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Pharoahe Monch Talks 'PTSD' & Hip-Hop Culture On ThisIs50

Pharoahe Monch is the latest rapper to take the hot seat for the Reddit IAmA. He talks everything from “Simon Says” and Eminem, to the rather curious mention of an upcoming name change. His appearance on the popular live chat series follows appearances from a notable selection of guests including Schoolboy Q, Asher Roth and RZA. This is the latest from Monch since the release of his PTSD LP, which arrived on April 15 via War Media. He breaks down the sample science behind “Simon Says” – a discussion thread that found fans across the world assuring Monch that the price of the sample was well worth it. He also makes note of his favorite artists, talks potential collaborations and his desire to ditch the traditional album model. There’s also a brief discussion of the Roots Picnic. Check out the text below to get a taste of the chat. Read the full discussion via Reddit. Purchase the PTSD LP via iTunes. Stay tuned for more from Pharoahe Monch.

Reddit: How much trouble did you get into for sampling the Godzilla theme for Simon Says?
Pharoahe Monch: The label, the distributer and myself were sued for $420,000 (O.O) and life has’nt been the same since … LOL

R: Hey Monch! Whats your favourite artist? Make sure to check out /r/hiphopheads.
PM: John Byrne! LOL

R: Any young talent that you’re interested in collaborating with?
Is there any chance you and Prince Po will ever reunite for another Organized Konfusion album?
Will we be seeing a new motif in your future projects or will you continue the War one?
Feel free to answer any or none of these and thank you so much for doing this AMA!

PM: I’m a huge Danny Brown fan, Action Bronson etc me and prince have new music *see Animal Serum (prince poe) Pharoahe Dies at the end of PTSD .. Im no longer recording under that name or doing anymore traditional albums!

R: Were you a fan of the new eminem album where he name checks you a couple times?
PM: Em is the fucking man for that shout out .. big fan

R: Pharoahe, the Philly boy in me loved seeing Black Thought guest on Rapid Eye Movement but what I really want to know is when you will make my dreams come true and play with the Roots at their Picnic?
PM: (O.O) ??? Good Question

R: Monch – who are a few of your biggest influences and why? What are a couple albums you hold close? Who are a couple of your favorite producers?
PM: Led Zep, Rush, Maiden, Sabbath, the Police, Hendrix, Coltrane, Eugene Mcdaniels, PE, Rage, … The Large Professor is my favorite hip hop producer .

Comments

  • Anna Menace

    RUSH (all caps)

  • jwashington3

    I love the John Byrne drop (comic fans know).