MCMI Report: Jay Lonzo – Live! From Brooklyn (Official Music Video) #MCMI


MCMI Report: Jay Lonzo – Live! From Brooklyn (Official Music Video) #MCMI – Newcomer Jay Lonzo drops a couple of introductory verses over a Statik Selectah/Mac Miller/ Terminology track. I have to put the MCMI stamp of approval on this one. Full disclosure: Jay Lonzo is the son of a friend of mine. I helped him record his first freestyle for Soundcloud not too long ago. He has tremendous talent. His songwriting is excellent as well. Hooks, concepts, storylines, not what you expect from a 15 year old. I told him to keep honing his skills, keep the right team around him and in a year or two he would be a beast.

MCMI Report: Jay Lonzo - Live! From Brooklyn

Well, Jay is not trying to wait that long! In only a few months he crafted this banger, recorded it with the help of the homie Marc Bars (aka Mr. Metaphor from Brooklyn Academy), got with his team of like-minded individuals and shot this video. AmbrosiaForHeads has already branded him “the next great Brooklyn MC” and says

“One listen to his song, “Live! From Brooklyn,” … reveals an artist who sounds like he’s put in years of work”

Well, although he is young, Lonzo actually has put in years of work. Work writing in the pad, listening to the greats, learning from his pops, (who rhymes and sings himself, but keeps it on the low), working with MC’s, producers, photographers and video directors and getting knowledge from everywhere he can. That’s how he can drop gems like

How come, ain’t no MC’s like Malcom, Practice what you preach ain’t preachin’ inside ya albums?”

and

“Just because you post up with a vest doesn’t mean that you’re iron proof.”

On the set of his video, directed, shot and edited by by Jay, Ezru and Kodagenic, I saw that he had assembled a formidable team, friends his age, (The Goodz Productions, J Da Liberator, Fresh The Prophet) who are positive, creative and about their business. It was great to see Mom and Dad there encouraging Jay to follow his dreams. I think a strong foundation of family will help this promising MC stay grounded, avoiding the common pitfalls of the streets and the music industry.

From the sound of what he’s spittin’ in this video, I’d say the wait is over – Jay Lonzo has arrived! You can expect a lot of heat from this kid. You can quote me on that.

- GMS

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MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LP [Full Album]

MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LP
MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LP

The “HighBred” consists of two MC’s, Chordz Cordero (Jamaica Queens, NY) and Sir Manley (Muskegon, MI). The HighBred LP is their first project presented to the world, a joint effort from Intaphaze Records, Man@Work Productions and MCMI Records. The LP brings you back to a time where music was simple: good music, good lyrics, good choruses. What more could you ask for?

MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LP

Sir Manley (left) & Chordz Cordero (right) are “HighBred”

The best way to describe the album is Soul + Hip-Hop, something the group likes to call “Soul Hop. On it, Sir Manley and Chordz Cordero trade verses, while Chordz and a few guest artists sing beautifully on the hooks. The beats and music, provided by Boonie Mayfield are soulful Boom Bap, while the lyrical content can be described as truthful and poetic, yet still gritty and hardcore, and at times spiritual or soul searching, as the duo explore topics such as life, love and the struggle to remain original, in an era of clones.

Besides Chordz, Manley and Boonie Mayfield, the album is blessed with supporting artists who really add something to the project, such as Zo’ Kimoni, Venson Dix, Passionate Poet, Che’ V, Mickey Wallace, Trademark Massey and J’Mel Lu, the last of whom also did all the editing for their two videos thus far, How I See It, Original (We Remain) and is working on The Ride ft. Zo’ Kimoni, which is set to drop next. With three teams behind the project, Intaphaze, Man@Work and MCMI, the HighBred LP is gathering considerable buzz.

MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LPThe song 3rd Stone Blues also offers a welcome visit from the late great PH aka Pumpkinhead. This song is just a sample of previously unreleased material that will be released on MCMI Records in the coming year from the legendary MC, Plague co-founder and former President of A&R at MCMI Records, who was actually responsible for bringing the label in on this project, right before his tragic passing.

 

The HighBred LP is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, can be found on Spotify, Shazaam and all digital outlets. CD’s will be available soon.

MCMI RECORDS: Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley present The HighBred LP

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MCMI Report: NIKMOODY – “Ms. Anne Thrope” Ft. Luke DiCola (Official Music Video)

MCMI Report: NIKMOODY – “Ms. Anne Thrope” Ft. Luke DiCola (Official Music Video)

MCMI Report: NIKMOODY - "Ms. Anne Thrope" Ft. Luke DiCola 

Over 10 years ago I worked as a Music Teacher / Band Director / Chorus Director at a school in Canarsie, PS 276. While I worked there I made lasting friendships with several of the teachers. One, “Ms. Kelly” had a nephew who was just a little boy at the time.

