Talib Kweli & Pharoahe Monch Talk Organized Konfusion, Rawkus, Eminem, D.I.T.C
In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, producer and one half of the legendary duo Organized Konfusion:
Pharoahe earned his rightful reputation as an underground king and one of hip hop’s most respected lyricists. Here’s some of what we discussed:
• The deep rap lineage of his hometown Jamaica Queens and his song ‘Queens’.
• The origins of his name and how much of it really had to do with Monchhichis.
• Producer Paul C and how essential he was to the group Organized Konfusion.
• How John Coltrane helped Pharoahe develop his style as well as overcome his asthma.
• Organized Konfusion’s ties with O.C. and The Diggin’ In The Crates Crew.
• The importance of his Organized Konfusion rapping partner Prince Po.
• The significance of his Pharoahe’s song ‘Agent Orange’.
• What the song ‘Simon Says’ did for underground hip hop and Rawkus Records.
• The vibe, creative atmosphere and artists inspiring each other at Rawkus.
• Pharoahe and Common both have singles entitled ‘The Light’ out at the same time.
• ‘When the Gun Draws’ and it’s lyrics being written from the perspective of a bullet.
• Feelings of Eminem giving Pharoahe a shoutout on ‘Rap God’.
• Covering the topics of mental illness and depression coming from first-hand experience.
• The making of ‘Assassins’ featuring Jean Grae, Royce Da 5’9″.
• Rock N Roll contributing to Pharoahe’s vibe, music and attitude.
• His latest project Th1rt3en and recruiting Daru Jones and Marcus Machado.
• Pharoahe’s love of dark hip hop like Mobb Deep and M.O.P..
• The internal process of making the song ‘Racist’.
• Keyon Harrold’s son being attacked by a Karen.