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Watch Pharoahe Monch Talk About His Career & Creative Process

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Pharoahe Monch is one of the most prolific and though-provoking writers in the history of hip-hop music. Known for his dexterous wordplay Monch recently sat down with Peter Rosenberg to talk about his creative process and making classics like ‘Simon Sez’ and ‘Stress, as half of Organized Konfusion.

During the interview, the Queens native talked about how his writing style and music making process has changed over the years and how especially different it was in making Organized Konfusion tracks.

“Back then, it was straight pen to paper every time,” he said. “We were doing the music as well, so I would do a beat, Prince [Po] would do a beat, the crew would do a beat, and then we would conceptualize.” Pharoahe also broke down his “alphabet style” approach to writing rhymes, which is truly unique.

Later in the conversation, Pharoahe Monch explains why it isn’t difficult to write conscious rhymes as long as you are true to your self.

“As long as you are true to who you are, it will cut through,” Pharoahe said. “I feel like if you don’t express all the different facets of who you are, you’re fronting regardless, because nobody is cerebral all the time.”

As the creator of the classic record “Simon Says,” Monch later breaks down the song and explains that everything that went into making the track is “calculated.” Watch the full episode of “The Process” below.

[Via Complex TV]

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