Black Is Back
PE take aim at the notion of "real" in hip-hop culture, bemoan Western imperialism and espouse the possibility of revolt (sentiments that range from disturbing to sad to wistful). Chuck has always sounded great backed by horns (remember Pete Rock's 1992 remix of "Shut Em Down"?), and "Harder than You Think" recalls their most transcendent moments. On the grumpy "Can You Hear Me Now" and "Flavor Man," it's easy to imagine them entering their twilight years -- Flava busting on nurses, Chuck growing gray and embittered in his tower of agitprop.