Song: “Rapid Eye Movement”
Artist: Pharoahe Monch
Album: P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) (2014)
Lyric: “Vocally twice as magnifying as ever hearing Chewbacca scream/Through a megaphone with the significance of Dr. King.”
Coming back for his second tour to “DTC” (Pharoahe was featured in our second ever “DTC” for “Agent Orange.”) Pharoahe Monch brings us back to his world with his fourth studio album P.T.S.D. Similar to his last solo album W.A.R. (We are Renegade), this album bring to light a lot of topics other artists aren’t even willing to touch. Topics that are not only relevant to modern society, but topics that are sensitive to the general population. These themes include mental health, the right to basic freedoms, gun violence, war, and other issues that can affect anybody no matter what age, gender, race, or tax bracket you associate yourself with. It is obvious when listening to this album he draws from the emotions he had to deal with in his own personal life such as depression. I can continue to talk about this album for hours on end, however “DTC” must focus in a different path (for a full review of P.T.S.D., check out our review here).
I think the best direction to start off with is this sick ass nerdy line coming off of Pharoahe’s song “Rapid Eye Movement.” What is the loudest thing you can think of? A car alarm? A jet flying overhead? Chewbacca screaming through a megaphone? Aww, close but no cigar; the correct correct answer is Pharoahe Monch when he is doing his thing on the microphone. Maybe loud isn’t the right word, but strong definitely is. What Pharoahe is bringing is the power and passion through his voice and his art and presenting it to you the best way he knows how. With such a powerful voice spreading such a passionate message, how could you possibly mistake it for something insignificant? Quite possibly one of the world’s greatest speakers, humanitarians, and civil rights activists, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had nothing but significance come out of his mouth. That is what Pharoahe is trying to exemplify with his music and his art. I can only imagine that he wants to a spread a message out to the public and bring out the darkest facts of life that seldom leave people comfortable, because progression never develops when there is no struggle. And if you don’t believe me, well then I find your lack of faith disturbing. Because ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power, and with a devotion like that, how could you not listen?
I’m just saying, you should pay as much attention to him as you would Chewbacca screaming the “I Have a Dream” speech into your ear with a megaphone. Sadly, Star Wars has been quite the opposite lately with their news. A few small things here and there, but nothing that makes that like nerd cortex in my brain throb. It has been released that filming for Episode VII will start next month in May. Even though many of the actors set to star in this film are relativity unknown, this could prove to be a good thing for the movie in the long run. Besides that, other casting decisions are still just rumors. However, there are many other cool things that are happening surrounding Star Wars. Star Wars-themed march madness tournament “THIS IS MADNESS” ended not too long ago with Obi-Wan Kenobi snagging the championship with a fairly close victory over Darth Vader. In other delicious news M&Ms are re-releasing their Star Wars-themed candies which we all better take advantage of while we can get them. One last amazing thing Star Wars is doing is that they are helping fight illiteracy. On October 11th, Star Wars Reads Day III will be occurring. This is where Star Wars authors, artist, and costumed volunteers get involved in Star Wars Reads Day events happening all over the world. DOPE AND NERDY!! So if you have been feeling a hole in your heart due to lack of Star Wars news, I just tried to help out a little bit. And I know that isn’t nearly enough to fill the whole void, but that is where Pharoahe Monch comes in. Because like I’ve said time and time before, nerds and Hip-Hop heads are so close to being the same thing. So go out there and buy P.T.S.D. and help spread the word of the Monch. “[Insert inspiration/awesome/favorite Star Wars quote here]” There is like a million of them, and I’m sure they will all fit.