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MCMI REPORT: FOR ME – MIC HANDZ (official Video)

MCMI REPORT: FOR ME – MIC HANDZ (official Video)

MCMI REPORT: FOR ME – MIC HANDZ (official Video)

MIC HANDZ has been going through a lot this past year or two. From the loss of loved ones, to his own health struggles, starting dialysis and looking for a kidney transplant, he has been going through changes physically, mentally and spiritually and that has to come out in the music.  “FOR ME”, a delayed visual off of the 2017 release HELL ON MY BACK: HEAVEN IN MY WAKE, was written as therapy. According to the Flatbush based MC, producer, graphic artist, video director and tour promoter, this song represents

“self-reflection of myself for myself ”  “I believe going public and being transparent is key to growth.”

MCMI REPORT: FOR ME - MIC HANDZ (official Video)

You wont find cliched boasting about lyrical prowess on this song. Produced by the German underground producers DICHTER 2 PRODUCTIONS, the musical soundtrack, introspective bars and passionate delivery, platformed by a LAST AMERICAN BBOY supplied visual in the heart of Brooklyn, is a release from pain by creating art through music, in the vein of Muddy Waters and the Blues tradition. The visuals, with assistance from Taz , Jana, Wendy, Uncle Freddy , Nayarah, Parnia and ROCKNESS MONSTA, help set the mood and fill in parts of the story untold by Handz’ documentary lyrics.

If you missed the album when it dropped, it’s not too late.

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MCMI REPORT: FOR ME – MIC HANDZ (official Video)

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR'S COLLAB LP, '86 Witness

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness is a collaborative album from the late Sean Price and producer Small Professor. Check out the first single, “John Gotti”. Although it features AG Da CoronerGuilty Simpson, and Your Old Droog, hometown hero Sean P sets it off right away as soon as the record drops.

Of course everyone on the track spits impressive bars (or I wouldn’t have thrown it up) The single is an instant download with iTunes pre-order for 86 Witness, which is also available now for pre-order in a limited magenta/black swirl vinylCD with bonus content, and bundle package equipped with a “Refrigerator P” jersey-style T-shirt.

“Lyrically, P pays homage to the year 1986 with clever bars boasting slick, pop culture-referencing wordplay. He big-ups the Bears’ Super Bowl XX win on “Refrigerator P”; references Herbie Hancock’s time-honored Round Midnight OST on “Midnight Rounds”; shows love to Just Ice’s “Latoya” on the Quelle Chris-featured “Latoya Jackson”; and dedicates track six to John Gotti with the help of AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson and Your Old Droog.

Throughout the rest of the album, P spits slick nods to Boogaloo Shrimp, Joe Joe Dancer, Sinbad, and other characters central to that era. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ruckus project without mentions of the man who inspired his ‘Mic Tyson’ alias. And sure enough, sound bytes from the heavyweight bruiser appear on closer, “Word to Mother.”” – Press Release

The album, which includes additional guest features from Rock, Quelle Chris, Illa Ghee, Elucid, Caste, Zilla Rocca, Reef the Lost Cauze, DJ Revolution and more is due out Feb 08 as a dual-label release via Coalmine Records and Duck Down Music.

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR'S COLLAB LP, '86 Witness

SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness

According to the official Press Release,

86 Witness is a testament to both Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, and the unbelievable talents of Sean Price, one of the genre’s biggest and best voices who was taken from us far, far too soon. His hilarious, tack-sharp rhymes are complemented by the imaginative and dusty production of Philly’s Small Professor, who may just be rap’s best kept secret.”

