Friday, April 2, 2010
As fans eagerly await rapper Pharaohe Monch’s
summer time release entitled W.A.R. (We Are Renegades),
Pharaohe is prepping for a Canadian tour
and gearing up for future releases on his
WAR Media L.L.C. imprint.
While his solo album W.A.R.
will be released collaboratively with Duck Down Records,
Pharaohe is learning a lot about how to
maintain a successful music business
by getting a behind the scenes look at how
Duck Down maintains a solidified independent movement
that continues to grow with each release and tour date.
AllHipHop sat down with Pharaohe
his legacy in Hip Hop and his Top 5 Dead or Alive.
Can you tell us your Top 5 Dead or Alive and why?
(Sigh) Shit. That’s pretty hard to do.
I’m going to answer this question with,
FucK THAT ShiT man (laughs).
I’m kind of tired of it.
I expressed it on the record.
I’m tired of it.
Man, fuck that Top 5 shit man.
It’s impossible to do,
because every time I hear a Jay-Z record
I’m like how can he not be number 1?
Or every time I listen to some old [Kool] G Rap
shit I’m like how can he not be the greatest? “
9th wonder posed the question on his
Twitter page like
“If 5 aliens came to the planet to destroy
the planet and they had to battle, what
5 MC’s would be chosen? He asked the
fans who the five MCs would be?
It’s a relevant question,
but I’m just kind of exhausted by that shit.
I’m tired of it.
I say FucK THAT ShiT . (Laughs)
Some people will sit down and spend
mad time coming up with an answer
and you say FucK THAT ShiT ? (Laughs)
So, you don’t have a Top 5,
then who were you influenced by,
or who did you listen to as you were forming your style,
or what rappers did you listen to and say
“I want to give the listener this type of feeling?”
[Kool] G Rap. (Silence)
Kool G Rap.
He was in the tape deck? (Laughs)
That’s it. (Silence)
Ok man, that’s what’s up.
Can you give us a little perspective on your legacy in
Hip Hop culture and where you feel you
stand in Hip Hop history?
I feel great man,
I feel like its halftime right now.
Just coming up, I was fortunate enough
to be inspired and listen to the
70s artists like Stevie Wonder
and great artists like that,
so the way that I viewed things
had a long length to them.
They had a body of work already,
so my mentality wasn’t that you make a rap album,
”Laffy Taffy” record, you blow up
and you’re happy and that’s it.
I wanted to have number of records and a
discography that people could look back on.
From the Organized [Konfusion] to all the stuff now,
I just feel really good.
I’m really happy with it.
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