Pharoahe Monch Signs To Duck Down Records, "W.A.R." Coming

Monch returns to the indies, with an album featuring Styles P, Black Thought & Jean Grae coming, and Canadian tour with Slaughterhouse.

Tomorrow night (Friday, March 19), Duck Down Records will unveil their annual showcase at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest. While the bill features various Duck Down acts ranging from the Boot Camp Clik to B-Real to Skyzoo, also included are Bahamadia and Pharoahe Monch. This morning it was confirmed that Monch is officially part of Dru Ha and Buckshot's label.

"I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music. This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things. Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come. It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary," Monch said in a statement.

The Queens emcee entered the Hip Hop scene in the late '80s and released three albums with Prince Po in the group Organized Konfusion, along with a recent Greatest Hits compilation. Monch would later release his acclaimed solo album, Internal Affairs with Rawkus Records at the top of this last decade. Backed by massive single "Simon Says," Monch elevated the profile of the Manhattan label that included Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Company Flow and Kool G Rap on their roster. The victory was bittersweet however, as a Godzilla movie sample halted the album and song, also forfeiting many of the emcee's monetary profits from the success.

In 2007, the emcee's sophomore album Desire was released on Steve Rifkind's SRC Records. Despite critical praise, the major label debut translated into mediocre sales, ultimately making Monch leave the label that boasts Akon, Wu-Tang Clan and Asher Roth as artists.

In related news, here are Monch's Canadian tour dates with Slaughterhouse:

April 3 Saint John, NB Evolution Nightclub
April 4 St. John's, NF Club One
April 5 Halifax, NS Paragone Theatre
April 7 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub
Aprill 8 Toronto, ON Venue TBC
April 9 Cornwall, ON Rangatangs Nightclub
April 10 Montreal, QC Telus Theatre
April 12 Thunder Bay, ON Roxys Nightclub
April 13 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
April 14 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre
April 15 Calgary, AB The Whiskey Nightclub
April 16 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
April 17 Lethbridge, AB Venue TBC
Aprl 18 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar
April 21 Victoria, BC Element
April 22 Vancouver, BC Venue TBC


For those in or nearby Austin, here is the Duck Down showcase information:

Venue: The Scoot Inn (1308 East 4th Street)

8PM to 8:40PM - Music by DJ EVIL DEE

8:40PM to 8:55PM - Promise

9:05PM to 9:20 - Team Facelift

9:30PM to 9:45PM - Marco Polo & Torae

9:55PM to 10:10PM - Skyzoo

10:20PM to 10:35: Blue Scholars

10:45PM to 11:15PM: Kidz In The Hall + Special Guests

11:25PM to 11:45PM: Pharoahe Monch

12AM to 12:10: Ruste Juxx

12:10 to 12:25: Smif N Wessun

12:25 to 12:40: Sean Price with Black Milk

12:40 to 1AM: Buckshot with special guests 

1:10AM to 1:40AM: B-Real of Cypress Hill

23 Comments

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  • G-HYBRYD

    I hope Pharoahe and Duck Down have a very successful project together.

  • 5% nation of hip hop

    As a bonafide real head i have no choice but to be amped about this,real talk hear hip hop foreal no half as bullshit

  • awa_style

    oh i need that brand new from pharoahe monch

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  • Whiterthanmost

    Shit...let pharoahe sell 100k, it be nice. Unrealistic...but nice By the by...he did put an album out a couple years ago...wasn't the most publicized shit in the world...but it did happen

  • Charles ExSavior

    Dammit! I heard months back that the album was gonna be done by Black Milk and Mr. Porter, which in my opinion could have been a much greater album. I still can't wait for WAR to drop, get 'em Monch! Oh and to 5%, it's Internal Affairs. A shame Simon Says was the reason why he can't sell the album anymore.

  • Charles ExSavior

    Dammit! I heard months back that the album was gonna be done by Black Milk and Mr. Porter, which in my opinion could have been a much greater album. I still can't wait for WAR to drop, get 'em Pharoahe!

  • Nico 2

    This guy needs to sell just so he can afford a haircut.

  • curbstompa

    Duck Down is to hip hop as air is to people

  • jbeezy

    slaughterhouse back in vancouver, will be the first in line to cop those tickets. we outttttttttttttaaaaaaaaaa herre

  • moon1483

    Best news all day, and yeah hoping for some dope production on this. Hopefully its not too wierd.

  • ASEE

    love pharoahe. my favorite emcee of all time.

  • Assassin221

    I thought Jean Grae quit rap like 5 years ago. Or did she pull a Jay-Z?

  • 5% nation of hip hop

    Monch is one of the most incredible mc's i've ever heared ,and that Eternal Affairs album is actually a real classic. Just waiting to hear pharoach back in that kind of lane again. There's nobody out there that can manipulate the use words like this man

  • DaGreenEyedBandit

    That's a real good look right there. His last album was good, so i'm expecting this one to be better...Duck Down never puts out garbage! Pharoahe still spits fire.

  • I_Am_Beast

    FUCK YEAH!!! Duck Down been makin moves all over the places the last few years. Strenghtening an already unbelieveable label roster by signing veterans and newcomers alike. I'm a happy motherfucker!

  • Dretruth

    I love duck down records - Much props homie.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    didnt know the nigga still rap word up

  • hiphopscout

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  • SW PHILLY

    As long as his production is right I'll check for him. Problem is we all know Pharoah can spit......but if the beats and cohesiveness ain't right..huge disappointment.,

    • The Admiral

      I hope its tight .....sounds like too many producers....where's Mr. Porter....The Exile beat should be dope...Gotta to give duckdown props for this one.....I hope it sells more than 50k......

    • Greg Rodgers

      Couldn't agree with you more...if the beats aren't right...Pharoahe Monch doesn't sound right....Point...Ill collabo and Innovations ...Monch is the shit on those tracks.

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