Records. Monch creates a harder sound than heard on the previous Organized Konfusion records. The album spawned the Hot 100 hit "Simon Says". Monch made his highest debut on the charts, just missing the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart, going on to sell over 200,000 copies.[citation needed]

The album remains out of print due to Pharoahe Monch's refusal to record for the Geffen Records label after Universal Music Group acquired Rawkus Records from Priority.[5] Rawkus, as well as its then-parent label MCA Records, were later folded by the Universal Music Group into Geffen Records.

The album was well received by music critics and fans, receiving a near-perfect 4.5 mics rating from The Source. About.com ranked Internal Affairs #84 on their list of 100 best rap albums.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   George Spivey, Troy Jamerson DJ Scratch 3:04
2. "Behind Closed Doors"   Jamerson Pharoahe Monch 3:12
3. "Queens"   Hod David, Jamerson, Maxwell Rivera Pharoahe Monch, Lee Stone 3:31
4. "Rape"   Jamerson Pharoahe Monch 2:37
5. "Simon Says"   Jamerson Pharoahe Monch 2:55
6. "Official"   Jamerson, Less Stone Lee Stone 3:48
7. "Hell" (featuring Canibus) Germaine Williams, Jamerson, Stone Lee Stone 3:10
8. "No Mercy" (featuring M.O.P.) Alan Maman, Eric Murray, Jamal Grinnage, Jamerson The Alchemist 4:30
9. "Right Here"   Jamerson, Spivey DJ Scratch 2:57
10. "The Next Shit" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Jamerson, Stone, Trevor Smith, Jr. Pharoahe Monch, Lee Stone 3:21
11. "The Ass" (featuring Apani B. Fly) Apani Smith, Jamerson, Joseph Kirkland Diamond D 3:28
12. "The Light"   Kirkland, Jamerson Diamond D 3:39
13. "God Send" (featuring Prince Po) Jamerson, Lawrence Baskerville, Stone Lee Stone, Pharoahe Monch 3:17
14. "The Truth" (featuring Common & Talib Kweli) Kirkland, Jamerson, Lonnie Lynn, Jr., Talib Greene Diamond D 3:57
15. "Simon Says" (Remix) (featuring Lady Luck, Redman, Method Man, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Busta Rhymes) Clifford Smith, Jamerson, Marcus Vialva, Reginald Noble, Shanel Jones, Smith Pharoahe Monch 6:16
Sample credits
  • "Intro" contains samples of "Blues and The Abstract Truth" by Oliver Nelson.
  • "Behind Closed Doors" contains samples of "Aftermath" by Quincy Jones.
  • "Queens" contains samples of "Til the Cops Come Knockin" by Maxwell.
  • "Rape" contains samples of "Candy Man" by Quincy Jones.
  • "Simon Says" and "Simon Says (remix)" contains samples of "Gojira tai Mosura Theme" by Akira Ifukube.
  • "No Mercy" contains samples of "The Trap" by Jerry Goldsmith.
  • "The Next Shit" contains samples of "Espani Cani" by Sid Bass.
  • "The Light" contains samples of "Mi Cosa" by Wes Montgomery, and "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" by George Benson.
  • "God Send" contains samples of "Iggin Me" by Chico DeBarge.
  • "The Truth" contains samples of "Cristo Redentor" by Harvey Mandel.

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Simon Says"
  • Released: 1999
  • B-side: "Behind Closed Doors"
"The Light"
  • Released: 2000
  • B-side: "Right Here (Remix)" (featuring Xzibit), "Livin' It Up"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Simon Says" (1999, director: Busta Rhymes)
  • "The Light" (2000, director: Jeff Richter)

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1999 Internal Affairs 41 6

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Simon Says" 97 29 3
2000 "The Light" - - 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews.com review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ The Source review
  5. ^ Mugan, Chris (November 26, 2007). "Pharoahe Monch: A rapper on the rise". November 25, 2007 (London: independent.co.uk). Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  6. ^ Adaso, Henry. "The Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time - Top 100 Rap/Hip-Hop Albums". About.com.