“I knew he was going for incredible lyricism like always,” Monch said in an interview with XXL. “But it’s just really about the skills. He took it to another level on that song. The length of the song is bananas. How he shouted me out was just bananas. I thought the song was dope. He really raised the bar yet again.”
Monch also said he is set to shout Eminem out to return the favor.
“I just wanna shout-out Em for shouting me out and showing me love,” Monch said. “I’m sure there are a 100 other people he could’ve chose to shout out there and that’s real big. So I just wanna show him love and say I’m a huge fan.”
During the interview, Monch said he first heard about Eminem from a New York rapper named Mr. Complex.
“He was listening to way more underground artists than I was at the time and he was telling me about Em,” Monch said. “He played me a song with Em about having a body in a trunk, back when it was in the demo stages… Content-wise and skill-wise it just blew me away cause it was so different.”
Earlier this year, Eminem spoke about Monch’s skills during a Town Hall-like interview with Shade 45.
“Pharoahe Monch is incredible,” Eminem said. “And he has been ahead of his time since he came out.”