Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.” Release Show @ SOBs – 3.24.11

Pharoahe Monch released his new album, “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) on March 22nd, and last night he celebrated the release with his fans, family and friends at SOBs. Organized by Hot 97, I already knew that it was going to be one of those nights…you know, the ones where what happens is so memorable that it cannot be described in words; you just had to be there. E-40, MOP, Rah Digga, Buckshot, Immortal Technique, Craig G, O.C., Large Professor, Neek, Blitz the Ambassador, Torae, Styles P, Jean Grae and many others were in the building to support Pharoahe. From performances by a 12-year old dubbed “The Brooklyn Beast,” Gist from Queens, fellow Duck Down affiliate Skyzoo and even international hip hop from New Zealand to Pharoahe tearing down the stage with DJ Boogie Blind, Mela Machinko and Showtyme, the show was just fantastic. Even Styles P jumped into the pit to document the show on his camera…After the show, Pharoahe said:

“Amazing night last night – I was overwhelmed by the people, friends and artists who came out to support. I was so busy feeling the love that I didn’t have time to be nervous. Last night was a victory for all who’ve let go of the reins and trusted their heart. In love there will always be pain and struggle, but this was one glorious victory in an ongoing battle. The war continues, we are renegades.”

I think my friend NattyNight summed it up well: “Last night’s show at SOBS was the testament of what every hip hop show should be.. so much love, respect, talent and [humility].”


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