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PHAROAHE MONCH: Lost In Translation [ALBUM STREAM + DOWNLOAD]

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Did you know Pharoahe Monch just dropped an album, “Lost In Translation,” available for ‘name your price‘ on his Bandcamp page? I didn’t. Apparently, it is his Valentine’s Day gift to us all, released on Feb 14th and is much appreciated! (Thanks Pharoahe, we didn’t know you cared!)

The project is a retrospective collection of  previously released songs and features from 2000 to 2015, but it does include one new song “Home (HGH)” featuring Phonte’ and Tamisha. “Lost In Translation“ is no joke, also featuring Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake, Will.I.Am, Mela Machinko, jazz great Robert Glasper and more!

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The theme of the collection is “Love” of course, hence the Valentine’s Day release date (kinda like MCMI’s “Love Is” mixtape, shameless self-plug). Stream “Lost In Translation” or download it for anything you want to contribute (drop some $, don’t be a moocher! lol). Remember, support the artists whose music you dig, or else don’t complain about what you hear on the radio.

For more info on Pharoahe, check out his website: Pharoahe.com.

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PHAROAHE MONCH: Lost In Translation

Rhythm & Bleu – Valentine’s Day Mix Vol. 1 [EDM, HOUSE, RnB]

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Rhythm & Bleu – Valentine’s Day Mix Vol. 1 

This 45min Valentine’s day themed mix is from @RhythmAndBleu, two brothers who are sick with the beats as well as photography, web design, film and video. They are often behind-the-scenes at MCMI, designing and making sure our website is functioning correctly, shooting videos and taking pictures. Musically, they DJ and produce Hip Hop, House and EDM and will be releasing more music in the future.

Genres in this mix range from house/edm, rnb and chill music. You can throw it on in the car, at home, while you are doing the dishes, or just feel like dancing around the house on Saturday! Enjoy!

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @RhythmAndBleu

 

FREEDOM: How We Get – GMS & Chordz Chordero (MLK Jr Day Tribute)

FREEDOMIn honor of MLK Jr. and all the other freedom fighters around the world throughout history, I thought I’d bring this one back today, for MLK Day. This one-off single, FREEDOM: How We Get dropped a few years ago on this day, on MCMI Records, produced by yours truly, GMS. Words and vocals by Chordz Cordero. Check out the “Bookends Mix” that Chordz Cordero blesses with an inspiring verse and the “Political Mix” for more inspiring messages.

Chordz has a project with label mate PH (“This Is Not a Tyler Perry Movie“) and an EP with DubMD and DC producer JUDAH (“Catalyst: [E]volution (EP)“). He will be releasing a collaborative project called HighBred, in February. GMS appears on the song Here I Go Again, off of the album TRANSITIONS, by Keith WildChild Middleton, out now, and has several projects in the works, coming soon on MCMI Records.


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Rant Wars ft. Funk Flex, Jay Z, Hannibal Buress

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Rant Wars ft. Funk Flex, Jay Z, Hannibal Buress

FUNK FLEX RANT #1: 

In the past few days NY DJ and radio personality FUNKMASTER FLEX (HOT97) took to the airwaves twice to rant about a personal beef with Jay Z, airing out some past bitterness (Flex is mad because he feels Jay Z grilled him about his App a couple years ago and then turned around and used that info for his own App) and a few cases of being asked by club 40/40 manager NOT to play Dipset music when he DJ’s there (because of a long running feud between Dipset and Hov). Media hopped on the first rant for obvious reasons (#1 NY Radio DJ takes on #1 NY rapper = #’s). The rant was annoying however, because as much as we do really want to know what the beef is and love celebrities airing out their laundry in public, Flex didn’t really cover much ground and spent about 8 minutes pressing the “bomb” button, which is his trademark sound effect.

Jay’s response was to not say anything publicly about the rant and to instead have news leaked that he was in talks to buy HOT97! Okay, it’s a group of investors, including Jay, but that’s the same thing that happened with the Barclay’s  deal.

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Courtesy of HipHopDX.com

Flex then dropped a second rant, again with the bombs every three words, this time talking about a text Hov apparently sent him, using capital letters for “HOV” which Flex found disrespectful, Jay trying to “son” him.

FUNK FLEX RANT #2:

Apparently, comedian Hannibal Buress has had enough and has dropped his own rant against Funk Flex’s rant against Jay Z and hilarity ensued. The comedian is mocking the DJ’s over use of the bomb sound effect as much as anything he is actually talking about. I have been to Hannibal Buress’ shows, listened to him on satellite radio and he is one of the funniest new comedians out!  As a DJ, Flex can really put a hurting on most music artists careers, but Hannibal doesn’t sing and Flex is not really in the world of comedy, so I think he’s safe. I wonder if Flex will go on a rant about Hannibal tomorrow?

If you haven’t heard Hannibal Buress’ comedy, check out his website: hannibalburess.com.

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute

This is not new, but I had an interesting conversation with a friend about Buddhism recently (a religion and philosophy I have felt connected to since a boy and recently have began living my life by), which made me want to post about it. This is a video of “Buddhist Monks” performing Hip Hop dance/B-boying as a tribute to musician & humanitarian Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who himself was a devout Buddhist who fought for Tibetan independence.

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute - The words “Buddhist Monks” are in quotes because they are not actually monks, but are dancers who are performing a routine choreographed by Pavan Thimmaiah, styled by Maria Palmeri. However, if you read comments on Youtube or Facebook (a reliable source of intellectual thinking, I know), you will surely find people commenting that those “buddhists” are being sacrilegious, not being devout, because they are dancing to Hip Hop.   Others will argue over whether or not those are “real” buddhist monks, whether or not they would really be doing that, or whether it is disrespectful to portray the monks like that.

Adam-Yauch-Dalai-LamaAlthough it is probably not the case in this video, it actually isn’t that far-fetched for monks to have learned how to “break“. Buddhist monks spend time working on improving the body and mind. This includes meditation, study, prayer and yes, physical exercise. This has led to martial arts being practiced by buddhist monks, for physical, mental and spiritual health. There are even styles of kung fu developed by monks, the “Lion’s Roar” of which there are variations from Lama Pai, to Tibetan White Crane, to Hop Gar and other lineages. These styles bear influences of martial arts from China, Tibet and India, but regardless of where they originated from, they have been practiced by monks from Shaolin to Tibet since at least the 1400′s.

Hip Hop MonksThe monks practice martial arts to push your body to the limits of physical possibilities, to discipline your mind and body, to achieve great strength, flexibility and balance, mastering the mind by mastering the body, for longevity, health and a sense of well being. Well, if you think about it, serious dancers also combine rigorous training, exercise, and self-discipline to put on incredible displays of strength, beauty and balance. Combined with music, this is extremely artistic and spiritual. As strong as most breakers are, and with the kicks, lunges, windmills and other acrobatics, there is certainly an aspect of self-defense involved as well.  Not to mention, BBoys have incorporated martial arts moves into their dance routines since the beginning. They even perform ritualized simulations of combat (‘battles‘) in competition.

Hip Hop is everywhere. Asian youth have embraced the music, art, dance forms and fashion for years. Besides, exiled from their homeland, the Tibetan Lamas now live here in New York City. Is it farfetched to imagine a day in the near future where some buddhist monks, immersed in Hip Hop culture growing up, take to practicing Hip Hop dance, as part of their daily routine? After all, Hip Hop is Universal and so is Buddhism. Namaste. Buddha Bless. Peace Out.

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