Five Incredible Pharoahe Monch Verses You May Have Missed
Linkin Park featuring Pharoahe Monch - "H! VLTG3" 2002
You didn't read that wrong. While not quite as bizarre as M.O.P.'s song with L.F.O. or Haylie Duff's track with Kool G. Rap, Pharoahe Monch popping up on a Linkin Park remix album was pretty surprising. Nevertheless, Monch does anything but phone it in, being definitively Monch without particularly disrupting the Linkin Park sound. The cutting up of Grand Puba saying "Lincoln Park" is a nice touch as well.
Pharoahe Monch - "Agent Orange" 2003
Finally, perhaps the most known track on this list, but for all the wrong reasons. The first single from Monch's hotly anticipated and never released sophomore album Inner-Visions, "Agent Orange" has come to represent the disappointments of the Rawkus era. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, "Agent Orange" is pretty excellent. Starting with a reworking of his verse on Organized Konfusion's "Releasing Hypnotical Gasses," Monch captures the frustration of Iraq War America with the knuckle-snapping tension of his verses.
Pharoahe Monch performs tonight at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill