Pharoahe Monch gets Rawkus @ The Parish January 28, 2008Posted by rugwu in Concert, Hip-hop, Photo, Video.
Tags: Pharaohe Monch, The Parish
Monch is a soulful dude. Brooklyn’s hard-hitting veteran of the hip-hop underground and author of one of last year’s finest rap records, Desire, stopped by The Parish last night on a free promotional tour with Scion. Considering that the show didn’t cost anything, the fact that Monch was merely late and not an asshole was, in itself, something to be thankful for. While the not-quite-packed, but certainly full of energy, crowd waited for the star to appear on stage, DJ Eleven cued up the classics and a lengthy and surprisingly heated break-dancing battle broke out between several fly and restless B-Boys and B-Girls – one of whom may or may not have been a state championship dancer. Details, pics and vids after the jump.
After the dust had settled from all the popping, locking, power moves and head spins (yeah, I know a little break-dance lingo), Pharoahe’s backing band, Orgone, took the stage and kicked things off proper. The band sounded impeccable and immediately changed the atmosphere with beefed-up instrumental covers of classic funk and soul tunes like The Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use.”
Monch took the stage after about 20 minutes with his usual ‘fro braided and sporting an appropriately funky pink Guns ‘n’ Roses tee. After jumping into a few tracks from Desire – including the title track, “Let’s Go” and the moving/soulful “Push” – the Rawkus Records alumn switched into some of his older hits before closing out the short-but-sweet show with the bonafide banger “Simon Sez”. The crowd got so crazy I almost had to knock a sucker out. Peep the videos below for the nitty gritty.