MCMI REPORT: 1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

Presenting the 1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class, the Class of 2017.

We are now over 40 years emerged into the culture of Hip Hop. The fact that Jay Z just dropped his 13th album, at age 47, and it went platinum in less than a week proves that Hip Hop spans generations and is more than just a young man’s sport. In an era where there are several heavy hitting artists who have 20+ years under their belts and are still dropping new music (Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Common, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Snoop, The Lox – the list goes on), and other slightly younger artists that have been maintaining relevance (i.e. Joe Budden, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique), new artists are also breaking onto the scene at later ages than they used to. Not that there isn’t room for younger artists like Joey BadA$$ or Chance the Rapper, but it seems Hip Hop and its audience has matured and diversified to the extent that there are no longer any “rules” regarding style, genre, gender and yes, even age.

1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

That being said, the MCees featured in the first VitalGroundz Senior Class are not ancient, it’s just that VitalGroundz doesn’t feel the requirements for being a “hot new artist” includes being a teenager, nor should it be based on social media stats, or other superficial measurements that don’t really have anything to do with whether or not a song or an artist is “good Hip Hop music“. Instead, VitalGroundz looks at lyrics, content, wordplay, skill, pure readiness and unique style. One perfect example of this is MCMI’s own LR Blitzkrieg, who is one of this year’s 10 featured MCees, who has put in several guest appearances over the years and is known on the NY underground Hip Hop scene, but is just about to drop his debut solo project, “OuttaNowhere“, in the next few months.

Rather than celebrate the next batch of “Freshman“, VitalGroundz has created a lane for artists who have been honing their skills for some years on the underground, or paying dues in other ways, while developing craft, that are now ready to burst upon the scene.

You can check out the other 9 featured artists from this years Senior Class on VitalGroundz’ Youtube Channel, which you can subscribe to here.

So what do you think? Do you like VitalGroundz’ new platform for emerging artists? Are the MCees in the Class of 2017 dope? Which one killed it the most? Is this the antidote to BET ciphers filled with the latest crop of mumble rappers? Do you or someone you know have what it takes to be featured next year?

For more infowww.vitalgroundz.com | info@vitalgroundz.com

1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI on everything – Friend on FBIGTW, SC)

LR Blitzkrieg (@LR_Blitzkrieg on everything– Friend on IGTWSC)

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

In case you haven’t been fortunate enough to catch Substantial live on THE SUBWAY TOUR, we know fans of Substantial, Nujabes and Deckstream would appreciate this tribute Sub and his BOP ALLOY partner Marcus D performed, in Paris last Spring, filmed at Le Pop-Up du Label by Kahlex. The BOP ALLOY duo closed their set with a tribute to Substantial’s late producers, Nujabes and DJ Deckstream, performing classics such as Home Sweet HomeHikari and Blessing It.

The DMV MC is currently on back in the States on the West Coast. Check his remaining tour dates below.

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

THE SUB WAY TOUR (WEST COAST)

07.03.2017  Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp TICKETS | INFO
07.06.2017  SF Bay Area, CA @ Bottom of the Hill TICKETS | INFO
07.08.2017  Seattle, WA @ Everyday Music TICKETS | INFO
07.09.2017  Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Back Bar TICKETS | INFO
07.11.2017  San Diego, CA @ Kava Lounge TICKETS | INFO
07.12.2017  Los Angeles, CA @ Union TICKETS | INFO
07.14.2017  SF Bay Area, CA @ 924 Gilman TICKETS | INFO

We also want to mention that his latest solo release THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE FUTURE is now available on vinyl, as well as other formats.

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

AMAZON | BANDCAMP | FATBEATS | iTUNES | SPOTIFY | UGHH

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI on everything – Friend on FB, IG, TW, SC)

Substantial: Nujabes & DJ Deckstream Tribute (Paris) + Tour Dates

PACKFM: LEGENDARY – Prod UG (Cella Dwellas) [Music Video]

PACKFM: LEGENDARY – Prod UG (Cella Dwellas) [Music Video]


PACKFM: LEGENDARY - Prod x UG (P9D) of Cella Dwellas [Music Video]

It’s been a few years since PACKFM has dropped any new music. The last thing I can recall is the single “Want What’s Mine” in 2011 and then the DOMINION meets HYDRA track “TWELVE“, which dropped 12/12/12. After that, there was the promise of “The Human Highlight Reel” coming in 2012 … … never happened. Well, this is not that, but it is a brand new song, with a video. It’s not from a specific project. It’s a Birthday present to his fans and to himself. See Pack is doing a 40th Birthday Party performance at DROM NYC tonight and so it was a perfect time for the QN5 MC to remind the world that he does this.

