IN HONOR OF PH: EOW MC CHALLENGE – SUN JUNE 14th 8pm-12am, NYC

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This event tonight will be in honor of our fallen comrade ‪#‎PH‬. Five of us will be performing PH’s part in the EOW MC Challenge in his place. ‪#‎EOW, which stands for End of the Weak‬, is more than just the longest running weekly open mic in NYC (and around the world), it is a time honored tradition, where MC’s sharpen their skills in competition. It is not a battle against each other, but more like a battle against oneself, against the clock and against the beats. ‪#‎RobertDiaz‬ always supported, promoted and participated in this Challenge, as it represented apart of what it meant to be a real MC. #MCMIForever

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100% of the proceeds will be donated to PH aka Robert Diaz’ family. Click the flyer to join the discussion on Facebook and come through tonight. #‎RIPPH

Stay blessed. ‪

- GMS

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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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Jarren Benton revists loss in powerful “Silence” [video]

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Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton revisits his Slow Motion EP with the Jesse Ray Diamond-directed video for the projects closing track, “Silence.”  Produced by Kato, the personal track features a solemn hook by Sareena Dominguez as a dedication to Benton’s friend/manager Jahmal “Slow Motion” Pryor who passed away in 2013.

In January, the 2014 XXL Freshman class “People’s Choice” winner released the eight-track Slow Motion EP which featured appearances from Jon Connor¡Mayday!Rock CitySy Ari Da KidHemiSareena Dominguez and Funk Volume family HopsinDizzy Wright and SwizZz.

Slow Motion is available for download at http://flyt.it/SlowMotion or via hard copy at http://myfunkvolume.com.

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New Music: Slum Village f/ De La Soul “Right Back” (Produced By J Dilla)

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Slum Village will release their new album, YES!, on 6-16-2015 and will also be headed out on tour with the Soul Brother #1 (Pete Rock) for eight dates in June (tour dates are listed below).

Still riding the wave from their new smash single “Expressive” f/ BJ The Chicago Kid & Illa J, yesterday, Pitchfork premiered one of the more anticipated tracks (and another J Dilla banger), “Right Back,” featuring De La Soul from Slum Village’s forthcoming Yes! album.

Yes! features guest appearances and production from De La Soul, Jon Connor, Phife, Dilla, Black Milk, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bilal, Illa J & J Ivy. 

You can now pre-order Slum Village’s YES! At iTunes: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id985723227?mt=1

Official Tracklisting & Credits for Slum Village’s YES! (after the jump)

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Supastition’s new album: “Gold Standard”

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Supastition releases his new album, ‘Gold Standard,’ via Reform School Music/World Expo Records on Digital and CD. With countless artists claiming to be the “best” without having a catalog to back their words, Supa speaks powerful words with the content to back him up. Guest features include Kenn StarrBoog Brown, and Soundsci with production from PraiseMoSSCroup, and a few others. Supastition is currently performing on a 50+ city U.S. tour with Blueprint to promote the ‘Gold Standard‘ release.

01. Gold Standard (Prod. by Praise)
02. Flawless (Prod. by Praise)
03. Know My Worth ft Boog Brown (Prod. by Praise)
04. In-Crowd ft Kenn Starr (Prod. by Rik Marvel)
05. Black Bodies (Prod. by Praise)
06. The Day After (Prod. by Veterano)
07. End of Forever ft Audessey and Octavio N. Santos (Prod. by Croup)
08. Song for the Mrs (Prod. by Praise)
09. Unorthodox (Prod. by MoSS)
10. Changing of the Gods ft Soundsci (Prod. by Jonny Cuba)

Supastition’s new album: “Gold Standard”

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