Pharoahe Monch

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This forthcoming album, Desire, it’s pretty–this has been a long time in the making, like, seven years since Internal Affairs. I’m just curious if you could summarize the delay of this installment of Pharoahe Monch?

You know, Rawkus had got taken over by MCA when they lost their distribution deal, and then Geffen swallowed MCA, and then I was on Geffen, and then–I don’t know how I really fit at the Geffen situation, but they wanted to keep me there and they didn’t want to let me go. And after, I expressed not wanting to come out [on] Geffen, and Rawkus folded, but they still had contractual ties. A bunch of labels showed some interest, and because of the red tape and them not really wanting to let me go, I was never able to transfer over to different labels. And that was pretty much the holdup. Having the integrity to put out the music the way you wanted to put it out to me is worth the wait. So I just waited it out.