With an upcoming album titled P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch says his album will in fact cover issues concerning depression and mental health. The lyricist shared the news and spoke in-depth on P.T.S.D. during a recent interview with Vlad TV.
According to Pharoahe Monch, he felt it wouldn’t have been right to give his project such a title and then neglect to include issues pertaining to depression.
“I felt it was only right to follow up the W.A.R. album with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but not only—This is some popular phrase that’s on the tip of the tongue of the president,” he said. “Or from a social standpoint, but to really delve into true issues and make it a difficult thing to do. And get introspective in terms of where I’m at emotionally. Dealing with depression and the past as well as really being vulnerable on the record. And I felt it would have been wack if we titled it that and I didn’t really dig deep into some issues dealing with, you know, just society and how we deal with that in the hood. And as well as personal issues.”
He then addressed his own bout with depression, which he says stemmed from an abundance of medication he received following a visit to the hospital. The rapper later recalled confronting others about his issues only to have them downplayed.
“I’m pulling from my past dealing with a couple of stints in the hospital,” Pharoahe Monch said. “Really bad stints in the hospital with the asthma. And I had been heavily medicated. And when I got out I was feeling like after-effects of the medication and side-effects of the medication I should say. And it really had me fucked up and spiraling downward. And the ill thing about it was I couldn’t figure out—I didn’t know at the time that it was the medicine side-effects. I’m just dealing with the issues just trying to process normal information and I couldn’t really process it. And that had me like crazy. As well as what I put on the record is when I confronted people like ‘Yo, I’m really doing bad. I’m fucked up right now.’ Cats were like ‘Yo, smoke this blunt. Have a beer, shit.’ So, at that time it really wasn’t like it is right now where you hear people talking about issues readily in the public.”
Ultimately, Pharoahe Monch says it was his dentist who informed him of the dangers of the prescription pills he was taking after he was asked to share his list of medications during a visit to the dentist’s office.
The rapper spoke previously on P.T.S.D. during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX in 2012, stating that the album would be one that addresses “the stress after the traumatic experience.”
P.T.S.D. is currently slated for release on April 15.