Pharoahe Monch is a Grammy nominated hip hop emcee from Queens New York. He has been at the forefront of lyrical innovation for two-decades. Not only is he one of hip hop’s preeminent lyricists, crafting intricate rhyme schemes and intelligent raps, he is an incisive political and social commentator, using hip hop as a platform for political engagement.

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Hip Hop Emcee, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film and Music Video Producer/Director, Social Activist, Co-founder/Owner of W.A.R. Media LLC, Founding member of Organized Konfusion and Public Speaker.

Pharoahe Monch is acclaimed for his complex rapping technique - Allmusic says, "He has a reputation as one of underground hip hop's pre-eminent lyricists, crafting intricate and intelligent raps." Kool Moe Dee ranks him at 26 in his best MCs of all-time list, from his book, There's a God on the Mic. Kool Moe Dee notes, "Pharoahe Monch is like an eloquent linguistics professor moonlighting as a rhyme serial killer terrorist, challenging the listeners' I.Q. while daring him or her to keep up."

In the book "How to Rap", Monch compares writing and recording his lyrics to writing and filming a movie. He says, he will 'punch-in' vocals so he can "retake some things, just like a film", and he 'rewrites' lyrics, and he will go back as a screenwriter and rewrite scenes and leave more to the imagination."

As a 20 year industry vet, Pharoahe Monch's speaker topics cover a broad range: hip hop MCing, producing, composing, songwriting, lyricism, creating and recording multiple albums, movie and video game soundtrack songwriting, multi-media production company co-founder/owner of W.A.R. Media LLC, experiences traveling the globe on hundreds of worldwide tours as a solo artist and former member of former Organized Konfusion, and social responsibility and activism.

Speaker Topics more topics and workshops available upon request.
  • Pharoahe Monch: "20 Years of Hip-Hop” - Discussion and Q & A
  • Rapping and Poetry: Multisyllabic and Internal Rhyme
  • Emceeing

2014 Year In Review
"PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"

#11 - Rap Albums
#19 - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
#19 - Independent Albums
#102 - Billboard 200

#1 - The 10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014 - New York Observer
#4 - 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2014 - The Village Voice
#5 - 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 - Watchloud
 The Best Music of 2014 - The Wall Street Journal
The HipHopGods 2014 Year In Review - RAPstation

With his highly-anticipated fourth solo-LP, “PTSD” (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) April 15, 2014 album release, Pharoahe Monch re-emerges with a new concept project from the ground-breaking emcee featuring guest appearances from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun Porter, The Stepkids, Vernon Reid and production from Lee Stone, Marco Polo, Jesse West & Quelle Chris.

'Rapid Eye Movement' featuring Black Thought of the Roots Crew, is a lyrical barrage worthy of these two titans, as Monch and Black Thought get lucid for a 4-minute exhibition of pure lyricism. "Rapid Eye Movement" is produced by Marco Polo with scratches by DJ Revolution.
Pharoahe Monch, throughout his storied career, has always chosen to attempt to reach the souls of Hip-Hop folk with high caliber lyricism over a wide variety of music inspired by some of the greatest musicians of all time. “Music is dear to me, it is the soundtrack to our history. So many legends have partaken in it since its inception.” says Monch.

Monch found a partner in rhyme, Prince Poetry with a critically acclaimed run as the legendary Organized Konfusion, bursting on the scene with the creative and inventive “Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken”. The album was lauded for the duo's inventive rhyme schemes, jazz related production and densely packed lyricism that challenged their listeners and stretched the boundaries of conventional Hip-Hop. Following their third release, The Equinox in 1997, Organized disbanded, leaving Pharoahe Monch to express himself as a soloist.

His 1998 highly touted solo debut, Internal Affairs, crafted one of the greatest underground Hip-Hop albums ever with soul driven melody on songs like “Queens” and the crowd moving hit, “Simon Says”, which became a monster single, propelling Monch to commercial success. The song appeared in the blockbuster movie Charlie's Angels, as well as Boiler Room, which also featured “Right Here".

Pharoahe would not release another solo project for several years. He did still make some songs and guest appearances however. In 2000 he featured with Mos Def and Nate Dogg on the hit song "Oh No" from the Rawkus compilation record Lyricist Lounge 2. He contributed the song "Fuck You" to the Training Day soundtrack in 2001, and rapped the theme song to Madden NFL 2002. In 2003 Pharoahe released his final single through Rawkus Records, "Agent Orange", a war inspired song which revisited the 1991 Organized Konfusion track "Releasing Hypnotical Gases".

In June 2007, Monch released his second solo album, Desire to critical acclaim. Monch said about the album; "'s very soulful, very gospel, a fresh, new sound for me." The album's lead single was the self-produced track "Push", with "Let's Go" as its B-Side.

Pharoahe Monch released his third solo album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in March 2011, featuring Jill Scott, Styles P, Citizen Cope, Jean Grae, Royce da 5'9", Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Phonte, Denaun aka Mr. Porter, MeLa Machinko, Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind, and features production by Exile, Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Fatin, Diamond D, Mike Loe, Samiyam, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno and Pharoahe Monch himself.

With his highly-anticipated fourth solo-LP, “PTSD” (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) released in April 2014, Pharoahe Monch re-emerges with a new concept project from the ground-breaking emcee featuring guest appearances from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun Porter, The Stepkids, Vernon Reid and production from Lee Stone, Marco Polo, Jesse West & Quelle Chris.

Pharoahe Monch's "Lost In Translation" is a collection of previously released songs from his solo albums as well as features from 2000 to 2015. Love being the consistent theme birthed the decision for a Valentine's Day 2015 release. Featured on this set are appearances from Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Eric Roberson, dEnAuN, Brandon Williams, Sergio Mendes, Will.I.Am, Robert Glasper, Sa Ra, and Mela Machinko. The set also features one new track “Home (HGH)” featuring Phonte and Tamisha.

Pharoahe Monch featured the acclaimed UK band Ezra Collective backing him on his highly successful Europe tour in 2015, and performed at several major festivals and venues across the US and Europe throughout 2016.

Also in 2016. Pharoahe is in the studio working on is new album slated to release in 2017.

2017 Grammy Nomination, Pharoahe Monch is nominated for a Grammy Award as part of "Miles Ahead" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Song featured on the compilation, "Gone 2015".
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