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Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – NPR Tiny Desk Submission [Video]

Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – [NPR Tiny Desk Submission Video]

Substantial: Black Of All Trades points to the fact that there many Black Americans go unrecognized for their numerous talents and achievements. Take Substantial for example, he raps, yes, but he also is a visual artist, both with pencils and brushes and as a graphic artist with the computer. He is also an educator and an A&R at his label. And he does all of those things WELL! Black of All Trades.

In the single’s liner notes on BandCamp, Substantial includes a quote from Hill Harper, an American film, television and stage actor, and author, who says

“I believe we all have the capacity to be masters of many things, and there’s nothing that we can’t do. You can be a great actor and also be a great writer. There’s so many things that all of us have the capacity to do. But somehow, life tries to convince us that we’d be lucky to do even one thing well, and I disagree.” ― Hill Harper

The video, featuring DJ JAV is a submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest. It was filmed and edited by CAMCAMTV, at Substantial’s desk at Oxon Hill Middle School where he works with 12 to 14 year olds as a Student Advocate and teaches music production afterschool.

The song, produced by THE OTHER GUYS, is off the recently released LP, THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE FUTUREavailable on COMPACT DISC, & CASSETTE as well as digital download from

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Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2)Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – [NPR Tiny Desk Submission Video]

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq – STREET CODE ft Milano Constantine & Parakhan

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq – STREET CODE ft Milano Constantine & Parakhan

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq

New single for the streets, Street Code, by BK standout Shabaam Sahdeeq, featuring DITC affiliate Milano Constantine & Parakhan, on the DJ Ready Cee produced track. Enjoy!

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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq – STREET CODE ft Milano Constantine & Parakhan

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & RestyledMCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & RestyledAt MCMI Records, we do most of our recording, mixing and mastering out of one studio. We have for years. The reason? We trust the ear, experience and skill of our chief engineer, Dennis Mitchell.

Dennis is an old school studio engineer who can build compression strips, microphones and mixing boards, make his own cables, build computers and set up speakers and soundproofing for optimum mixing. He’s been recording since AMPEX reels back in the day, but knows the latest hardware and software and is always up to date. Simply put, he is one of the best. Rockafella had Young Guru on the boards; MCMI has Dennis Mitchell.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

Paying his dues at the big studios like Firehouse, INS, Chung King, Electric Ladyland and others, Dennis tracked or mixed sessions for Das EFX, SWV, Wu-tang Clan and many other notable artists.

When Dennis set up his own studio, in an apartment in Park Slope, HYDRA went there. The location didn’t matter. Our mixes came out awesome, with balanced vocals, thumping kicks and punchy snares. His analogue compression modules, and knowledge of frequencies, and his ear (actually, both of them), created amazing results.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

When the studio relocated to 626 Carlton Avenue, in a bigger, dedicated, space (no longer his apartment), we set up shop and started working on out music from Hydra, PH (aka Pumpkinhead), Chordz Cordero, MrMecc, Archrival and other artists down with The Plague and MCMI. The sound was great, Dennis works fast and we got a lot done.

The only thing lacking in that studio was the vocal booth was tiny (could only hold one person) and even the mixing station was very small. Four or five people and you were packed in like sardines. Sill, a lot of artists recorded great music there, including … Young M.A, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Troy Ave and others.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

In 2016, Dennis decided to expand the studio and take it to the next level. He tore down the walls, redid the ceilings and floors and even moved the heating system to create more space. Now the mixing room can accommodate a lot more people, the sound booth can hold a group of people, plus instruments and he has a nice lounge which doubles as a live room or Podcast/Radio show, when needed. Whether you sing, rap or are a DJ making a mixtape, you can record live, mix, have your tracks mastered, even apply autotune or melodine. Stonebrown does it all.

