Pharoahe Monch Refuses To Be Boxed In. He Makes Soul-Jazz With Marcus Strickland (Audio)

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Pharoahe Monch has been busy lately. Ambrosia For Heads recently caught up with the Queens MC last month during J. Period’s “live mixtape” show that Monch did with a slew of Hip-Hop legends, including Rakim, Black Thought, Dres, and others. He’s also wrapping up a new solo LP he describes as his “hardest” and “darkest” work to date.

Monch has also been on other artist’s work as well. Most recently, he was a guest MC on saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s latest single from his upcoming album. Joined by Bilal on the hook and acclaimed journalist/wordsmith Greg Tate, who also spits some bars, Pharoahe presents some of his trademark metaphorical knowledge on the song, which takes it in a whole new direction.

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I laugh when I think about the way you pursue so aggressive,” Monch raps on the song. “Scientific equations, trust time’s effort plus lust time’s passion so in lieu of your absence / I admit that I mentally DVR the holidays and that’s cool / The details in the snowflakes, the grain in the cabin / Monet over the fireplace, the Everclear for absent / You stay a look away so I don’t telegraph the message.

“On My Mind” is off of Marcus Strickland’s forthcoming LP People Of The Sun. Another song “Timing” has already been released and is also available for streaming. A release party for the album is scheduled for November 10 and 11 at New York’s Jazz Standard.

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Photograph provided by Marcus Strickland.