Pharoahe Monch Addresses Violence in Internet-Only Video


Pharoahe Monch is attempting to shed light on the topic of gun violence with the

video for his new single "Gun Draws."The

complete version of the clip, which has been deemed too graphic for regular video

outlets, debuted

today (Jan. 3) on Monch,

who uses the song to examine what he feels is "the desensitization we currently

have towards senseless violence," expresses his views from the perspective

of a bullet."As

a creative writer, I like to ask questions. What would a bullet say if it had

a voice to speak its mind?," said the Queens lyricist, who refused to edit

his video down for the mainstream. "It’s challenging to write from different

perspectives, especially if it’s an object that has the power to kill. This is

my effort to provoke and awaken discussion about violence, whether perpetrated

by or committed against us.""Gun

Draws" is in the same vein as "Stray Bullet," a classic single

Monch recorded as a member of Hip-Hop group Organized Konfusion.The

track is taken from the rapper’s forthcoming SRC/Universal Motown album Desire,

which is due in stores this spring.Fans

who can’t wait for the release can listen to Monch’s latest mixtape Awakening,

which is available now.

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