Even amongst the plentiful Hip-Hop scene of the 1990's, "Pharoahe Monch" has always found a way to stand out with his complex, cinematic, and multisyllabic rhyme schemes that is to the this day still revered and respected in Hip-Hop. Monch was, "Troy Donald Jamerson" in Queens, New York on October 31st, 1972. The Queen's bred MC who is the former half of the ultra talented Queen's Rap Duo, "Organized Konfusion". Monch actually started off as a beatboxer for the group early on but would soon realize his great skills of being an MC and would join his partner, "Prince Po" as the second MC of the group. Together they would shop around their demo tapes until they finally inked a deal with the label, "Hollywood Basic" which would help them push their self-titled debut and acclaimed album, "Organized Konfusion" in 1991. The album received perfect ratings across many publications for their high skilled lyrical ability, intelligent metaphors and brilliant production. It was revered so much that they even developed a cult following from fans of underground Hip Hop. The duo would release two more high quality projects in, "Stress: The Extinction Agenda (1994)" & "The Equniox (1997)" which would receive more high praise from publications and their fans but would not achieve any high milestones for record sales. Regardless of their apparent success and chemistry with one another, eventually they had to disband the group as both were ready to venture off as solo artists.
Just two years later, Monch would sign to an independent label, "Rawkus Records" and would release his debut solo project, "Internal Affairs" in 1999 that bolstered the hit single, "Simon Says". Due to controversy from his debut single over an uncleared sample, Monch would not release another solo project for several years and would instead do features such as the hit song he released with, "Nate Dogg" and "Mos Def" in, "Oh No" (2000). Pharoahe even contributed to the, "Training Day Soundtrack" with the hit song, "Fuck You" that showcases his unparalleled flow and delivery over cinematic-like production. To his fans' delight Monch would release another project in 2006, "The Awakening", setting the perfect stage for the release of Monch's second critically acclaimed album, "Desire" in 2007 that bolstered the singles, "Push" & "Let's Go". Once again Monch would make his supporters wait years until he finally released his quality third solo album, "W.A.R.: We Are Renegades" which featured artists such as, but not limited to, "Jill Scott", "Styles P", "Royce Da 5'9" and "Immortal Technique". The album's lead single was, "Clap" which Monch would make into a fusion music video and short film alike. Most recently Monch released his fourth studio album in, "PTSD" under his independent label, "W.A.R. Media" that bolstered two singles, "Bad MF" & "Damage" (2014).
In this interview, Monch illuminates that his longevity in this Rap industry and gaining so much respect from his Hip-Hop peers comes from deciding at the beginning of his career that he would always treat his craft like a true art form like the artists he was influenced by (that include, "John Coltrane" & "James Brown"). We encourage you to check some of his best music below from arguably one of the best lyricists of all time!