This Tuesday, March 28th, will be an OPEN HOUSE from 7pm – 10pm, for all artists, producers and DJ’s who want to come through, see the new look, play your music through their system and talk to Dennis about your projects’ needs. Special deals will be made, for those who attend. It costs nothing, but you MUST RSVP, to StoneBrownStudios (at) gmail, in order to attend. Once a certain number of people is reached, the list will close, but StoneBrown will be having producer listening sessions in the future, so there will be more opportunities.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

If you want to book studio time, you can take advantage of the online Google STUDIO calendar to see what days/times are available and then call, email or text 917 349 0524 to book your session. Use Code “MCMI” for DISCOUNT on first session!

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MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers

Chordz Cordero original lyrics over instrumentals by his favorite producers


MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO - A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)

Intaphaze/MCMI Records’ Chordz Cordero finally returns with his new solo project, “CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)”. The songs were recorded in between albums, as a way to keep the creative juices flowing. Now it is available for free (or optional donation) on Bandcamp.

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO - A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)I decided to release it now, to show love to all who have supported my official group album with Sir Manley, The HighBred and all my projects over the years. This gives fans some more music to listen to while I am working on a solo album and some more group projects, coming soon. – Chordz Cordero

Born out of his passion for Hip Hop & Soul, this “Soultape” explores Chordz’ many thoughts and emotions on his journey through life! “A Day With My Favorite Producers” was completely recorded and mixed by Chordz himself in his basement studio. It’s straight up Soul, unpolished and raw! Even so, he did do a video for one song, produced by Black Milk, called Street Life. The video was shot and edited by Chordz brother J’Mel Lu, who has been building his directorial resume with videos from King Jerz, V2, Rell Peso and of course, his brother Chordz, who co-directs some of the videos as well.


You can stream or download the rest of Chordz’ homage to his favorite producers from Bandcamp and if you missed The HighBred LP dropped last year, it is available as a CD and digital download as well. And don’t forget to check out the last HighBred video, 3rd Stone Blues ft PH aka Pumpkinhead, here. #ripPH

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Uncle Murder Rap Up vs Mad Skillz Wrap Up vs Bekay Year in Review! (Who wins 2016?)

Uncle Murder Rap Up vs Mad Skillz Wrap Up vs Bekay Year in Review!

(Who wins 2016?)

*UPDATE: So far a lot of people are saluting Bekay on this. I decided to throw Uncle Murder into the mix as well. Are you feeling his version? Comment below. – GMS
Uncle Murder Rap Up vs Mad Skillz Wrap Up vs Bekay Year in Review

Okay by now I’m sure you’ve heard several people do these long end of the year freestyles, where they mention everything noteworthy that has happened over the year. Well, if memory serves correctly, Virgina MC Mad Skillz (you know, who battled SuperNat, had that joint “The Headnod“, was a member of the SupaFriendz, who were on Aaliyah’sAre You That Somebody“, back in the day?) Yeah, that guy, just so we are clear, made that whole idea up, in 2002, made it hot and since then it’s become a trend.

Uncle Murder Rap Up vs Mad Skillz Wrap Up vs Bekay Year in Review

Not that anybody minds! I love hearing different MC’s do wrap ups, with their unique style and take on the year’s events. But just to give credit where credit is due, props to Skillz for that. This year, he dropped another one and so did a few other MC’s. I thought it would be dope to battle two versions together, not just to see which is doper, but to see what they talk about. Do they cover some of the same topics, mention the same events? What does each have on theirs that the other doesn’t have? I decided to give local freestyle king and recording artist Bekay (from BK, where else?) a shot, being that he has been dropping consistently dope “Year In Review’s” every year since 2010.

In real life, the two artists do not have beef or anything, we are just playing a game. So let’s enjoy both of these MC’s as they help us say goodbye to the wretched 2016. Weapon (instrumental) of choice: Madskillz – Young M.A.’s “Summer Freestyle”; Bekay – Fat Joe, Remy Ma & French Montana’s “All the Way Up”. This should be interesting. Okay, fellas, 10 paces, turn around and come out rhyming.

Just for fun, leave a comment about who you think won, and what the best lines were.

Deuces 2016! Year be gone!!

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Uncle Murder Rap Up vs Mad Skillz Wrap Up vs Bekay Year in Review