Pharoahe Monch Speaks Out On Gun Violence

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Another video deemed “too controversial” for TV has ended up on YouTube. This time its the video for Pharoahe Monch’s “Guns Drawn.” Instead of editing the content for that oh so glorious 3AM MTV2 timeslot (and more or less NO airplay on BET), Monch decided to release the video on the Internet instead, which is becoming the trend of today’s “controversial” rappers.

Is the video too graphic for TV? Of course not. I’ve seen more blood and violence on CSI.

In “Guns Drawn,” Monch speaks from the viewpoint of a bullet throughout the whole song, in the vein of Organized Konfusion’s earlier song, “Stray Bullet”. The video ends up reminding me of an early 90s Public Service Announcement, which was probably inevitable, but not as bad as it sounds. See, I think that gun laws have no purpose, (I live in one of the most violent cities in the country and we’ve had a handgun ban since the 70s.) Having that said, at least the dude is trying to create a dialog about the issue since most everybody seems to be noticeably silent about this topic.

Still, I never really got into this dude before, so at least this video is going to make me take a second look.

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