Just one word to describe this week’s throwback: Banger. For those of you unfamiliar with Pharoahe Monch’s work, he crafted his trade working within the alternative underground duo Organized Konfusion in the early nineties. Internal Affairs (1999) was Monch’s debut album on the now well-known indie label, Rawkus Records.
I’m sure by now you recognize the pumping baseline from the original Godzilla theme tune; a sample which in fact ended up costing Monch a considerable lawsuit. I love it how the horns descend at the start. Lower and slower until the looped beat drops in sending shivers up your spine. Then Pharoahe Monch hits you…
“Get the FUCK UP! Simon Says get the FUCK UP!”
The video perfectly compliments that heavy sample. In a typical late nineties, ‘MTV Base’ cinematic we see Monch walking across a desert before stumbling into an underground club scene where he proceeds in fighting through a mosh pit to get to the stage in order to tell everyone to “Get the fuck up”. More believable than some of the videos I’ve seen since, I assure you.
Being the lead single and primarily a club-focused track, the beat doesn’t permit Monch to fully articulate his complex delivery and multi-syllabic wordplay. However, not to fear, I will be covering some more of his material in the form of Organized Konfusion in later weeks to come. For now, lets just enjoy that sample.
For your personal pleasure, I’ve also uploaded the ‘all-star lineup’ which contains verses from Meth, Redman and Busta Rhymes to name a few.
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One of the greatest hip-hop producers ever combined with some silky ‘smooth’ lyricism from one of the most underrated MC’s ever.