Pharoahe Monch Explains His Creative Process & Early Career Songs
Pharoahe Monch breaks down "Simon Says" and how he writes rhymes.
Pharoahe Monch is often considered to be one of the greatest writers in Hip Hop history and any insight into the mind of someone who can pen in his fashion usually draws attention.
On the latest installment of The Process with Peter Rosenberg the Queens native explained how some of his earlier songs came together and how his writing style and music making process has changed over the years. He explains how especially different it was when making Organized Konfusion tracks.
“Back then, it was straight pen to paper every time,” he said. “We were doing the music as well, so I would do a beat, Prince [Po] would do a beat, the crew would do a beat, and then we would conceptualize.” Pharoahe also showed how he uses his “alphabet style” approach to writing rhymes, which is quite different from other emcees.
Pharoahe Monch later broke down the classic track "Simon Says" saying everything that went into making the track was “calculated.”
"Because of the energy of the beat, this is not a song chorus-wise where you would ask of anything," he explained. "You have to demand of something."
Watch the full episode of “The Process” here.