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Culture Talk: The Making of Internal Affairs with Pharoahe Monch

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Hip Hop Culture Pharoahe Monch: Internal Affairs 20th Anniversary The REACH

BET's Jerry Barrow moderates an intimate discussion examining the immense cultural impact of Pharoahe Monch's debut solo album Internal Affairs. Panelists include Diamond D, DJ Scratch, Lee Stone, and the rapper himself.

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BET's Jerry Barrow moderates an intimate discussion examining the immense cultural impact of Pharoahe Monch's debut solo album Internal Affairs. Panelists include Diamond D, DJ Scratch, Lee Stone, and the rapper himself.

Pharoahe Monch
Queens native Pharoahe Monch is regarded as one of the standard bearers for lyricism in Hip Hop today. His career spans over two decades and has produced several hit records and songs, including the classic anthem “Simon Says.” As part of the duo Organized Konfusion, Monch released three albums: the eponymous debut released in 1991, Stress: The Extinction Agenda released in 1994, and 1997’s The Equinox. Pharoahe has since produced four solo albums: his breakout 1999 debut Internal Affairs, 2007’s Desire, 2012’s W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), and 2014’s PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). All four are critically acclaimed.

Monch is featured in Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle. With producer Robert Glasper, Monch recorded the film’s soundtrack and end-credit song “Gone: 2015," which won the 2017 Grammy® Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Pharoahe recently joined forces with Lee Stone, guitar virtuoso Marcus Machado, and all-star drummer Daru Jones to create his new band Th1RT3EN. They have a project slated for release early 2020. Follow him on twitter and instagram at @pharoahemonch, and on Facebook at

Jerry Barrow
Jerry Barrow is a Brooklyn, NY native who has been writing professionally since the late 1990s. He joined the staff of The Source magazine in 2002, where he served as the Music Editor, Features Editor, and Deputy Editor. After The Source, he served as the Editor-In-Chief of Hip Hop production bible Scratch Magazine, launched Radio One’s online entertainment news hub, and spearheaded the relaunch of He is currently the Entertainment Editor at and runs, a blog for Hip Hop producers.

Diamond D
Best known as a member of a New York-based group Hip Hop artists Diggin' in the Crates, rapper and producer Diamond D has released several solo albums, including Stunts, Blunts, and Hip Hop (1992) and Hatred, Passions, and Infidelity (1997).

Lee Stone
Lee Stone is a Platinum Award winning music producer, artist, scholar, therapist, and activist. For over two decades, the Queens native has produced music for movies, commercials, and video games. He's worked with an array of music artists, from Grammy nominated Gold and Platinum Award recipients to well-respected independent recording artists. Within the last few years, Lee composed the song “All Your Fault” by Big Sean and Kanye West, and scored music for the Universal Pictures movie Neighbors 2.