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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR, 5/15/16

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope's FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

Rapper Wordsworth of EMC pays homage to his friend PH, on the corner of 5th Ave & Robert PH Diaz Way.

The late great rapper Robert “PH” Diaz aka Pumpkinhead, who passed away less than a  year ago from gall-bladder related health problems, represented Park Slope, Brooklyn, all his life. Even when he migrated to Staten Island and New Jersey, he always claimed Park Slope as his home, often shouting out the formerly socio-economically mixed neighborhood, that in recent times has become more and more gentrified, in his music. Then in the early 2000′s PH did a mixtape series (Park Slope Rennaisance Vol. 1 & 2) and had a song called Park Slope on his Beautiful Mind EP (Third Earth Music). PH visited his hometown often, doing shows, parties and charity events at the now closed Southpaw, Voodoo Lounge and SRB (now Analog). And shortly before his ultimate departure, Robert returned to Park Slope one last time, with his two sons, to show them the block “where daddy grew up”.

So it is extremely fitting for that block on De Graw Street, between 4th & 5th Avenue, to be co-named “Robert PH Diaz Way“. And it is also fitting that this year’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in Park Slope, will include a Musical Tribute to PH aka PUMPKINHEAD, on the corner of 3rd St & 5th Avenue, beginning at 1pm. DJ GMS will play a set of PH’s best music, including songs about Park Slope. There will also be guest performances by MCMI Artists and friends, including HYDRA (Keith WildChild Middleton, GMS & LR Blitzkrieg), Chordz Cordero, the MarXman, Qaasim & Khalil Middleton, Mic Handz and Jay Lonzo. The first time Pumpkinhead, GMS, LR Blitzkrieg & Keith WildChild ever performed together was at the FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in the 90′s when they were just teenagers. The friends would go on to found the crew The Plague and later form the brand MCMI.

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz

The DJ Booth will be set up in front of The Gate on 3rd Street. The party will start off with classic dance music brought to you by Baby Loves Disco, with DJ MIKEY PALMS and Mr. Metaphor from Brooklyn Academy on the mic, from 11:30 – 1pm. The MCMI / PH Tribute set will go from 1 to 3pm, followed by DJ TOP SPEED, who will play classics honoring David Bowie, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest & Prince, until the fair is over. Classic PH albums & mixtapes, tee shirts, posters and other collectibles will be available behind the DJ booth.

So come out to Park Slope this Sunday, enjoy the fair, check out the music on the corner of 3rd Street and you can also walk down 5th Avenue and take a pic under the newly unveiled street sign on the corner of De Graw St & 5th Ave, as we continue to “Rock Rock On …”.

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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: Mastering with Substantial

MCMI Report: Mastering with Substantial

MCMI’s own GMS dropped in on Substantial at his Maryland studio and they discussed mastering of your song before release of the record. The prolific MC who is part of The Plague collective explained that you can master your songs yourself, if you know what you are doing. As A&R of HIPNOTT Records one of his responsibilities is coaching and mentoring other artists on the label. As an educator he schools young minds on how to achieve their dreams and goals. In this video, he schools me on the settings he uses to get that extra punch out of his mixes.

The song being worked on is Follow the Master, off of The PAST … [EP] which is available right now at IAmSubstantial.com and other digital outlets. All of the songs pack heat. You should definitely download that.

The PAST EP Cover

 

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MCMI Report: GMS featured on NoticeWorthy (#Recognition)

NoticeWorthy-the-industrys-whos-whoGMS pic rocking mic

GMS, co-ceo of MCMI Incorporated, one third of the rap group HYDRA and founding member of The PLAGUE, has been featured on the new website NoticeWorthy.com! Noticeworthy features “a brand of nightlife and entertainment tastemakers who paid their dues, came out on top, and deserve the recognition.” 

According to the site, GMS is a visionary who’s contributions to Hip Hop help shape and mold the culture. Browse around the site and you will find other notable industry insiders “making moves and leaving their indelible mark.”

To see GMS’ and other industry insiders profiles, click on the image below. MCMI Report: GMS

NoticeWorthy

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DJ GMS: The LOVE IS Mixtape (Stream + Download)

THE LOVE IS MIXTAPE

Last year MCMI Records dropped the HYDRA song “Love Is …” right before Valentine’s Day. The song “Love Is …”, produced by Keith “WildChild” Middleton, is a celebration of the Love of Hip Hop and a challenge to any rappers who do this for the money, without a true Love for the art.

Now in 2014, on Valentine’s Day, we present yo you … “The LOVE IS Mixtape”, mixed by DJ GMS, with a special intro from LR Blitzkrieg and testimonials from Masta Ace, Torae, Sha Stimuli, PackFM, Substantial, Chordz Cordero, Rich Medina, DP One, WildChild and many more, talking about what Hip Hop means to them.

GMS DJ picThis 80 minute continuous blend of amazing music is a tribute to all the Hip Hop songs that celebrate Love of music, Love of the culture, Love of being in the studio, and Love of making something special for the people!

There are so many great artists on this CD, from The ROOTS, to SLUM VILLAGE, TORAE, MASTA ACE, BUSTA RHYMES, COMMON, MOS DEF, NAS, SCARFACE, ATCQ, ERYKAH BADU, SOUL PURPOSE, PHAROAHE MONCH, SNOOP, Dr. DRE, DE LA SOUL …  the list goes on and on. And of course, HYDRA!

So the next time you are in the mood for some “Love & Hip Hop”, put down the TV remote and put on “The LOVE IS Mixtape” - absolutely, 100% FREE!!! If you want to support, show your Love by coming to an event, copping a Tee or Sweatshirt off MCMIapparel.com, or other music on MCMI Records.

The Love Is Mixtape Back Cover

Stream as one continuous track on MixCloud
Stream + Download from BandCamp

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HYDRA – “Love Is …” produced by Wild Child (MCMI Records)

HYDRA LOVE IS

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, MCMI Records flagship group HYDRA has pulled the gem “Love Is…” out of the vault to share with the world. The subject matter of “Love Is…” is not new, but is the group’s spin on what love of their craft means to them. Sampling the 1973 hit by MFSB “Love is the Message”, Wild Child, the producer of the group, crafts an energetic track that the trio flow effortlessly on.

To further the message, the other two members of HYDRA, GMS and LR Blitzkrieg, have put together The “LOVE IS…Mixtape”, compiling various songs on the love of music, that will be available for free download soon, including many Hip Hop classics as well as a few surprises.

HYDRA

The song “Love Is …” can be found on MCMI.Bandcamp.com. Download for free if you want, or pay any amount and show us what love is! (see what I did there?)

Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for the love!

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