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Pharoahe Monch Interview

Pharoahe Monch is an emcee from Queens, NY. Known for complex delivery and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. He was a member of the hip hop duo Organized Konfusion alongside Prince Po. The two were responsible for most of the production and released three albums together, the self-titled Organized Konfusion, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, and The Equinox. Soon after, the two split to focus on solo careers, and Monch joined Rawkus Records. After appearances on several projects including Soundbombing 2, Monch released his debut album, Internal Affairs, in 1999. The first single, “Simon Says”, became a hit and was featured in the films Charlie’s Angels and Boiler Room. In 2000, Monch collaborated with Mos Def and Nate Dogg on the Lyricist Lounge 2 song “Oh No”. He also contributed the Training Day soundtrack and the theme song to Madden NFL 2002. In 2007 Monch released his sophomore album, Desire, with production from The Alchemist, Mr. Porter, Black Milk, and Monch himself. In 2011, Monch’s third album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), was released and featured Jill Scott, Styles P, Citizen Cope, Jean Grae, Royce Da 5’9″, DJ Boogie Blind, Showtyme, and more. Check out Monch’s latest single, “Stand Your Ground”.

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