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.
In Manhattan, and its true on some level till this day; its a whole different mentality from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, which I didn't know at the time - because you basically just know your neighborhood.
You wanna know my occupation?I get paid to rock the nation.I go to work.
I don't write, I build a rhyme.
I didn't know at the time that the energy that I was giving off was like a battle Emcee.
My perspective is a lil different 'cus im from Manhattan . Kool Moe
I remember when it was just the three Emcees and then Flash put Mr Ness down.
I can appreciate that on one side, but we have to remember that the system is designed corruptly, and works against us, so you cant convict those who can benefit from the system, because its not neccesarily their fault.
As far as Hip Hop Manhattan was after the Bronx. Kool Moe
I was always talking about what I could and would do, and you would always make rhymes about the competion even though we werent thinking about competition.
My perspective is a lil different 'cus im from Manhattan .
Some of the free lunch programs were still goin' on - based on the last leg of the Black Panther Party.
We heard later through the grapevine that we were being compared to the Furious 5, and because of that we were getting feedback that they were saying that we werent all that, that we were copying them... blah blah blah.
A lot of the old-school artists didnâ€™t even respect whatâ€™s being called freestyle now... any emcee coming off the top of the head wasnâ€™t really respected. The sentiment was emcees only did that if they couldnâ€™t write. The coming off the top of the head rhymer had a built-in excuse to not be
Thats why my biggest problems were with LL and Run.
For the weak who seek power it'll bring, infallible the power, knowledge is king.
As I turned around to receive my injection,I said, 'Next time I'll use some protection.'If I see another girl and I get an erection...I'm walking in the other direction!
As far as Hip Hop Manhattan was after the Bronx.
Americanomics works, and I won't argue that is true.But if the economy is getting better, getting better for who?Well, if you ask me, I'm doing much worse than before,With the welfare cuts, I don't eat no more.So if I did wanna go out, I couldn't go nowhere,Cause I ate every last one of them reindee
I know the game, it's old and lame:You're holdin' a flame for my name and my fame.Livin' like Givens schemin' on Tyson,But she got lucky 'cause he was a nice one.But I ain't nice and I don't play that,If it ain't tax, I don't pay that.
As far as Hip Hop Manhattan was after the Bronx. Kool Moe De
I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan, and I shouldn't have to run from a black man.
Evil feeds off a source of apathy, weak in the mind, and of course you have to be. Less than a man, more like a thing, no knowledge you're nothing, knowledge is king.
The lack of facts holds you back. The odds are stacked against a weak mind.
I didn't know at the time that the energy that I was giving off was like a battle Emcee. Kool Moe De
My romantically favorite era is 78, 79 listening to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 4, the live tapes, echo chamber and break beats.
Learn your past, find your path.