Our latest guest podcast here at Potholes is handled by none other than one of my favorite rappers of all time: Pharoahe Monch. The Queens representative shot over a killer 15-track playlist featuring a slew of jazz fusion records, some futuristic indie synth-pop, and choice Georgia Anne Muldrow cuts. Additionally, Monch provided explanations for why he chose each track.
You can stream the podcast, peep the track listing, and his write up below.
- Shafiq Husayn – “No Moor”
- Shafiq Husayn – “Changes
- Thundercat – “For Love I Come”
- Weather Report – “Teen Town”
- Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Child of the Sun”
- Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Never Live a Day in Vain”
- Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Wrong Way”
- Eugene McDaniels – “Cherry Stones”
- Eugene McDaniels – “Headless Heroes”
- Eugene McDaniels – “The Parasite”
- Sonnymoon – “Just Before Dawn”
- Return to Forever/Chick Corea – “No Mystery”
- Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly “Never Will I Marry”
- Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly – “Happy Talk”
- Pharoahe Monch – “Still Standing”
Breakdown of why he chose each track:
- Shafiq Husayn is among the top five drum programmers of our time. This whole album is inspiring.
- I love the feel of this record and the harmonies.
- Dude has hair on his feet, (beast) on bass.
- Classic, one of the songs that inspired me to rap.
- This song evokes tears in a spiritual way, speaks to the spirit. Georgia is in my top 10 favorite female vocalists ever in life. I have everything she’s done. I even bought the songs she hasn’t made yet.
- This was my wake up song for September.
- My driving song for summer of 2010
- Eugene McDaniels is my HERO. I try to be like him all the time in my music in everything I do.
- I refer back to Eugene McDaniels when I get writers block.
- I listened to this song on tour two years ago after visiting a medicinal weed spot in SF (they’re amazing).
- I once listened to “Never Will I Marry” 100 times in a row.
- This is my go to song when I am down or depressed.
- I am “Still Standing”. Thank you, M-Phazes. Thank you, Jill Scott. Thank you, Mela Machinko.