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MCMI REPORT: Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz - No Way in Hell (Album)

Last week MCMI’s LR Blitzkrieg, Keith “Wildchild” Middleton, GMS and MrMecc attended an advance listening party for Seed X Nottz – No Way in Hell featuring the Bad Seed and produced by Nottz, atIMI Studios in Manhattan. The project brings the BK-VA duo of Seed & Nottz back together again, giving you another dose of the hypnotic hip hop serum they concocted years ago with songs like For the Kids, Uhhnnh, Would You Luh Me. The pair sounded great together back in the day, but then went their separate ways for quite awhile. Both released a plethora of songs with other artists and 20 years later Seed announced that he was going to retire as an MC.

But before retiring Seed dropped his “final” album Coreyography, featuring one joint produced by Nottz, Belt Off (Official Video). I’m sure if someone asked if he would drop another album he answered “No way in hell,” but the song knocked so hard that it inspired the two to talk about possibly, just maybe, recording another project together.

Fast forward and we are sitting in a room listening to No Way In Hell. The room is filled more with friends, family and real MCees than Industry, which is fitting, because if you know Seed or Nottz, there is nothing industry or contrived about either of them. As Seed and his daughter Boopy hosted the event, playing some tracks twice at our request, one thing was incredibly clear: this project was definitely worth the wait.

The concept is that the album is narrated by a female disc jockey broadcasting over W-HELL 66.6FM radio. Seed tells us he was inspired by the way the cult classic gang movie WARRIORS was narrated.

No Way In Hell starts off with the politically charged lead single “The Devil’s In The White House.”

Then there’s the “Belt Off Remix”, featuring Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah) and NapsNdreds. As Seed tells it, Rock was originally set to appear on “The Devil,” but it just felt right to have him on the revamped “Belt Off.”

“I decided it would be doper to hear him on there due to the subject matter,” Seed says. “As a fan, I wanted to hear Rock take his belt off and whoop some ass. And as far as Naps goes, dude’s my new favorite rapper. Period.”

Other standouts include the relationship drama of “Pretty Little Liar” featuring Tiye Phoenix, the super-funky “Yellow Lights” featuring Sauce Money, and the verbal middle finger Bad Mood.” And when put together, they form one of the year’s best rap releases. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 20 years for these two to drop another project.

No Way in Hell which also boasts guests appearances from Sauce Money and DJ Total Eclipse (X-Ecutioners), is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms via Crisis Center Collective!

If you are in NYC you can attend the NO WAY IN HELL Album Release Party tonight at The Delancey, part of the Rock Da House series, presented by Doc Ahk, Mic Handz and DJ Toshi. The line up is sick, admission is free and there’s drink specials early.

Seed x Nottz - No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

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]

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon - Vernia (Official Trailer)

The Funk Lord, Erick Sermon, releases the official trailer to his soon to be released album, Vernia. The album boasts features from AZ, Styles P, Big Krit, Malice, Too Short, Xzibit, K Solo and more.

With countless classics, hit songs, gold and platinum albums, Erick Sermon and EPMD are legends in the game, laying down the foundation for groups, solo artists, crews and labels. Are you anticipating this new solo project from the “Green Eyed Bandit”?

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MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMIreport: Loopin’ (Lupin) produced by Substantial [Free Download]

MCMIreport: Loopin’ (Lupin) produced by Substantial [Free Download]

MCMIreport: Loopin' (Lupin) produced by Substantial [Free Download]


New music from the homie SubstantialLoopin'(Lupin) a jazz infused instrumental break with all of the intrigue and adventure found in the classic anime Lupin the Third, which Substantial sampled to create this track. This is a dope instrumental track you can listen to at work, in the car or anywhere to get teh creative juices flowin’. And its FREE! Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD NOW for free on Bandcamp.

Substantial gives a little background on the track saying “The homie DJ AAROCK originally made a beat using the sample but overtime lost the files. I asked him to send me the original sample so I could flip an updated version and add some more flavor to it.

MCMIreport: Loopin' (Lupin) produced by Substantial [Free Download]

MCMIreport: Loopin’ (Lupin) produced by Substantial [Free Download]