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  • Summary: The fourth solo release for the New York rapper is a concept album influenced by his own experience with depression and features guest appearances from Black Thought, dEnAuN, Talib Kweli, and The Stepkids.
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  1. Apr 23, 2014
    90
    Pharoahe Monch has always been among the most talented rappers in the game, and now with PTSD, he has an album that showcases not only his lyrical prowess, but also his ability to craft a fully focused and theme driven album.
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Much like with W.A.R. and Desire, P.T.S.D. seeks to accomplish more than just keep Pharoahe’s spot on the criminally-underrated lists warm; instead, it makes a case for placing him among the Chuck Ds and Ice Cubes as one of Hip Hop’s sharpest social voices.
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Seamlessly weaving complexity into internal rhymes in verses and the overall thematic premise, PTSD excels at both micro and macro levels.
  4. May 13, 2014
    80
    All of it comes together for an album that's deep, attractive, and well-executed, but it's also incredibly wise.
  5. The Wire
    Jul 21, 2014
    80
    While PTSD is sometimes a slog, it's always substantial. [Jun 2014, p.63]
  6. Jun 19, 2014
    78
    Troy Jamerson remains one "Bad M.F.," most evident on fifth track "Damage," a pointed anthem about pop culture and sociological injustices over a searing sample extracted from LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out."
  7. Apr 28, 2014
    60
    The album’s structure collapses under its own weight thanks to questionable production and a plot that never becomes cohesive. Still, Monch’s bars are among the best in the game. Put his words over shoestring production and your jaw would still drop.

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  1. Jul 13, 2015
    10
    another incredible album by a legend. his storytelling has always been remarkable. he sounds great as ever. doesn't sound rusty at all. hisanother incredible album by a legend. his storytelling has always been remarkable. he sounds great as ever. doesn't sound rusty at all. his lyrical skills remain flawless. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2014
    10
    This album is a lot better than W.A.R. Desire is a little bit better in my opinion, but just by a hair. PTSD is about as good as InternalThis album is a lot better than W.A.R. Desire is a little bit better in my opinion, but just by a hair. PTSD is about as good as Internal Affairs. Props Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    7
    Much much better then the previous and very lackluster album W.A.R. Much more solid of an album on all fronts except for maybe the songMuch much better then the previous and very lackluster album W.A.R. Much more solid of an album on all fronts except for maybe the song Scream. Time 2 to me is the most standout track here. Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    Definitely liked the album a lot more than I thought I would, but didn't really want to return to it for more than three listens. A fewDefinitely liked the album a lot more than I thought I would, but didn't really want to return to it for more than three listens. A few standout tracks, and nothing particularly weak, but it's not in the conversation for year's best or anything. Expand