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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR, 5/15/16

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope's FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

Rapper Wordsworth of EMC pays homage to his friend PH, on the corner of 5th Ave & Robert PH Diaz Way.

The late great rapper Robert “PH” Diaz aka Pumpkinhead, who passed away less than a  year ago from gall-bladder related health problems, represented Park Slope, Brooklyn, all his life. Even when he migrated to Staten Island and New Jersey, he always claimed Park Slope as his home, often shouting out the formerly socio-economically mixed neighborhood, that in recent times has become more and more gentrified, in his music. Then in the early 2000’s PH did a mixtape series (Park Slope Rennaisance Vol. 1 & 2) and had a song called Park Slope on his Beautiful Mind EP (Third Earth Music). PH visited his hometown often, doing shows, parties and charity events at the now closed Southpaw, Voodoo Lounge and SRB (now Analog). And shortly before his ultimate departure, Robert returned to Park Slope one last time, with his two sons, to show them the block “where daddy grew up”.

So it is extremely fitting for that block on De Graw Street, between 4th & 5th Avenue, to be co-named “Robert PH Diaz Way“. And it is also fitting that this year’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in Park Slope, will include a Musical Tribute to PH aka PUMPKINHEAD, on the corner of 3rd St & 5th Avenue, beginning at 1pm. DJ GMS will play a set of PH’s best music, including songs about Park Slope. There will also be guest performances by MCMI Artists and friends, including HYDRA (Keith WildChild Middleton, GMS & LR Blitzkrieg), Chordz Cordero, the MarXman, Qaasim & Khalil Middleton, Mic Handz and Jay Lonzo. The first time Pumpkinhead, GMS, LR Blitzkrieg & Keith WildChild ever performed together was at the FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in the 90’s when they were just teenagers. The friends would go on to found the crew The Plague and later form the brand MCMI.

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz

The DJ Booth will be set up in front of The Gate on 3rd Street. The party will start off with classic dance music brought to you by Baby Loves Disco, with DJ MIKEY PALMS and Mr. Metaphor from Brooklyn Academy on the mic, from 11:30 – 1pm. The MCMI / PH Tribute set will go from 1 to 3pm, followed by DJ TOP SPEED, who will play classics honoring David Bowie, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest & Prince, until the fair is over. Classic PH albums & mixtapes, tee shirts, posters and other collectibles will be available behind the DJ booth.

So come out to Park Slope this Sunday, enjoy the fair, check out the music on the corner of 3rd Street and you can also walk down 5th Avenue and take a pic under the newly unveiled street sign on the corner of De Graw St & 5th Ave, as we continue to “Rock Rock On …”.

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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: A Tribe Called Quest Perform “Can I Kick It” On Fallon

A Tribe Called Quest Perform “Can I Kick It” On Jimmy Fallon

A Tribe Called Quest Perform for the first time since 2013

A Tribe Called Quest has been a troubled group for years, breaking up, then reuniting for a couple of shows in 2013, then breaking up again. But now that the on-again off-again Tribe are reissuing their classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, marking the 25th anniversary of the classic album, they have to make some appearances to promote the release. What better way to celebrate that to perform “Can I Kick It” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon?

Jimmy is a true Hip Hop head (go look up his “History of Rap” series on Youtube if you don’t watch he show much), so it was a fitting venue for a re-union. This is their first performance as ATCQ since 2013 and their first performance together on television in 15 years (according to FADER).

A Tribe Called Quest Perform

A Tribe Called Quest Perform on Jimmy Fallon

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Phife said that it was Q-Tip who did not want the group to continue the tour.

“I don’t agree with it and we’re doing the fans a great injustice by not getting together and rocking, and that’s all I can really speak on as far as that goes.”” – Phife told Rolling Stone

I hope they can iron out whatever reasons Q-tip put a stop to their touring in 2013 (according to Phife), when they were supposed to open for Kanye West for the entire Yeezus tour. I know they have their disagreements, but I think they are such a classic group that they could sustain their own tour, headlining and adding fellow Native Tongues artists, like De La Soul, Jungle Brothers and even smaller acts such as the Bush Babies. In fact, they could call it the “Native Tongues Tour”. That would be hot! Am I onto something here or am I just fantasizing?

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The Roots x Q-tip x Talib Kweli ‘Electric Relaxation’ [Live]

Black Thought and Talib Kweli had fun filling in for Phife in this playful love rendition of the A Tribe Called Quest classic, Electric Relaxation. Video thanks to OkayPlayer! Q-Tip’s mic cut out for a minute, but it didn’t matter, we all knew the words. For those who were upset about the mic or Phife being absent “relax yourself girl, please settle down!”  

Wordsworth – The Photo Album x Coloring Book (video)

Once again back is the incredible, rhyme animal, the incredible … Wordsworth! The Brooklyn bred MC brings us his first solo project in quite some time, “The Photo Album” and I can say it was worth the wait. The Photo album gives you that golden age 90’s feel, without sounding dated. A hefty 18 tracks long, all filled with amazing production, clever lyrics, and deep introspective songs, Wordsworth reminds the public what made him a mainstay back when he was rocking tracks on A Tribe Called Quest and BlackStar’s albums.

Check out the first video “Coloring Book” featuring Meleni Smith below then go buy the album. Support God Hip Hop!

Wordsworth will be talking with us live on MCMIradio this Friday (June 21st) Tune in and listen! Press play below to listen to the archived show.

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Roundin’ Out: A Tribe Called Quest Part 2 (video)

Pack FM

Here is the second installment of the discussion based around “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” documentary. Part II features artist/producer Masta Ace, producer Marco Polo & artist Pack FM discussing their favorite Tribe tracks as well as the possibility of a new ATCQ album being released in the near future. Shot st Pedigree Sneaker Gallery in Fort Greene Brooklyn.

* Pedigree Sneaker Gallery is located at 45 Willoughby St, between Adelphi and Clermont and is open 12 – 7pm. For info contact Asio@BrooklynPedigree.com.

Part 1 can be viewed here.
More behind the scenes pics after the jump! (more…)