Pharoahe Monch Says His New EP Came Out of the “Depths of a Depression”

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Pharoahe Monch has never gone with the norm. In the ‘90s, when other rappers crafted glossy singles for radio airplay, the Queens, N.Y. native took the opposite track. “Simon Says” was still a commercial success, despite its ominous Godzilla sample. His 2011 album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), also held dark themes. Hive spoke with the veteran MC about his forthcoming EP, the heavy depression that influenced it, and why New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning won’t be appearing on Dancing With the Stars any time soon.

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