Well, that young man grew up and started putting out music. Knowing that I am into Hip Hop, she sent me a couple of his songs and videos. I listened to them, because his aunt is my friend. But you know what? He’s very good! The kid can rap, write hooks, pick beats, write songs – I’m feeling his music. So I thought I’d throw up his latest video and see what you guys think.

MCMI Report: NIKMOODY - "Ms. Anne Thrope" Ft. Luke DiCola

One thing I like about the kid, he is not bragging and boasting, he is telling his story and that is a major part of hip hop, telling the truth, expressing your reality, not trying to be like anyone else and doing so in style.

The song, “Ms. Anne Thrope” Ft. Luke DiCola, was produced by Eldar-Q. The video was shot, directed, edited by Tefe Bell, starring Crystal Nicole & Luke DiCola.  The animation was done by Tim Ballard. Let me know what you think of the video. I think this kid has a career on his hands.

- GMS (IG: @GMS_MCMI TW: @GMS_MCMI FB: ItsGMS)

MCMI Report: NIKMOODY - "Ms. Anne Thrope" Ft. Luke DiCola

MCMI Report: NIKMOODY – “Ms. Anne Thrope” Ft. Luke DiCola (Official Music Video)

MCMI Report: Sean Price Skate Video feat. Rob Campbell

MCMI Report: Sean Price Skate Video feat. Rob Campbell

MCMI Report: Sean Price Skate Video feat. Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell, of New Breed Skateboards, takes the Sean Price skate deck for a ride in NYC. As much as I love the skate board and the video, it just makes me miss the big homie more, because I wish so badly that I was watching him saying the rhymes, but we can’t bring him back. The music lives on and will forever, as will our love and memories of Sean Price aka Ruk aka Sean P!

As half of Heltah Skeltah, 1/8 of the Boot Camp Clik, and with a successful solo career in his own right, Sean Price (Brooklyn, NY) had a cult-like following, releasing critically acclaimed projects such as ‘Monkey Barz,’ ‘Jesus Price Supastar,’ and ‘Mic Tyson.’

Sadly, just two weeks before the scheduled release of Songs In The Key Of Price, Sean Price passed away in his Brooklyn apartment. The entire music community has since been grieving his untimely death, though the release of this 30-track mixtape offers an opportunity for fans and friends alike to celebrate the life and career of the storied MC.

MCMI Report: Sean Price Skate Video feat. Rob Campbell

If you haven’t copped his newest release yet, here it is:
Songs In The Key of Pricemixtape
CD at FatBeats

Purchase the Sean Price skate deck

- GMS

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MCMI Report: Sean Price Skate Video feat. Rob Campbell

MCMI REPORT: KRS-ONE – Now Hear This [Stream Album Free]

MCMI REPORT: KRS-ONE – Now Hear This [Stream Album Free]OkayPlayer posted this two days ago, but I had to help spread the word. KRS is back with a new album and yes – he is tryna’ kick knowledge! You can Stream KRS-One’s Entire Album ‘Now Hear This’ right here!

The album boasts 18 tracks (well, the last one was given to his wife G Simone), several of which have potential to get lots of ‘underground airplay’ (shout out to the Lyricist Lounge).

My personal favorites are the song Drugs Won, about the failure of the “war on drugs” and the how conflicted we are as a nation, with some states having marijuana dispensaries and others locking people up for couple joints, and the song American Flag, which points out that the Confederate Flag was bad, but um, the American Flag was flown when Americans captured and sold slaves, and did all sorts of other unjust, despicable things. So were the flags of Spain and Germany and England and every country that has a flag. So take them all down, I guess, is the Blastmaster’s message.

MCMI REPORT: KRS-ONE - Now Hear This [Stream Album Free]

I have to admit, Kris is still coming up with original ideas, new styles and concepts, like the track Soundman, which is actually dedicated to the soundman – the engineers at your show who keep the levels straight and allow your music to thump. Check out this teaser video of the song.

He also has a track where he raps the whole song over only a live guitar strumming chords, no beat at all. Let’s Go and Invaders are good tracks too. The Teacha is at his best when he has a message, which is pretty much throughout this whole album.

Stream it right here for free, skip through and see if you agree with my favorite tracks. If you like what you hear, you know how to show love – cha-ching!

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MCMI REPORT: KRS-ONE – Now Hear This [Stream Album Free]