In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, producer, and one half of the legendary duo Organized Konfusion:
Pharoahe earned his rightful reputation as an underground king as well as one of hip hop’s most respected lyricists…Here’s some of what they discussed:
- The deep rap lineage of his hometown of Jamaica Queens and his song “Queens”.
- The origins of his name and how much of it really had to do with Monchhichis.
- Producer Paul C and how essential he was to the group Organized Konfusion.
- How John Coltrane helped Pharoahe develop his style as well as overcome his asthma.
- Organized Konfusion’s ties with O.C. and The Diggin’ In The Crates Crew.
- The importance of his Organized Konfusion rapping partner Prince Po.
- The significance of his Pharoahe’s song “Agent Orange”.
- What the song “Simon Says” did for underground hip hop and Rawkus Records.
- The vibe, creative atmosphere and artists inspiring each other at Rawkus.
- Pharoahe and Common both have singles entitled “The Light” out at the same time.
- “When The Gun Draws” and it’s lyrics being written from the perspective of a bullet.
- Feelings of Eminem giving Pharoahe a shoutout on “Rap God”.
- Covering the topics of mental illness and depression coming from experience.
- The making of “Assassins” featuring Jean Grae & Royce Da 5’9″.
- Rock N Roll contributing to Pharoahe’s vibe, music, and attitude.
- His latest project ‘Th1rt3en’ and recruiting Daru Jones & Marcus Machado.
- Pharoahe’s love of dark hip hop like Mobb Deep and M.O.P.
- The internal process of making the song “Racist”.
- Keyon Harrold’s son being attacked by a Karen.