pharoahe-monch.jpgFormer Organized Konfusion group member, Pharoahe Monch, is currently embarking on a national college speaking tour as a spokesman for Guns 4 Cameras. The program allows troubled youth to trade in their guns for video cameras. Pharoahe spoke at UCLA yesterday (April 26) in hopes of promoting gun control and helping kids channel their anger into something more creative like filming their own home movies.

Monch addresses the controversial topic of gun violence on his new street single, “Gun Draws.” The video is a graphic account of violence told from a bullet’s point of view. The song will be featured on Monch’s second solo album, Desire (SRC/Universal). The album will be released on June 26 and features an eclectic selection of songs, including the US single “Push” and the UK single “Body Baby.” “I’ve never been so free with my creativity before,” Monch says. “I’m excited about this new album because everything feels so fresh, almost as if I were a new artist. I’m taking it to whole new places, hip-hop, rock and gospel. It’s all there and it’s all sides of me.”

In preparation for his album, Pharoahe will be busy touring the country this spring and summer. He will perform at the famed Coachella Music Festival on April 28, alongside Ghostface Killah and rock acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then, Monch will join the annual hip-hop festival, Rock The Bells, on July 28 in NYC, August 11 in San Bernardino, CA and August 18 in San Francisco, CA. The Rock The Bells concert also features performances by the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, The Roots and Rage Against the Machine.