Pharoahe Monch’s debut album Internal Affairs is finally getting a proper release.
Two decades after his first solo LP was taken off the shelves and turned into an out-of-print collectible, the Organized Konfusion MC has announced his acclaimed project will be available on streaming platforms and vinyl.
“October 19th will mark the 20th anniversary of Internal Affairs,” he wrote via Instagram. “It will be available for the first time EVER! digitally for the first time EVER! Oct 18th…. Pre order available 10/04.”
He added, “Limited edition vinyl coming Kennedy Center 20th anniversary Show October 17th.”
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October 19th will mark the 20th anniversary of Internal Affairs. It will be available for the first time EVER! digitally for the first time EVER! Oct 18th…. Pre order available 10/04 Features ( MOP @famem.o.p @@bustarhymes @princepo69 @apaniclassic @common , @talibkweli , Canibus, @redmangilla method man, etc) Producers (@leestonemusic @diamondditc @djscratch @alanthechemist Limited edition vinyl coming Kennedy Center 20th anniversary Show October 17th
Internal Affairs was originally released by Rawkus and Priority Records in 1999. The album ended up getting pulled from stores when Toho, the Japanese production company behind the Godzilla films, sued over the unauthorized use of the Godzilla theme music in Monch’s popular single “Simon Says.”
Until now, buying Internal Affairs when it first dropped or obtaining a copy of the rare LP from a third-party seller has been the only legal way to purchase the album. The upcoming release will allow fans to listen to the entire project for the first time on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music instead of relying on MP3 rips that have circulated online.
LAW SUIT! Pulled the LP off shelves. I'll perform the album for your birthday if the mets win the WS *see fine print https://t.co/stx916Se1d
— PHAROAHE MONCH (@pharoahemonch) October 22, 2015
Internal Affairs features 15 tracks, including a remix of Monch’s single “Simon Says” featuring Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Redman, Lady Luck and Shabaam Sahdeeq.
Other notable guests on the album were Common, M.O.P. and Organized Konfusion’s Prince Po. Production on the album was handled by Diamond D, The Alchemist, DJ Scratch and Monch himself, among others.
Check out “Simon Says,” the song that caused problems for the LP, below.