Pharoahe Monch has lent his pen to artists in need of some better lyrics in the past, but he’s finished with ghostwriting. Speaking with TaleTela, the Queens, New York native explained that providing Diddy with rhymes for 2006’s Press Play was the last time he would ever take a check for helping others with their writing.

“That’ll probably be the last time I ever do it,” he said. “Why’s that? Because it’s such a gut-wrenching process. You have to do your best but yet you have to then part with it. […]I’m done with that. Plus, because of the shift in the economy, in terms of beats there aren’t too many people that can pay a premium for that shit.”

With his latest W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in stores now, Monch is working on his next album and is coming up with ideas for an “upgrade” of the album that he wants to give away for free.

“I wanna start working on some ideas for this ‘W.A.R.’ upgrade that I want to give out for free,” he said. “Hopefully this summer and there are no restraints as we’re just gonna put it out there for free.”

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