chapter  7
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“I’m Pharoahe when I’m on stage; I’m Troy when I’m home in Queens”: An interview with Pharoahe Monch

P : I mean, for Hip Hop, it brings about like minds and a like mentality on stage, which is something that me and Mos was talkin about years ago in terms of trying to bring a balance to the tours and what’s goin on with the radio. And what I mean by that balance is, you know, you watch the video channels and you get smacked with a certain brand of Hip Hop. But it’s other forms and, I mean, it’s deeper forms. In these artists, you have people who take their craft seriously. And I thought I had incredible integrity until I got together with these like minds and went in the studio with De La Soul. I seen the type of integrity they put into their work. And what me and Mos was just talkin about at the time-this was like a couple years ago at the height of a bunch of bullshit that was goin on-we was like, “You know what? It’s not about hatin or bringin down other music.” Because without humorous music, or dance music, or fun music, or hardcore music, it’s no variety. And that’s what Hip Hop is based on. But we believe in a fairness. And in Black music, and in Hip Hop music, it needs to be a balance. Because a human, and common sense, should just be able to have a choice. A choice to be deep and choose. A choice to choose this brand of art or a time to be silly. It’s time for all of that. But our brand doesn’t get put out there, and we was just like, “Let’s bring it to the people.”