Pharoahe Monch's album W.A.R. has been in the works for some time now. The first single, "Shine," dropped last July. Recently, the excellent video for "Clap (One Day)" premiered. The game's been missing Monch, and it's good to have him back. Dense, multisyllabic wordplay has been overtaken by hashtag rap. Time to set the record straight.

Pharoahe Monch, with a whole slew of guests, will take over the upstairs at Boston's Middle East Monday night. Tickets won't be available for much longer. Simon says, "get the fuck up!" (and buy tickets).

Pharoahe Monch
Monday, March 21
9 p.m.
The Middle East
480 Mass Ave, Cambridge, Mass.
Tickets $15