American hip hop artist Pharoahe Monch will be performing at The Kazimier on Wednesday 19 February.
Pharoahe Monch (born Troy Donald Jamerson) is known for his complex lyrics, complex delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. Monch released three albums as part of the rap duo, Organized Konfusion with partner Prince Poetry: The self-titled Organized Konfusion, Stress: The Extinction Agenda and split up after recording their final album The Equinox in 1997. Monch’s much-hyped debut, Internal Affairs was released in 1999.
On July 15 2013 – Compelled by the Not Guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Pharoahe Monch unexpectedly released “Stand Your Ground”. Produced by frequent collaborator Lee Stone, Monch once again demonstrates his ability to utilize hip hop as a platform for political engagement. Monch flips the script on the use of “Stand Your Ground” the highly controversial law used to protect George Zimmerman, giving the power back to the people collectively and defensively against an unjust government system.
“Stand Your Ground” employs tempos and lyricism designed to unify the listener into responsive action. No stranger to rebel music, Pharoahe Monch’s song “Clap,”from the W.A.R. album, shocked audiences with a video directed by Terence Nance. The clip ends with a police officer suicide pressured by the community following the officer killing a child while on duty.
Pharoahe decided to release the song in its rough version immediately after learning of the verdict. “Stand Your Ground,” originally slated to appear on Pharoahe Monch’s fall release of PTSD, provides an additional opportunity to peek inside the mental journey Monch has alluded to in P.ost T.raumatic S.tress D.isorder
Pharoahe Monch has released “Stand Your Ground” in support of the Martin family by asking people to donate to the ongoing work in repealing the Stand Your Ground laws through the Trayvon Martin Foundation. www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org
The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool (Wednesday 19 Feb 2014 at 8:00pm)
£12.50 plus booking fee.
Over 18s Only