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Pharoahe Monch Celebrates Solo Debut’s 10-Year Anniversary, XXL Gives Away Tix

Pharoahe Monch will be hitting the stage this weekend in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of his solo debut, Internal Affairs. recently caught up with the former Organized Konfusion MC to find out the meaning behind the show. “It’s been 10 years since the release of my first solo album and I always believed it proper to look back and mark where you’ve been even as you push forward,” he said via email. 

“I’m entering a new and exciting phase of my career with my new company and new music but this is the album that started my quest as a solo artist. This album is so dear to me and it is even more so considering the lawsuits and the fights with the label, the pulling of the album, but also the love and camaraderie that went into making it. The producers (Alchemist, Diamond D, Scratch, Lee Stone and myself, with guest like Canibus, M.O.P., Common, Talib, Busta Rhymes, Prince Po, Apani) and tours like Spitkicker, this album and this time marks the point in my career when I grew up.”

The Queens-bred rapper will be running through several of the disc’s classics throughout the night, but the show will not be limited to songs from the album, which was originally released on October 19, 1999). has three pairs of tickets for giveaway. Fans interested in winning a spot please email with the answer to this question: Which one of these artists has not worked with Monch on a song: Nate Dogg, MF Doom, Styles P or Q-Tip? The first three readers to answer the queston right win.

The concert will be at Sputnick in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday. Tickets are on sale now for $15. –Jesse Gissen

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