RTB Rewind: Pharoahe Monch Makes His Solo Debut With 'Internal Affairs'

RTB Rewind: Pharoahe Monch Makes His Solo Debut With 'Internal Affairs'

Published Wed, October 19, 2022 at 11:29 AM EDT

On Oct. 19, 1999, Pharoahe Monch released his anticipated debut solo album, Internal Affairs.

Of course, Pharaohe was already well known as a rappers' rapper courtesy of his work alongside Prince Po as Organized Konfusion. Clever and quick-witted with deeply intelligent observations, Pharaohe took the opportunity to further showcase his lyrical dexterity throughout Internal Affairs.

The album is anchored by the Hip-Hop classic, "Simon Says," produced by Pharaohe and Lee Stone, which landed at #3 on the Top Rap Singles chart. The remix also became a rap staple and featured heavy hitters, Method Man, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Lady Luck and Shabaam Sahdeeq. Legendary producers Diamond D, The Alchemist and DJ Scratch round out the production on the 15-track project.

Hands down of the most talented lyricists Hip-Hop has produced (it's a wonder why he doesn't more frequently make it into GOAT/Top 5 conversations) Pharoahe has always been a versatile artist — he raps, he sings, he's thoughtful without being overbearing. On Internal Affairs, he offers a look at the talent he'd continue to develop on future projects like 2007's Desire, and his most recent outing, 2021's A Magnificent Day for An Exorcism with his band th1rt3en.

"I can put anything in a verse, but if the feeling isn't there in the music..." he said in a 2007 interview with The Independent. "When I say vocals, people think I mean catchy choruses, but even with quieter songs, I can get my message across."

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