I haven’t stopped listening to Pharoahe Monch‘s new album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), since I purchased it last week after its March 22 release under W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Records. If you’ve already done your part to support, check this great thank you on Facebook from P. Monch himself. It’s clear the hip-hop veteran cares about his craft. In a stellar interview with Out Da Box TV (below) he speaks of the new album, struggling with asthma, and much more.
Real hip-hop heads should appreciate the passion he has for spreading the truth: “When you have this mic in your hand, it’s a moment to say something that might resonate with one person out there. I feel like personally, I have a calling to bring about and share the knowledge that I’ve obtained. Of late, I’ll do the flows, and the lyrics, and the gymnastics, but it’s important to me that the message is on point.”
He continues: “It’s time to build with brothers about higher-level shit. We need to levitate. We need to make objects move. We need to have real conversation.”
And concludes: “I just want from this new project, for you to find something on there to move you emotionally. Because that’s what I tried to do—implement honesty, move you emotionally and inspire you.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired. Not just because W.A.R. is probably the best album that’s been released since The Roots’s How I Got Over last year, but also because Pharoahe Monch, as usual, digs deep in his soul to spit out the truth. Get used to it. Get used to wisdom. Get used to usage of a backward euphemism.