Produced by UG P9D (from CellaDwellas), recorded and mixed at Stonebrown Studios, the joint will definitely nod your head. It makes you want to rhyme, which is exactly why Pack returned after his long hiatus.

This track is a result of me just wanting to rhyme. Period. I don’t care about “views” or “likes” or blog posts, because none of those things have anything to do with how we as MC’s put words together. To me that is what makes what we do art. – PACKFM

Pack actually had this entire video shot by his wife using his phone, directed and edited it himself. If you want to catch him in a rare live performance, come to his 40th Birthday Celebration, tonight at Drom. These shows only come once a year. There will be a few surprise guests from MCMI, The Plague, Team Homi and UGHH in the building.

PackFM’s 40th Birthday Celebration June 16th – 8pm – 10:30pm DROM NYC

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PACKFM: LEGENDARY – Prod UG (Cella Dwellas) [Music Video]

Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – NPR Tiny Desk Submission [Video]

Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – [NPR Tiny Desk Submission Video]

Substantial: Black Of All Trades points to the fact that there many Black Americans go unrecognized for their numerous talents and achievements. Take Substantial for example, he raps, yes, but he also is a visual artist, both with pencils and brushes and as a graphic artist with the computer. He is also an educator and an A&R at his label. And he does all of those things WELL! Black of All Trades.

In the single’s liner notes on BandCamp, Substantial includes a quote from Hill Harper, an American film, television and stage actor, and author, who says

“I believe we all have the capacity to be masters of many things, and there’s nothing that we can’t do. You can be a great actor and also be a great writer. There’s so many things that all of us have the capacity to do. But somehow, life tries to convince us that we’d be lucky to do even one thing well, and I disagree.” ― Hill Harper

The video, featuring DJ JAV is a submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest. It was filmed and edited by CAMCAMTV, at Substantial’s desk at Oxon Hill Middle School where he works with 12 to 14 year olds as a Student Advocate and teaches music production afterschool.

The song, produced by THE OTHER GUYS, is off the recently released LP, THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE FUTUREavailable on COMPACT DISC, & CASSETTE as well as digital download from

iTUNES | BANDCAMP | SPOTIFY | GOOGLE | AMAZON

Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2)Substantial: Black Of All Trades (V2) – [NPR Tiny Desk Submission Video]

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH & MIC HANDZ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY – TUESDAY Feb 7th @CieloNYC

Join us Tuesday, February 7th, at Cielo (NYC) for a combined AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH for MIC HANDZ, LR BLITZKRIEG & GMS, plus the Album Release Party for 

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH & MIC HANDZ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY for …

“HELL ON MY BACK: HEAVEN IN MY WAKE”

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH

Sounds will be provided by EASY MO BEE, resident DJ TONY TOUCH & special guest DJ NINA AZUCAR! Starting at 10pm will be a special Listening Party for MIC HANDZ’ album for VIP’s & ALL MEDIA! Hit Handz on his Facebook page for more info.

+LIVE PERFORMANCES by

MIC HANDZ, LR BLITZKRIEG & GMS

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH

Broadcast on INDASTREETS TV & DOGGIE DIAMONDS TV

Additional Birthday celebrations for Big D & Miss Knockout!

Produced by Tony Touch, Danny Castro & Voodoo Ray

hosted by Big Jeff, Becky Nunez and all the Birthday boys & girls

Live Streaming on BREAL.TV

CIELO: 18 Little West 12th St. New York, NY 10014
General admission $20.00
Email MCMIreport@gmail dot com for $10 guestlist! (#MCMI List)

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY BASH & MIC HANDZ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY