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Thursday, Jun 13 2013

For an MC so loaded with technique and bright ideas, Pharoahe Monch has had a really rocky run. Things started swimmingly, with the Queens native born Troy Donald Jamerson coming up as one half of underground outfit Organized Konfusion and launching a solo career with 1999's Internal Affairs. But after the beat for "Simon Says" — a masterful tongue-in-cheek banger — illegally sampled the score from a Godzilla film, the movie's reps put the kibosh on the sample's use and derailed Monch's good fortune. The nimble-tongued lyricist then spent years in label limbo, bouncing between homes until the release of his second record, Desire, in 2007. The guest-filled W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) landed in 2011 as his third. Now, he's on tour promoting P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a forthcoming album that's already been delayed once. If anyone should take heed of that saying about counting chickens before they hatch, it's Monch.

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