Outside The Lines is a bi-weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with the most interesting figures in Hip-Hop

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Latest Episode: Pharoahe Monch: PTSD

Longtime listeners to the show will recall Pharoahe Monch as OTL’s first three-peat guest, first appearing on the show in July 2012. This time, we sat down with Pharoahe and his manager Guy Routte to talk PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pharoahe’s new album that’s dropping today. With a desire to continue exploring themes of violence, peace, war, and recovery as well as exploring his own dealings with mental health, Pharoahe transformed what was originally supposed to be an EP into a full length album following his last album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).

PTSD is at once a very personal and a very removed project. Pharaohe speaks for many people beyond himself through PTSD, slipping into different narrators to communicate larger issues of dealing with trauma in multiple spheres — in marginalized black communities, in war veterans, and in his own life. The narrator of the record splits into multiple layers — a PTSD riddled veteran grappling with problems of love and drugs and Pharoahe talking about his own career and personal life.

We talked PTSD, how the hip hop genre has changed, how mental health affects the black community, themes of gun violence, sanity and insanity, dealing with depression, the musical and thematic evolution of Pharaohe’s style, and whether or not PTSD is actually Pharaohe’s last full-length album.

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Past Episodes

065: Rakim

We talk to Rakim, the God MC, widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.

064: Dan Charnas

We talk to Dan Charnas, an industry veteran, prolific music journalist, and most recently author of *The Big Payback* - the definitive history of hip hop business.

063: Loaded Lux

This episode of Outside the Lines, we talk to Harlem rapper Loaded Lux, considered a true pioneer and legend in battle rap.

062: Michael Watts

We talk to Michael Watts, legendary DJ and founder of Swishahouse Records, about everything from the origins of chopped and screwed music and "fuck actions" to and the rise of Mike Jones.

061: Robert Greene

We talk to writer Robert Greene, best-known for his first book, The 48 Laws of Power, a best-seller that took ideas from students of power names like Machiavelli and Sun Tzu and distilled their teachings into simple principles anyone can follow.

060: Roc Marciano

Just before the release of his third solo album, Marci Beaucoup, we talk to Roc Marciano about the influence of Public Enemy on his music, the style of all velour suits and Air Max Nikes, the era of blend tapes, and more.

059: Lance Scott Walker

We talk to Lance Scott Walker, author of who along with photographer Peter Beste, set out in 2004 to document the unique, vibrant, and complex culture that is the Houston rap scene.

058: Christmas With Bill Adler

We talk to industry veteran and Christmas music expert Bill Adler about everything from his Christmas Jollies mixes to the sample in "Christmas in Hollis" to his own Christmas favorites.

057: Paul Stewart

A West Coast hip-hop impresario talks L.A. rap from Young M.C. to the Pharcyde to Warren G, and everything in between.

056: KRS-One

We talk to the Teacha about his rhymes, history, and, of course, his philosophy.