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PH – Orange Moon Still Shines Over Brooklyn

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PH (formerly known as “Pumpkinhead”)

PH – Orange Moon Still Shines Over Brooklyn

Born Robert Alan Diaz, in Brooklyn N.Y., on Sept. 17th, 1975, PH did not know what his future had in store for him. The son of a single, hard working mother, grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn with his mom and younger sister, in a 2 bedroom apartment. He started getting into Hip Hop in the early 80′s. As a 10 yr. old B-boy, Robert would battle local crews alone in search of acceptance for having heart and skill for his age. Movies like Beat Street, Breakin and Wildstyle, inspired this B-boy to embrace the culture to the fullest and be the best at what he does today.

After gaining acclaim for his breaking and popping skills, he quickly moved on to his next goal, which was to be an MC. After Hearing Dana Dane’s “Nightmares”, young Robert started penning raps during his 6th Grade Language art class, where he was the top Poet.

Soon “Pumpkinhead” first leapt onto the Underground Hip Hop scene, when a friend of his went to Bobitto Garcia, and handed him a promo that PH had created for his Hip Hop radio show, along with the legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong, “The Stretch Armstrong Show”.

They played the promo for 8 weeks straight.

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After New York’s first taste of this underground MC, they demanded more , So PH joined the stable of Makin’ Records, which was home to the group Natural Resource (including Jean Grae) and The Bad Seed. Ph’s first 12″ single was “Dynamic” b/w “It’s Over”. The record was embraced by all and went #1 in the Hits, Gavin and CMJ charts. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pumpkinhead became known as a battle Champion, holding two “Braggin Rites” Championships, winning several End of the Weak (EODub) Challenges and coming in first or second in numerous other battles and contests. During this time, he rocked many performances and destroyed countless opponents in freestyle street battles with ThePLAGUE, a crew of MC’s that he still records and performs with to this day.

PH also formed a group with Mr. Metaphor, Block McLoud, Will Tell & I.C.ON called “Brooklyn Academy”. They released a classic single called “Con Artists”, which charted on radio before the label folded. The group pursued individual careers before reuniting years later to drop the classic Brooklyn Academy album “Bored of Education” in 2008.

Over the years, PH has toured and traveled to Japan, Australia (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne), Sweden, Amsterdam, Canada and over 40 U.S. states. He has opened up for the likes of the rock group Goo Goo Dolls on the Lyricist Lounge Technology Tour, Bootcamp Click on the lyricists Lounge Tour, Kanye West, Ghostface, Big Daddy Kane, The Lost Boys, Tony Touch, Jedi Mind Tricks, to name a few and has also headlined his own shows all over the United States.

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As Pumpkinhead, PH has released his debut album “The Old Testament”, the E.P. “A Beautiful Mind” and his sophmore album “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn”. He has produced several mixtapes, including “Kill Music vol.1″, “Time Chronicles” Vol.1 & 2 . “Border Blockers” released in Canada, “Power Man & Iron Fist” with Cy Marshall Law, and “Picture That: The Negative”.

In 2011, the MC shortened his name, preferring to go by the initials that most of his friends referred to him as, “PH”, and dropped another classic album, KNOW THE LEDGE,  on MCMI Records. The album did very well, lead by the single County of Kings, a Brookyn anthem featuring Sha Stimuli, Ruste Juxx, Skyzoo & label-mate LR Blitzkrieg. The album also featured notable spitters such as Nems, Poison Pen, Marv Won, Charlie Clips and Plague members GMS and Substantial.

For the next few years PH focused his time cultivating the battle scene, as host and then President of GRINDTIME EAST COAST (GTEC), until he gave that up and threw his hat in the ring, to battle once again, this time using the more modern, pre-written battle rap format. His first battle was against the top West Coast battle rapper Dizaster. PH’s victory sparked a winning streak as he battled in multiple leagues, in the US, Canada and the UK. In his passionate return to battling, he formed an alliance with like-minded MC’s, producers and battlers under the name Team Homi, which became a house-hold name in the world of battle rap.

During the next few years PH continued to record music with his label, MCMI Records and collaborated with numerous underground and up and coming artists from all over the world. He  also entered and won many notable rap contests, winning the EOW Challenge a total of 4 times and being named “NYC MVP” by legendary rapper Ludacris, in Magnum’s Live Large Rap Battle.

After taking a break from music to focus on family, PH began work on what he said would be his final album. On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 5:40am, PH passed away unexpectedly after checking into a New Jersey hospital for a minor surgery. He is survived by his wife and two sons, with a daughter on the way.

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A friend to all, he will be sorely missed by his friends, family and throughout the industry. He will be remembered for being a family man and for his many contributions to Hip Hop culture.

On Wednesday, June 10th, at 1:30am, at a rooftop gathering in mourning and celebration of Robert “PH” Diaz‘ life, the moon appeared suddenly and glowed bright orange for 30 to 40 minutes, signaling to family and friends that he is still here in spirit and shines brightly over all of us. Over a dozen people on that roof witnessed this miraculous event and took pictures and video of the Orange Moon over Brooklyn, one of which is posted here.

R.I.P. Robert Alan Diaz (1975-2015)

SALUTE the Underground King, PH!  REST IN POWER!

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Press inquiries, or to talk about Tribute Shows and other fundraising venturesPH@MCMIreport.com

Twitter & Instagram: @PH_TeamHOMI | @MCMIreport

Substantial & The Other Guys – No Turning Back [MUSIC VIDEO]

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Brought to you on HiPNOTT Records, No Turning Back, by Substantial and The Other Guys, is about ”those who continue to live in the past while Substantial looks to move forward.“ Dedicated to his friend and former producer Nujabes, and those who try to exploit his legacy, after his passing. The Past… EP is available now via all digital outlets. You can stream it on Youtube here.

