11:35am Friday 8th June 2012
By Nikki Jarvis
US hip hop giant Pharoahe Monch is set to entertain a “super intelligent” crowd with his instantly recognisable tunes in Greenwich.
The creator of 1999 hit Simon Says is headlining at Proud2’s Vagabondz club night on Friday (June 15).
He is part of an impressive line-up playing live across two rooms until 6am, including Dubstep stars True Tiger and D Double E.
Vibe caught up with Pharoahe this week.
He said: “I am most looking forward to the fact the UK audience is super intelligent which is why the show is so diverse musically.
“I am looking forward to testing out the audience with some throwback songs I've never done before and of course super lyrical hip hop stuff.
“Londoners are educated music fans, well versed in jazz, rock and soul music.
“I am appreciative since they (British fans) have been so supportive since the start - I've always had an equal fan base here but even more so in London.
“Their support helps keep me going.
“I’ve been to England plenty of times, although I don’t particularly like beans with my eggs.
“I have an affinity for London in general and I'm excited about Nando's.”
Pharoahe describes hip hop as “the voice of the street” and Dubstep as “the heartbeat.”
Most famous for his song Simon Says, he says his latest work is proving more meaningful to his fans.
“My recent work is more inspirational than braggadocios and I am seeing the results from fans, they are telling me songs are getting them through things, real things.
“The fact I am able to use my voice as an artist to inspire is a huge success.
“I try to write what moves me emotionally so it translates well.
“Anything from political to social, personal love, everything that inspires me and what I am blessed with and I let it come out of me.”
Vagabondz starts at 10pm at the venue in The O2.
For the full line-up and tickets visit proud2.com
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