Pharoahe is no stranger to SIP THE JUICE, having graced them with his presence twice. Due to selling out on his February date we got him back to meet the high demand for his live show again in November. Pharoahe continues to sell out venues across the globe and once you have seen him live you will know why.
Pharoahe, started out as one half of Organized Konfusion, with his rhyming partner Prince Poetry. Pharoahe’s roots in attending gospel churches as youth resonated throughout his verses on all 3 O.K albums praised for singing and rapping conversely. This quickly claimed him adoration and respect from hip hop’s founding forefathers such Kool Moe Dee, who stated “Pharoahe Monch is like an eloquent linguistics professor moonlighting as a rhyme serial killer terrorist, challenging the listeners’ I.Q. while daring him or her to keep up.”
His solo career has been meteoric, in 1999 the release of Simon Says (Rawkus) received huge critical acclaim, soaring into the mainstream market and making his first solo album Internal Affairs a success, garnering support of both die hard hip hop followers as well as far broader audiences, that were forced to listen with intent at his unequivocal flows and poetry.
Pharoahe released a second album ‘Desire’ in 2007, which included the undeniable anthem ‘Push’ and a cover of Public Enemy’s ‘Welcome to the Terrordome’. Again, Pharoahe showed a side of him that made his followers empathise and relate in ways many other artists haven’t matched. In 2011 his third album W.A.R (we are renegades) began to discuss issues close to his heart and was a thought provoking journey through some of his personal battles, teaming up with soul singing legend Jill Scott for ‘Still Standing’ and the incredible single ‘Black hand side’, this continued to see Pharoahe’s success rise with his intricate rhymes encapsulating younger audiences.
In 2014 Pharoahe extended the story of his personal journey with the release of ‘PTSD’ and his continued upheaval with Post Traumatic Stress disorder and ill health, working with hip hop heavy weights Talib Kweli and Black thought, his album echos the velocity with which he delivers his live shows. His anguish and hard work is laid bare in his shows, his lyrical dexterity and deep meaningful flow is captivating. The audience find themselves engrossed and static at points at his jaw dropping honesty and his passion for speaking on taboo topics to then being moved by mass crowd appreciation for tunes like the aforementioned ‘Simon Says’ and ‘F*** you’.
Seeing Pharoahe live is without doubt one of the most incredible events to add to your social calendar this year.
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