Pharoahe Monch On Taking Direction From Busta Rhymes

When it comes to giving videos an extra dose of oomph, Busta Rhymes is just as reliable behind the camera as he is in front.

Just ask Pharoahe Monch, who scored a monster club and rap chart hit this summer with "Simon Says," [RealVideo] the leadoff single from his first solo album "Internal Affairs."

The rapper tapped Rhymes to direct the clip for "Simon Says," which features Monch performing in one of the rowdier, raunchier club atmospheres on video record. The former Organized Konfusion rapper recently talked to MTV News about how the collaboration came about.

"Well, basically, Busta had heard 'Simon Says' [when] we were in the studio working on a song that we did on my album," Monch told MTV News. "We were listening to 'Simon Says,' and he was like, 'Yo, if that was my joint and I was doing the video, I would do it like this... and like

that.' So I was like, 'Yo, man, you should do the video,' and he was like, 'For real?' and I was like, 'Let's give it a shot.'"

"I knew I would be good with Busta,"
he continued, "because he's the most energetic artist in all of music, and I knew where I would falter at, he would pull that energy out of me as a director. A lot of takes that I did where I thought I hit it, he was like, 'Nah, you gotta come better than that. You've gotta give me more energy.' That's what I wanted from my director, and I knew Busta was the man for that." [RealVideo]

Monch will be playing New York's Hammerstein Ballroom with Mix Master Mike on Thursday, and then he'll head out for a brief series of East Coast dates starting November 30. Here's where you can check him out:

  • 11/18 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 11/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
  • 12/1 - Washington, DC @ Nation
  • 12/3 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
  • 12/4

    - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

  • 12/5 - Buffalo, NY @ Sensations
  • 12/6 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
  • 12/7 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance
  • 12/8 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Sting Rays Night Club
  • 12/9 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Rogues
For more from our interview with Pharoahe Monch along with a RealVideo report, check out the MTV News Online feature "Pharoahe Monch: Opening Doors."

-- Kim Stitzel, with additional reporting by Elon Johnson