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MCMI REPORT: Tonedeff’s Long Awaited ‘POLYMER’ Drops Today

Tonedeff's Long Awaited 'POLYMER' Drops Today
“Use Me”, first video off of POLYMER, by Tonedeff.

Tonedeff’s Long Awaited ‘POLYMER’ Drops Today

Part 4 of the Polymer Series released by Tonedeff on QN5 Music, Phantom, dropped today, along with the complete ‘POLYMER‘ album in it’s entirety. ’POLYMER’ is the best of the prior 3 EPs (Glutton, Demon & Hunter) + all of Phantom which ties it all together.

Sound confusing? According to the man himself, Tonedeff says:

The EPs are their own experiences. Polymer is the culmination, a self-contained unit built on the bones of the EPs. Phantom is the soul of the record.

On top of that, QN5 released the first video off the album Use Me, which is the first Tonedeff video in 13 years, last month. Directed by Norway’s Daniel McStay, Use Me features intricate shadow puppets, a Fincher-esque atmosphere and rope work with a free-fall drop that had to be reset multiple times to get the shot.

There are multiple packages for sale, including enhanced CD’s, Limitted edition Vinyl, coffee table books of album art and other goodies. Need more explanation than that? Read the Full Interview below.

Tonedeff's Long Awaited 'POLYMER' Drops Today

Interviewer: Graeme “GMS” Sibirsky
Subject: Tonedeff

‘POLYMER’ comes out with the last installment of the 4 part series. Explain a little about how that worked, what each part is and how they fit together.
I broke the album into 4 EPs, each with it’s own style and theme, each tied to a different portion of my personality. Glutton was about addiction and excess, Demon was about anxiety and stress, Hunter was about delusion and competitive nature and Phantom is about love, family and self-sabotage. All of them come together to create a complete picture of one person – in this case, myself.

How do the 4 EP’s differ musically?
Musically, each part reaches different areas. A big motivating factor for this album was to show my full range of versatility as a multimedia artist and musician, so it was important to push myself into new terrain, sonically. Glutton was rooted in EDM, Demon was based on trap tempos, Hunter was synth-based boom-bap and Phantom was inspired by shoegaze and dreampop. Hearing it all together paints a solid representation of how all of my tastes combined forged something new through this LP.

You just dropped this new video, Use Me, which has you hanging by ropes like a marionette. That was crazy. How was it filming that?
It was actually pretty painful. It was super low-budget, so we used an extremely unsafe set up, where 4 people were literally pulling manilla ropes by hand to make me hover. We found a spot with an aerialist team in Bushwick that had the know how to make it happen and they were amazing. Still, I had rope rashes for weeks as well as a bruised groin. It hurt like a muffucka, but was worth it.

I have so much more appreciation for that video now! I would have been fine with everything except the rope around the neck. Do you know how much your music would be worth if you had died in an accident? Lol.
Word! Trust me… I was conscious of the risk the whole time. But as they say … feel the fear and do it anyway.


MCMI REPORT: Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

After a brief hiatus from rap to work on some films and a web series, Corey Pierson, aka Bad Seed is back with what he calls one final album. Inspired by the loss of his close friend and crew member Robert PH Diaz last year, Seed decided to toss his hat int he ring one last time. This time it’s personal. Executive produced by PH, Bad Seed brings you COREYOGRAPHY.

The first single off the album is BELT OFF, produced by NOTTZ, for which a video will be dropping shortly. If that track is any indication, fans are not going to be disappointed by this new album. With beats by NottzMarco Polo, Will Tell and other dope producers, this is definitely one of his finest works.

After listening to an advance copy of the album, I have to say one of my personal favorite tracks is Are They OK, produced by Tone Jonez, about losing so many of our favorite artists recently, from Prince to Phife, and wondering about Sade, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan and other musical treasures. ‘Keep Bouncin‘, produced by Dr, No, is a tight ‘down the line‘ track, with Seed, Mic Handz and Mims, spittin’ bars over a hot beat.

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Then there are concept songs ‘Django Unfiltered, about feeling like a slave to our 9 to 5, F*ck Cancer, about losing loved ones to the cursed disease. All in all it is a very well rounded album, giving us just the right balance meaningful content and hard beats and rhymes. At first because of the title, ‘Coreyography’, I thought it would be more autobiographical, but I see now, it actually touches on different things that Seed feels strongly about, different sides of Corey.