STREAM / PURCHASE THE PAST… EP

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @IamSubstantial | @OtherGuysMusic | @HiPNOTT

Website: iamsubstantial.com

HighBred (Chordz & Manley): Original (We Remain) [Single + Video]


HighBred (Chordz & Manley): Original (We Remain) [Single + Video]

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Chordz Cordero and Sir Manley drop their single “Original (We Remain)“, with a fresh video shot by J’Mel Lu and edited by the group themselves. Produced by Boonie Mayfield, it is the second video to drop off of the full length project The HighBred (LP), a collaborative venture from MCMI Records, Intaphaze Records and Man@Work Productions.

Chordz (Jamaica Queens, NY) and Manley (Muskegon, MI), bring you back to a time where music was simple: good music, good lyrics, good choruses. What more could you ask for? Tired of the same topics, sounds, and lack of creativity in the industry… they’ve come together to begin a movement of new Soul + Hip Hop. This movement has been given the title “HighBred” and represents a new quality of soulful, truthful music.

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The title “HighBred” is a play on words. “High“… meaning, the quality of life, wisdom, love, and honor we strive for and seek everyday on our journey and “Bred” … meaning, a new breed of artists who live freely, and truly express themselves passionately through their art form! Together these words represent the fresh new sound that’s created when merging the styles of this collective.

The HighBred (LP) is more than just music, more than beats and rhymes … it is an album that will truly touch the lives and hearts of many.

NOW GOING FOR PRE-ORDER! Click the artwork below to pre-order the album. and get the singles How I See and Original (We Remain) immediately!

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MCMI presents: the marXman ‘DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’ [Free Download)

MCMIreport.com & MCMI Records presents:

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MCMI releases hip hop project with the MarXman and announces Fall indie tour of Western Europe.

mxm-dofp-cover-front570webThe MarXman in collaboration with MCMI releases Days of Future Past, a musical journey from the Golden Age of Hip Hop into the unknown future. 

Days of Future Past is an alternate universe, a re-imagining of hip hop reality through the eyes of a poet. The MarXman eloquently conveys the story of a displaced artist finding his own sound in the main stream of consciousness.

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The album commences with a sound byte from the classic cartoon X-men: The Animated Series, depicting an apocalyptic era following the “assassination of the90s.” All 15 tracks are written and performed by the MarXman with the exception of “Where I’ll Be” featuring King Chung and “Beautiful Struggle featuring Sheena O. Murray.

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Each song is infused with the MarXman’s lyrical experience, blending R&B melodies with memorable “golden era” instrumentation. Listeners are challenged to rethink their inner most desires in “T.P.I.R.” a sample from the game show The Price Is Right. Buckshot of Black Moon’s “I Got Cha Opin” is remixed into a tribute to the nightlife in “Me & My Crew.” “Off the Ground” and “Take A Flight” directly refer to the MarXman’s upcoming solo independent tour of Western Europe in the Fall, advocating the need to soar over your comfort zone to follow your dreams.

Days of Future Past can be found on MCMIreport.com, or downloaded directly from MCMI.BandCamp.com


For more about the MarXman’s European Tour, go to http://www.gofund.me/theMarXman.

MarXman-Bio-pic-1More about The MarXman: The MarXman is a 13 year stage performer who hit the NYC scene as a spoken word artist. In 2008 he plunged into the party scene and released his first music project the NeXt: the MiXtape in 2010. As an event planner he seeks to uplift the artistic integrity of mainstream culture, starting with New York City.

Find the MarXman on: ReverbNation | Facebook | Twitter | BandCamp | MCMIreport.com

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Keith WildChild Middleton: TRANSITIONS (3 Songs, Artwork + Tracklisting)

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Announcing … MCMI RECORDS artist Keith “WildChild” Middleton, who has been on a quest to complete this mega album of original music and Spoken Word poetry, is finally finished! The album “TRANSITIONS” is now available for Pre-Orderwith a release date set for late September! Here is cover art and track listing. You can stream 3 songs B.M.F., Supreme and FeelsGood in entirety.

Along with your Pre-order, you will get immediate download of B.M.F.Supreme and FeelsGood. The rest of the tracks will be sent to you on the official release date. The album is 16 TRACKS, all for a mere $7.00 as a “Thank you” to fans who waited so long for this music and who supported Keith’s crowd-funding campaigns! But that’s not all!! Pre-order now and get 2 BONUS SONGS, exclusively on BandCamp!

Click here to read MCMIreport.com’s exclusive INTERVIEW!

Keith WildChild Middleton: TRANSITIONS:

1. B.M.F - (immediate download w pre-order)

2. Supreme - (immediate download w pre-order)

3. That Kiss ft. Latoya Kennedy

4. Brazilian Skies ft Camille Armstrong, Nabiyah Bashir

5. Share

6. FeelsGood - (immediate download w pre-order)

7. Here I Go Again by HYDRA ft. Ace Digital

8. SupaStahh

9. Speed of Life

10. Transitions

11. Groan In Sexii

12. Ode To The Damsel I Have Distressed ft. Jonathan Hoard

13. Majestic view

14. ComeCloser Ft. Ryan Pinkston

15. Rain

16. Carpe Diem

17. Easy ft. Nuf Said (Bonus Track) *exclusively on Bandcamp

18. Just Listen ft. Mike Dominico (Bonus Track) *exclusively on Bandcamp

Be on the lookout for the B.M.F video, coming soon! And if you are in NYC on Tuesday, 8/19, come to the MCMI LISTENING PARTY, at SUTRA, with DJ EVIL DEE, DJ GMS, djFRiTZo & FINSTA, to hear exclusive tracks off TRANSITIONS and other MCMI Records music!

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