Pharoahe Monch is on the front lines once again and this time it's bigger than just album talk. Monch is gearing up to release his new project W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) through a partnership with Duck Down Music, while establishing his company W.A.R. Media as a viable entertainment portal. W.A.R. is the follow-up album to Pharoahe's "Desire" project from 2007. Fans can expect what they've come to love from Pharoahe on the new LP; complex rapping techniques that are both intricate and intelligent.

Monch states, "I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and my new partnership between my company W.A.R. Media, LLC, and Duck Down Music. This album deals with conflicts and resolutions of the spirit, the soul, the government, and the industry among other things. Thus far it features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Jean Grae, Styles P, Phonte, Black Thought, with more to come. It also features production from M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Mike Low, Fatin, Lee Stone, Exile and others to be announced. I am working diligently to finish the work for a summer release and I am honored to join forces with the Duck Down family during their 15 year anniversary."

For fans and writers in Austin, TX, catch Pharoahe Monch live in concert during Duck Down's 15 Year Anniversary SXSW Showcase at The Scoot Inn, on Friday, March 19th. Doors are open at 8PM. The Scoot Inn is located on 1308 East 4th Street.

Pharoahe Monch will also join Slaughterhouse for a Canadian Tour starting in early April.

April 3 Saint John, NB Evolution Nightclub
April 4 St. John's, NF Club One
April 5 Halifax, NS Paragone Theatre
April 7 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub
Aprill 8 Toronto, ON Venue TBC
April 9 Cornwall, ON Rangatangs Nightclub
April 10 Montreal, QC Telus Theatre
April 12 Thunder Bay, ON Roxys Nightclub
April 13 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
April 14 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre
April 15 Calgary, AB The Whiskey Nightclub
April 16 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
April 17 Lethbridge, AB Venue TBC
Aprl 18 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar
April 21 Victoria, BC Element
April 22 Vancouver, BC Venue TBC

Duck Down Music Celebrates its 15 Year Anniversary at SXSW this Friday, March 19th

Label Showcase At The Scoot Inn (1308 East 4th street) - Doors at 8PM. Presented by VTECH, 2K Sports & Pro-Keds

Official Set Times Announced:

8PM to 8:40PM - Music by DJ EVIL DEE

8:40PM to 8:55PM - Promise

9:05PM to 9:20 - Team Facelift

9:30PM to 9:45PM - Marco Polo & Torae

9:55PM to 10:10PM - Skyzoo

10:20PM to 10:35: Blue Scholars

10:45PM to 11:15PM: Kidz In The Hall + Special Guests

11:25PM to 11:45PM: Pharoahe Monch

12AM to 12:10: Ruste Juxx

12:10 to 12:25: Smif N Wessun

12:25 to 12:40: Sean Price with Black Milk

12:40 to 1AM: Buckshot with special guests

1:10AM to 1:40AM: B-Real of Cypress Hill

2AM: Close

Hosted by Peter Rosenberg of HOT 97

The first 50 people to enter receive a limited-edition Duck Down/UNDRCRWN SXSW T-Shirt.

For more information on Pharoahe Monch visit: PHAROAHE MONCH on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

For press Inquiries, including interview opportunities at SXSW contact: Matt Conaway @

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