Pharoahe Monch "Clap (one day)" Extended Music Video Version (2011)Pharoahe Monch, who plays San Francisco's 330 Ritch tonight (Thursday June 2nd) and The Pagoda in San Jose on Saturday, has the distinction of being one of that rare breed of emcees who has managed to sustain a career for two solid decades, which is an eternity in hip-hop and to keep reinventing himself along the way. The Queens, NY Monch, who came to fame as one half of the much heralded (read critically but not commercially acclaimed) early 90's hip-hop act Organized Konfusion, went solo after the split and by the end of the decade enjoyed the biggest commercial success of his career with his 1999 solo debut Internal Affairs which spawned the raunchy rap hit "Simon Says" (see video below).
Since then Monch has released just two more albums including 2007's Desire (with live band backing he did a wonderful instore performance at Amoeba Berkeley around that same time) and this year's excellent W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) which includes the anti-police brutality track "Clap (One Day)" as seen above in its extended video version. The album W.A.R. was a hot item at Amoeba when it dropped two months ago. It was the number one selling hiip-hop album at Amoeba Hollywood the first week of April. Since the newt album dropped the artist has been busy promoting it by doing lots of gigs including several in Cali and Nevada this week. Tonight, Weds June 1st, he plays Fulton 55 in Fresno. Tomorrow, Thursday June 2nd is the big San Francisco show, that also features DJ Apollo spinning all night, at 330 Ritch (that's the club's address too) in downtown San Francisco. 9pm 21+ $15 More info here Saturday, June 4th he plays at the Pagoda (inside the Fairmont Hotel) at 170 S. Market Street, San Jose. 10pm, 21+ $15. And Sunday, June 5th, he plays at the Underground at 555 East 4th St in Reno, NV. 9pm 21+ $10. More info.
Pharoahe Monch "Simon Says" (1999)