Pharoahe Monch's "Still Standing" video about his asthma struggles

"Still Standing": Pharoahe Monch conquers asthma

Pharoahe Monch has shown that he’s not afraid to address serious subjects.

Last year, he released a 10-minute short film for “Clap (one day),” an anti-police brutality song from W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) that stars actor Gbenga Akinnagbe (you know him from The Wire and The Good Wife) as a cop who’s haunted by the memories of a fatal mistake.

In Monch’s latest video for the M-Phazes produced track “Still Standing,” the Queens rapper looks inward at his struggles with a potentially life-threatening condition—asthma.

The video, which Red Bull premiered this week, features beautiful Jill Scott singing part of the hook and helping Monch recover from a lung-constricting asthma attack. It’s also directed by new jack talent Terence Nance.

The up-and-coming filmmaker has been creating a big buzz on the indie film circuit and recently at the Sundance Film Festival for his experimental short, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.

Nance uses an effective camera trick where he shows Monch looking at a version of himself (like he’s having an out-of-body experience) as he fights to catch his breath.

Plus, Monch’s delivery is exceedingly nimble (as always) and Jill’s vocals and presence are full of drama and emotion.

So glad that these two are still putting in work.

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