Pharoahe MonchIt’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Pharoahe Monch. After an eight-year hiatus, the rapper dropped his sophomore album Desire in 2007. Today, he’s left his longtime home of SRC Records and is ready to go the indie route.

The New York rapper recently revealed to XXL that he’s back in the lab readying his next album, W.A.R., set to drop on his own, indie label of the same name.

“I started a record label called W.A.R. Media,” he explained. “We Are Renegades is the name of the label, which is also the name of the album. And we have a plethora of distribution situations and label situations, but I definitely wanna stay on the ownership side and the independent side and gain a little bit more control in this point of my career.”

In light of the declining music industry, Monch says sticking with SRC just didn’t make sense, a route several major artists are moving towards these days.

“[SRC] offered us a scenario at the end to do another album and I just felt that the way the industry is going and the experience that I have and the professional people that I know, I felt like what they were offering, I could come close to doing that myself,” he said. “So I opted out.”

The upcoming album is expected to drop in 2010, and will include guest spots from Styles P, Cee-Lo and Talib Kweli.