In the song ’5 Minutes’, Seed airs out his feelings about the old Makin’ Records crew, which had differences and went their separate ways long ago. He references “307″, meaning 307 Clinton, which was the old Makin’ headquarters, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Half way through the song, the beat changes and the late great PH drops some poignant lyrics, mentioning Makin’ Records and his transition to partner in MCMI Records, years later.

The album drops July 8th, on all digital outlets…iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazonall the usual suspects. The single is available on those outlets as well.

Check out the interview below.





The Bad Seed first leapt on the scene in the late 90′s as part of Makin’ Records roster, (which included the late great Pumpkinhead #ripPH). He released a few underground singles solo and with O.B.S (Seed, PH, Magnum P), with guest appearances by Jean Grae and others, but it was after he put out the phenomenal records he did with the producer NOTTZ, that Bad Seed started to garner acclaim and recognition as a major part of the East Coast Hip Hop movement. Those first few records included “Uhhnnh,” “Would You Luh Me?” and “For The Kids.”

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With placements on both Funk Flex’s “The Mix Tape, Vol. IV” in 2000 and DJ Kay Slay’s “The Streetsweeper Vol. 2″ in 2004, Seed continued to put out self-produced mixtapes, drop albums on independent labels and make recordings with the Plague, all of which gained him a strong rep for quality music. When his close friend Mims made a splash with the hit record “This Is Why I’m Hot,” in 2007, Seed went on tour with him, supporting him as hype man and opening act. This is how Seed was able to release several dope independent products over the years, keeping his name out there, putting in consistently good work.

Then couple of years ago, Bad Seed, also known as Corey Pierson started acting in some online and straight to DVD movies, which he then was inspired to also write and direct. You can check out two of his film projects the Book of Job web movie and Thin Black Line (about police brutality and corruption), which actually got a theatrical release in upstate NY.

In 2015, the passing of his long time friend and former musical collaborator, PH, inspired Corey to pick up his mic once again and finish his long awaited final Hip Hop album, Coreyography, executive produced by PH. The album has gems on it, including songs featuring PH, MIMS, MIC HANDZ, JERZEY and MR. SHA, with production by VES, TONE JONEZ, NY BANGERZ , MARCO POLO, DP, DR NO and WILL TELL, but first out of the gate is this banger produced by NOTTZ! 

Disrespect I won’t tolerate or deal with
Especially if them muthafuckers still kids
I ain’t ya age lil nigga go do ya homework
I was bangin when niggas was wearin long shirts
I was whylin when niggas was really on turfs
Yep, when snitchin get ya sister and ya mom murked
I ain’t ya peer lil nigga go get ya daddy
He dont wanna fight he talkin ’bout ADD ME
Puttin it out there
It is what it is
Tell shorty respect his elders cuz i beat people’s kids!

Being a seasoned veteran, Seed takes shots at the disrespectful, talent lacking, younger generation, not of MC’s or artists, but just kids in general these days. He let’s them know, if they get outta line, the belt is coming off!! Lol. Hardcore with a wry sense of humor is what Seed was always known for and this project does deliver.  Full Album set to drop July 8, 2016.

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MCMI Report: Jean Grae’s 3rd Holiday Album – Christmakwannuvuswaliyears

MCMI Report: Jean Grae’s 3rd Holiday Album – Christmakwannuvuswaliyears

MCMI Report: Jean Grae's 3rd Holiday Album - ChristmakwannuvuswaliyearsJean Grae returns with her 3rd holiday album, available EXCLUSIVELY at jeangrae.bandcamp.com on Christmas Day.

So what’s on there?

Christmas Jams? Yup. The Kwanzaa Song? Of course. A Festivus ditty? How could there not be? Belated Diwali wishes in the form of a song? Why are you even asking anymore questions? Global warming? SHUT UP! Finally have a song to dance to specifically for New Years? GTFOH. Yes, man.

MCMI Report: Jean Grae's 3rd Holiday Album - ChristmakwannuvuswaliyearsFeaturing special guests Quelle Chris and Don Will, you are warned NOT to play this at your parent’s house (unless you’re all smashed and just don’t give a —-!)

Check for the “White Christmas” video the SAME DAY and “The Kwanzaa Song” video on 12.26, because that’s when Kwanzaa starts.

Happy Holidays! And don’t say Jean Grae never gave you anything!

* Don’t forget to pick up #5 on iTunes.

MCMI Report: Jean Grae’s 3rd Holiday Album – Christmakwannuvuswaliyears

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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]