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Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch is a rapper from Queens, New York, known for his complex lyrics, delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. As a member of the 90s duo Organized Konfusion, Monch developed a reputation as one of underground hip-hop’s preeminent voices, crafting intricate, intelligent tracks with partner Prince Poetry. He released his full-length solo debut, Internal Affairs, in 1999, followed by Desire in 2007 and W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in 2011. His 2014 release, P.T.S.D.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was another ambitious, conceptual effort, this time tackling a range of deeply personal themes, including trauma, depression, and the catharsis that art provides in the wake of such experiences.