This week, New York City-based rapper Pharoahe Monch returns with his fourth album, P.T.S.D., a 16-track collection that features hard beats, heavy themes and contributions from Black Thought and Talib Kweli.
Monch recently joined Esteban Serrano on Fuse's digital series The Mixdown, where they spoke about the album's origins and what a deep title like that means to him. "I'm trying to keep up with the times," Monch says. "I really started digging into the topic and saying to myself 'this can't be like a cool title.' You need to be more transparent as a writer, more vulnerable to some of your personal issues."
Monch goes on to explain that while the music and lyrics might make people feel a "little depressed," he doesn't see it as a bad thing. "I wanted people to feel the weight for what it's like to have that on your mind," he says.
Watch the latest episode of The Mixdown above.