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I.D Artisan: The Man Behind New Hip Hop Comic “9th Illy” (Interview + Video)

9th Illy
1 Record Label…4 mystical chains…and 1 Big adventure

I.D Artisan has been drawing and MCing since a young kid. You may have seen some of his individual tributes he did to Big L, Big Pun, Easy E and a portrait of MCMI’s very own PH.

Well, now I.D Artisan has channelled his passion for drawing and Hip Hop and created a Comic which features main characters who are MC’s trying to maintain their record deals, survive against all odds and ward off an evil villain. It’s called “9th Illy” and is loosely based on the MC’s own life and experiences in the rap game.

GMS asked I.D about how he came up with all of this and what the comic is all about.

Click HERE to read the full interview!

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* UPDATE: Right after this Interview dropped, 9_4 put out a video for his song “Deep End”. Produced by NockNock Beats. Video shot by Good Guy Pictures. Check it out.

[New Music] FREEDOM (How We Get) by GMS & CHORDZ CORDERO

Freedom (How We Get)

On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, MCMI Records presents FREEDOM (How We Get)“, a musical collaboration between GMS (Hydra/The Plague/MCMI) and Chordz Cordero (Intaphaze/MCMI).

According to GMS, “The song kinda came about by accident. We were in the lab to work on something else and I had this beat playing. Chordz said, ‘Wait, leave that on. Let me write to that.’”

Ten minutes later, they recorded it. Once Chordz dropped his vocals on the track, the two knew they had something powerful on their hands. GMS added speeches from several historical figures who have championed the cause of freedom, to enhance the feeling of inspiration generated by Chordz’ lyrics and harmonies.

“I chose people who have stood up for people’s rights and fought for an ideal of freedom,” explains GMS.

GMS Brooklyn picGMS is an emcee in the group Hydra and a larger collective known as The PLAGUE. He has appeared on projects on QN5 Music and on PH’s last 2 albums “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn” (Soulspasm/Rawkus) and “Know The Ledge” (MCMI), as well as put out 2 Plague mixtapes featuring the crew. He also DJ’s and plays several instruments. He has been making tracks on the low for years, but this is the first song he has released as a producer.

“A lot of people know me as an emcee / lyricist.” GMS tells us, “Most people don’t know I am also a musician.”

Chordz Cordero is a Jamaica Queens artist that has been perfecting his skills as an emcee, singer, producer, andChordz Cordero MCMI musician since 1995. He has collaborated with artists such as St. Joe Louis, Brokn.Englsh, Daniel Joseph, Swave Sevah, and PH, to name a few. You might also remember him from playing the trumpet and singing the intro to PH’s song King Latifah at the Album Release Show at Southpaw.

“I met PH at a Jean Grae concert at Highline Ballroom a few years back,” Chordz recalls, “when he was performing with his former group Brooklyn Academy. After a few chats we got together to do some tracks for both of our projects.“

PH introduced Chordz to GMS and LR Blitzkrieg, his partners at MCMI Records.

“GMS gave me some beats to rock to and I had ideas for some, but nothing hit me like “Freedom“.”, Chordz explains. “I needed a song that spoke to the people and not just one group or race. “Freedom” is for all mankind. We live in a crazy world and everyone screams daily to be “free” from something (self destruction, poverty, prison, debt, social stigma, etc.). This is for all of us!”

The song is dropping on Jan. 15th 2012 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s on his birthday, but celebrates all those who have fought for freedom, from Bobby Kennedy, to Gloria Steinem, to Malcom X, to others in the worldwide struggle, including the struggle within ourselves.

DJ’s, producers, MC’s and Spoken Word artists who want to create remixes of the song, get in touch with GMS [at] There will be a video contest announced in the near future as well.

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Nicki Minaj 2009 Video Interview for FADER TV

Nicki Minaj 2009

This is Nicki in 2009, interviewed by Felipe at FADER. She has just dropped “Beam Me Up Scotty”, has normal color hair, a normal amount of make up on and a LOT of cleavage showing for this very playful flirtatious interview.

“I was not gonna get a Twitter, but they forced me to do it … I hated it, but I’m on Twitter now …” she confesses.

She talks about growing up in Queens and how it felt to be back in her neighborhood shooting a segment for MTV. All the young 13 to 17 year old girls knew who she was and were so excited to see her! At one point she hits on her interviewer, calling him cute and asking him if he can take a vacation with her. This is such a cute down to earth Nicki and as you can see the camera has always loved her, even without the wild costumes, pink wigs and such. Thanks to FADERtv for re-releasing this footage from not so long ago (a little less than 3 years). What do you think? Nicki then, or Nicki now?

Busta Rhymes – “Tilt” ft. N.O.R.E., Reek Da Villain, Spliff Star & J-Doe

This track is annoyingly simple, and yet so effective at the same time. It is not the most musical, but is definitely head-nodding. It forces your attention and then its up to the MC’s to keep it. So do they? Well with only 8 bars each verse is kinda like a snippet. Let’s run it down the line.

N.O.R.E? –  I’m a fan, but sorry, no.
BussaBus? – Held his on, but not amazing.
Reek? – Ice, swagg? -yawn-
Spliff Star? – You aint gotta rap? Buss gave you millions? Then why are you? To annoy us?
J-Doe? -crickets-

Wow, Busta Rhyme is one of the dopest spitters in the game and yet, sometimes it seems like he just doesn’t apply himself. The dopest thing about this song is him saying “We got the buildin’ on tilt”. And the beat. (RocWilder you killed it.) All the verses on here are throw-aways, a complete waste of time.

PH – “County of Kings” ft. ShaStimuli, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, LR Blitzkrieg (Single)

PH feat. Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, & LR Blitzkrieg

“County of Kings” Produced by The Beatgees

Brooklyn MC PH (formerly Pumpkinhead), has teamed up with some of Brooklyn’s best MC’s for the new anthem County of Kings, off his soon to be released album KNOW The LEDGE, a precursor to the highly anticipated project, The Revenge Of Radames on MCMI Records.

PH says,

“Brooklyn needed a new anthem, something fresh, new and something that maintains and represents the gritty nature of my borough, so I enlisted some friends for this task in the form of Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, and label mate LR Blitzkrieg. Along with me, these 4 mc’s each add a jewel in the crown that is Brooklyn. The County of Kings”.

County of Kings logo artwork

This song will be played in the same vein as Crooklyn Dodgers – a new generation of representatives for a new generation of music lovers, as PH spits bars like:

“We from where gangs is everywhere, fathers is never there / where they clap chrome the backbone of the eastern hemisphere / you shop on Rodeo Drive? We shop on Fulton Ave, you ride in limousines? We ride in dollar vans/ your favorite rappers alive? Our favorite rapper died/ If you an outcast you get cast out and cast aside/ If you put a nine year old on blast, he might blast a nine. The flyest borough. Too thorough, you can’t deny!”

The complete project “KNOW The LEDGE“, a street album of all new original music from PH, drops August 9th, 2011 on MCMI Records. The Clean, Explicit and Instrumental versions are packaged individually and together on iTunes, Amazon and most digital stores, internationally. If you just want the “main” version, you can head over to MCMI’s BandCamp page, where you are also able to Pre-Order the album.

Those who Pre-Order get the single County of Kings (Explicit) and Hollywood (Free Bonus Download!) right away and will be mailed the link to download the rest of the album on or before August 9th, the official release date.

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