Tracklist:

  • 01. Bear Witness (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution] 
  • 02. Refrigerator P (feat. Rockness Monstah & DJ Revolution) 
  • 03. Latoya Jackson (feat. Quelle Chris & DJ Revolution) 
  • 04. Midnight Rounds (feat. Elucid & Castle) 
  • 05. P’s Theme (Interlude) 
  • 06. John Gotti (feat. AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson & Your Old Droog) 
  • 07. Think About It (feat. Illa Ghee, Rockness Monstah & DJ Revolution) 
  • 08. Word to Mother (feat. DJ Revolution) 
  • 09. John Gotti (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze, Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca) [Philly Blunt Remix] 
  • 10. Refrigerator P (feat. Rob Kelly) [Peaky Blinders Remix]

Younger heads will appreciate Sean’s classic witty punchlines, wordplay and no-holds-barred hip hop ethic of brutal honesty, at times self-depreciating and always rugged, yet humorous. Veteran’s closer to the God’s age will delight in 80’s references and celebrated nomenclature. Every Hip Hop head will appreciate music that knocks. Salute Sean Price! Sean lives on! #RIP 

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SEAN PRICE (RIP) & SMALL PROFESSOR’S COLLAB LP, ’86 Witness

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

This is a Hip Hop Fest you don’t want to miss!

World Underground is having their Inaugural Festival this week at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens this Wednesday through Friday, August 29th – 31st, featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dave East, Azealia Banks & over 40 of the top underground emcees in the game. The festival was created by Armani Cooper, co-creator of Team Backpack.  

Besides the headliners, there will also be

  • Music Conference (Guest Speakers from Lyricist Lounge and GPME agency)
  • International Emcee competition (10k$ grand prize and tour)
  • 3-Day Concert Series (featuring 40+ of your favorite EMCEES!)
  • Beat battles
  • Live hip-hop ciphers

I have to give it to them, they have great headliners, as well as actual underground artists as their title advertises. Many of these acts I have never heard of – hence “underground” – but at the same time, there are enough who I know to be legit, such as Locksmith, Ren Thomas, Mad Squablz, Chris Rivers and the Skull N Tones DJ crew, to name a few, that I expect to hear quality. They are exposing underground artists to new audiences, which is really what a fest that claims to be “underground” is supposed to do, salute to everyone involved.

You can get TICKETS to individual performances you care about, get a 1 day pass for $100 or a 3 day pass for $200. $10,000 for the Emcee Competition is a nice purse, so that should be a heated competition! More info, a detailed line up and instructions for the Emcee competition can be found on their website: worldunderground.com.

Here are some more artists and DJ’s you will see at the festival:

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

 

Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs [MUSIC VIDEO]

Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs [MUSIC VIDEO]

Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs [MUSIC VIDEO]

Earlier this year, after a brief tour in Japan honoring the late Nujabes, Substantial & Marcus D, together known as Bop Alloy filmed a new music video. Directed by Robert Lewis and edited by Robert Lewis the video includes clips shot by Cameron Ross, Stan Robinson & Ramzey Staples. 

Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs [MUSIC VIDEO]

Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs was filmed mostly in Tokyo, Japan, but also in the USin Baltimore, MD, Seattle, WA and Oregon, and features our dapper duo switching from Blackjack to seeking therapy. Both songs are standout tracks from the group’s 2014 sophomore album Another Day in the Life of… available on CD, Vinyl and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and BandCamp. 

LYRICS COU: https://genius.com/Bop-alloy-count-on… | WMR: https://genius.com/Bop-alloy-writing-…

FOLLOW BOP ALLOY Facebook, IG, Twitter: @BopAlloy
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ls1K…

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI on IG & TW)

Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) Count On Us / Writing My Wrongs [MUSIC VIDEO]

Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought & Rakim – J Period Live Mixtape

Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought & Rakim - J Period Live Mixtape

J.PERIOD Presents…

The Live Mixtape [#Top5 Edition]

An EPIC Hip Hop Mixtape Recorded Live Onstage In One Take.

Featuring performances by

Rakim
Pharoahe Monch
with Special Guest
BlackThought 

Opening DJ Sets by @DJMoma [Everyday People] & @TheWhooligan

ADVANCED TICKETS: JPERIOD.COM/TOP5

* Use our Special DISCOUNT CODE: MIXTAPE Tickets for $30 (limited tickets available)