On-Demand: Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Born Troy Donald Jamerson, the Queens-born Monch has built a devoted following in the hip-hop world due to his complex, multi-syllabic rhyming, high-profile songs with artists such as Mos Def and Black Thought (The Roots), and lyrics that mine the struggle of the black male experience in America. In this show, Monch performs world-premiere arrangements of songs from his confessional 2014 album "PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."
PitchBlak Brass Band’s bright instrumentation of sousaphone, trombones, trumpets, French horn, saxophone, guitar and percussion — joined for this show by strings and additional singers — provide the exuberant backdrop for this performance.
Composer and festival curator Judd Greenstein told The Guardian recently, "I would tell anyone who would listen that [Pharoahe Monch] was the greatest MC of all time. I had never heard anyone with a flow like that — probably because there wasn’t anyone with a flow like that. The complexity of his rhythmic scheme, the subtlety of his execution, the visceral power of the delivery, it was just incredible and really felt like a raising of the bar for what MCing could be."
Black Hand Side
Losing My Mind
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Welcome to the Terrordome
All lyrics by Pharoahe Monch; Songs arranged by Brian Lotze, Bryan Walters, T.J. Robinson and Ben Brody.
Disclaimer: The above audio contains explicit lyrics which may not be suitable for all ages.
Q2 Music is the digital partner of the Kaufman Music Center's 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival. This concert was engineered by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe, Richie Clarke and Gil Shuster.