The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 07.09.11

The Pace Report: "The Confessions of a Hip Hop Renegade" The Pharoahe Monch Interview

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At a time when hip-hip has lost its glamor and voice, Emcee Pharoahe Monch has continued to raise the bar on performing and writing music with a purpose. His latest disc “W.A.R” (We Are Renegades) proves one that he doesn’t have to affiliated with a major record label to stay current. Two, if your music fans dig what your saying that they speak truth in numbers at his shows as well as online. “W.A.R’ is selling extremely well on i Tunes and features the likes of vocalist Jill Scott and Emcee Jean Grae. His latest video “Clap,” about the way the police department and other law enforcement agencies have and continue to use excessive force against minorities and people of color. The 10 minute video has received lots of hits on You Tube and is a hit on MTV. Born Tory Donald Jamerson in Queens, New York, the Emcee’s rise in hip-hop goes back to the early 1990’s when he and Prince Poetry formed the group Organized Konfusion. The duo produced three underground classic albums including the self titled debut “Organized Konfusion,” “Stress: The Extinction Agenda,” and “The Equinox.” Their music fused some rock, elements of hip-hop, and lyrics that were often ahead of their time. After the group broke-up in 1998, Pharoahe recorded the landmark “Internal Affairs” on the Rawkus label. It was his time to shine as a budding Emcee as well as show the world his concept as a musician with a purpose. The disc spawned the hip-hop anthem “Simon Says.” He also recorded tracks and was featured on “Soundbombing II” and the “Lyricist Lounge” compilations. His second disc “Desire” was released on Motown Records and was success amongst his underground following. Although Pharoahe’s only recorded three solo projects in a span of 12 years proves that he’s not one to mass produce his music to generate sales. Along with the added notoriemoreless

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