Pharoahe Monch @ 93 Feet East, London 27
By Sophia Jackson
One of hip hop’s finest underground lyricists, Pharoahe Monch, delivered an aggressively entertaining performance at
Pharoahe Monch, real name Troy Jamerson, proved that he was more than a one album wonder and as soon as he made his entrance at 10 pm, the crowd were instantly hyped. However, the sweat box of a venue proved to be no hindrance to the support he got from his fans. We all had nothing but love to give as we shared the pre-release celebration of Monch’s long, long awaited second album. Hailing from
Pharoahe Monch was a former member of the
On the night, the first song he performed was the controversially titled ‘F*ck You’ which was later changed to ‘Got You’, a track guaranteed to get any party started. Hearing tracks from his seven-year-old album highlighted exactly what kind of classic anthems had materialised from this wordsmith. They still sounded fresh and acted as a reminder of what hip hop used to be. However, at this point he made his sentiments on war and George Bush clear, and the crowd readily joined him in chants of ‘F*ck George Bush!’ which ended with cheers and applause when Pharoahe said ‘F*ck where we’re from, it’s where we’re at’. He then continued with ‘Right Here’ and ‘
Continuing on the classic trail, Pharoahe’s next offering was ‘My Life’. It was now time to introduce something new and he hit us with ‘Push’ from the new album, which gave his backing singers a chance to show off their skills. This track is going to blow up. It’s kind of jazz sounding and shows of his varied vocal talents too.
Also from the new album was a performance of ‘Desire’, which is the title track of the new album. Monch then gave a shout-out to the tunes’ producer Alchemist. Last but not least, was of course ‘Simon Says’. There’s something empowering about shouting ‘get the f*ck up’ at the top of your lungs. It’s the perfect way of venting any venom or anger you’ve had building up and giving your lungs and tonsils a bit of a work out. So, if Simon says ‘Get the F*ck up’, who am I to argue? It’s hard to believe that this same performer sensitively asked revellers at the front of the intimate venue to ‘refrain from smoking’.
Deciding to ending on ‘Simon Says’ was a good move, as it left the crowd on an exhausted high. Pharoahe Monch’s new album’Desire’ is set for release later this year under Street Records Corporation. Saying patience is a virtue is an understatement in Pharoahe Monch’s case, but as they say, all good things come to…