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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq – Men of Respect ft Pumpkinhead, Torae, 8thW1

Shabaam Sahdeeq

Shabaam Sahdeeq’s new album Modern Artillery drops next Tuesday, October 13th! Shabaam is laying out all the stops with this release – graphic art, videos, Limitted cassette tape edition, a future vinyl pressing in the works, heavy hitting features (Torae, Ruste juxx, PH, Reef tha Lost Cause & more), with one producer – Big Ape – keeping the whole project cohesive.

I am looking forward to the rest of the album, but for now … this joint right here? … Shabaam Sahdeeq – Men of Respect is a really dope record. Sahdeeq’s flow is fresh and invigorated, like he is a new artist just coming out (can you believe this dude was on Rawkus Records Soundbombing? Then again, so were Eminem, Mos Def and Talib Kweli and they are not slowing down either). Big Ape’s production is crazy, heads will nod, no question and then you have Torae, 8thW1 (who I am unfamiliar with, but am feeling the verse) and from beyond the grave, the Underground King, Pumpkinhead aka PH.

I think I’ve said enough. You know what to do – hit play, feel the joint and get ready for the full project, Tuesday. After you check the single, peep the promo video, complete with animation style artwork of the features on the album.

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @ShabaamSahdeeq

MCMI REPORT: Phantasm (Cella Dwellas) – Shed No Tears (Official Video)


Since the days of the Lyricist Lounge, when the Cella Dwellas were the hot up and coming group that we loved to hear freestyle on the radio, perform onstage and spit in the cyphers, I have admired the originality of these brothers U.G. and Phantasm (pka The Tallman). Their style was something new brought to the game and while there were some imitators, no one was ever able to duplicate their mixture of Realms & Reality (the name of their 1996 Debut album on LOUD Records). Since then, they have changed the group name to The Dwellas and also have put out solo work.

This time up to bat is Phantasm, taking on a subject that touches dear to my heart, the reality that all men must die and asking his friends and family to Shed No Tears when it is his time to go.

After the deaths of two comrades in the music industry, Pumpkinhead & Sean Price, the lyrical vet was inspired to write on this topic, thinking about his own mortality. Directed by Olise Forel for Moving Silence, the visuals are moving and as a friend of both PH and Sean Price (who the video is dedicated to), I was moved to tears, despite the title.

Glad to see this veteran spitter putting in work, telling the true stories that need to be told. This is real Hip Hop at its finest.

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @Phatasm | @celladwellas | @moving_silence | @OliseForel

Sadat X & Will Tell – How To Open A Bottle of Champagne With A Saber (TWC – Season 5 Ep-5)

True Wine Connoisseurs

TRUE WINE CONNOISSEURS – Season 5 – Episode 5

Wow, when Will Tell and Sadat X first got together to do a True Wine Connoisseurs video for Youtube, I bet you they never thought they would get so many views, eventually create their own brand of wine, which does extremely well by the way (it is always sold out whenever I try to get some).

Millions of views and 5 Seasons later, True Wine Connoisseurs is still entertaining as hell to watch! Sadat X is a funny dude. He also has a fly way of speaking which is part of what makes his records so special. Whether with Brand Nubian or on his own solo material, the Wild Cowboy has a way with words that is truly original, can’t be duplicated (no Bronson) and is instantly recognizable.

TWC laughing

What I didn’t know was that Sadat X has an affinity for Chinese sabers, just like me (I have 2 of them, about to cop two more, but that’s a story for another day). When I saw the youtube video I did a double take – was Sadat X holding a saber? What the –? Was he about to do Kung Fu? I had to see what was going on. Well, it turns out the video shows us how to open up a bottle of Champagne with a saber. Why? Because its some fly sh*t, that’s why!

TWC wine“What’s a better way to open it for your lady, than like that?” Sadat asks, after his Wine bottle chopping “Sifu” Sean Cummings (Head Sommelier at Nice Matin NYC), deftly slices off the top of a champagne bottle with the sword. “If somethin’ don’t happen that night, then your whole game is off.” he jokes, before trying the move himself.

Just to be clear, this is not a method of removing the cork from the bottle. It actually chops off the top of the neck of the bottle, cork, glass and all, in one clean motion. You can then pour your glasses of Champagne, but do NOT try to drink form the bottle. You will cut your lips.

Like they say “Kids, don’t try this at home,” but if you are adults … yeah you can go ahead and try it – at your own risk of course –  if you happen to have a Chinese saber lying around, heh heh.

Okay, it wouldn’t be right to blog about Sadat X and not let you hear some of what made him famous in the first place so here, take a listen to his freestyle on Sway in the Morning from 2012. This man is an MC’s MC. A street poet. To this day. Salute!

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @SadatX | @SeanSommNYC | @TilliamWell

Masta Ace and Rasco join DJ Create on ‘Let’s Go EP’ (Remixes by DJ Devastate & Koolade)


Masta Ace and Rasco join DJ Create on ‘Let’s Go EP’, with remixes by DJ Devastate and Koolade. At first I didn’t know what to think of this project – was it really an EP, or a single with a b-side? I mean, back in the day, this would have been a typical A-Side / B-Side vinyl single, with different versions of each song, and instrumentals and ‘a cappellas‘. Nowadays of course, with digital music such as downloadable MP3′s and CD’s there really aren’t two sides anymore. But then I clicked on the link to check it out and what to call it didn’t matter to me, it was just dope Hip Hop music.


The project consists of two songs produced by DJ Create, one featuring Brownsville native Masta Ace of the legendary Juice Crew and current rap group EMC, the other featuring Rasco, from San Fransico, who is half of Cali Agents (with Planet Asia). The original production by DJ Create is hot, but there are remixes of each song as well, equally flavor, by DJ Devestate who remixed ‘Let’s Go‘ featuring Ace, and Koolade, who redid ‘Let ‘Em Know‘ featuring Rasco. Like I said, both original versions plus the remixes are equally tight. I enjoyed every track. Which producer killed which joint harder will be a matter of opinion, but it is all worth listening to, so click the link and check it out for yourself.

Jonas Hilmersson created the artwork. Threshold Recordings partnered with Elite Fleet Records, to bring you the EP and both mixes of ‘Let’s Go’ are available on 7-inch yellow vinyl at UGHH, in limited quantities.


You can stream the tracks for free at AudioMack and SoundCloud, but I’m pretty sure you are going to want the instrumentals and aca’s for freestyles and remixes, and for that you have to support the project at  SpotifyAmazonGoogle PlayTidal or UGHH (Vinyl)Drop a comment and let me know which song or beat is the best out of the four.

TW@GMS_MCMI  @MCMIreport | @MastaAce @SoleFatherRasco
@DJDevastate | @KooladeKoolade

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Ike P Da God
In loving memory of our brothers J. Arch (1976 – 2014), Robert “PH” Diaz (1975 – 2015), Sean Price (1972 – 2015) and Moe Clevah (1974 – 2010), Team Homi’s Ike P dropped this hot verse from “LOOK NO FURTHER” a joint produced by Rob Dinero and featuring Swave Sevah and PStacks, but its just a teaser. though We will have to wait for Swave and Stacks’ verses. Ike’ s verse and the  video are tight though, leaving us in anticipation of the Album, “BLACKIN” set to drop November 29th, 2015. The video was directed by LOTTAZAY. Already a household name in Battle Rap, Team Homi is making moves into the music industry this year, pulling no punches.


Twitter & IG: @GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @Ike_p_the_god

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