Pharoahe Monch has been talking about his upcoming album for a while now, leaving fans fiending for a taste of what the lyrical god has in store for us mere mortals. Now we have that taste, as the Queens MC unleashed Palindrome on the world a few days ago. Under the collaborative moniker, TH1RT3EN, which features drummer, Daru Jones and guitarist, Marcus Machado – both highly accomplished musicians – the trio let rip with Pharoahe incorporating a number of palindromes in too his rhyme schemes, reminding all of us why he is one of the most technically gifted rappers to ever pick up a pen. The track is produced by Nottz. More news on the album coming soon.
The mash up master, Tom Caruana, returns with another incredible project as he continues to blend areas of music that would otherwise remain perfect strangers. Following on from his earlier ventures, including Wu Tang vs. Hendrix and Wu Tang vs. The Beatles, the Tea Sea Records founder has now delved into the instrumentals of German experimental rock band, Can, who were one of the pioneers of the Krautrock explosion that occurred in the late-60s. Continue reading “Tom Caruana: Inner Space (Stream)”
Two masters of lyricism come together in the latest video from Masta Ace and Marco Polo’s recent collaboration. The Fight Song is taken from A Breukelen Story and features the ample talents of Pharoahe Monch. The album is out now on Fat Beats Records.
New music from Mr Monch as he returns with his latest single, Yayo. Again the single is a standalone track, following on from last year’s 24 Hours and it’s produced by Pharoahe’s long-term collaborator, Lee Stone (Simon Says, Queens etc.). As we know, there is a new album looming, which marks a change in musical direction for the Organized Konfusion veteran, as he has recorded the entire project with live instrumentation and a distinct rock influence. More news on 13 as and when I have it.
A few months ago, it was announced that J. Period would be recording a live mixtape, featuring arguably three of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a mic – Rakim, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch. The recording took place in New York, at Sony Hall and as well as the three main players, there were also appearances from the likes of Dres and Smif-N-Wessun. No surprise that the end result is a total barsfest, with everyone bringing their A-game to the mix. No mean feat considering it was all performed and recorded live in one take. The tape is basically split into three sections, with each MC performing some of their most loved material. Go lose yourself in the full project, which is available to stream below. Continue reading “J. Period ft. Rakim, Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch: The Live Mixtape (Stream)”
As we patiently await the arrival of Pharoahe Monch’s new LP, he has treated us to a fresh standalone track in the interim. 24 Hours sees the Queens MC reconnecting with M.O.P’s Lil Fame, as the duo deliver some typically heavyweight bars over a guitar driven beat, which was produced by Monch. The video was made by Mr Complex.
The gems continue to drop off this project from A-F-R-O and Marco Polo, as they release the latest video for Swarm. Featuring that most of intricate of MCs, Pharoahe Monch, expect some hefty wordplay from the duo. The eight track EP is out now on Duck Down Music and is available to download via iTunes.