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MCMI REPORT: Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz - No Way in Hell (Album)

Last week MCMI’s LR Blitzkrieg, Keith “Wildchild” Middleton, GMS and MrMecc attended an advance listening party for Seed X Nottz – No Way in Hell featuring the Bad Seed and produced by Nottz, atIMI Studios in Manhattan. The project brings the BK-VA duo of Seed & Nottz back together again, giving you another dose of the hypnotic hip hop serum they concocted years ago with songs like For the Kids, Uhhnnh, Would You Luh Me. The pair sounded great together back in the day, but then went their separate ways for quite awhile. Both released a plethora of songs with other artists and 20 years later Seed announced that he was going to retire as an MC.

But before retiring Seed dropped his “final” album Coreyography, featuring one joint produced by Nottz, Belt Off (Official Video). I’m sure if someone asked if he would drop another album he answered “No way in hell,” but the song knocked so hard that it inspired the two to talk about possibly, just maybe, recording another project together.

Fast forward and we are sitting in a room listening to No Way In Hell. The room is filled more with friends, family and real MCees than Industry, which is fitting, because if you know Seed or Nottz, there is nothing industry or contrived about either of them. As Seed and his daughter Boopy hosted the event, playing some tracks twice at our request, one thing was incredibly clear: this project was definitely worth the wait.

The concept is that the album is narrated by a female disc jockey broadcasting over W-HELL 66.6FM radio. Seed tells us he was inspired by the way the cult classic gang movie WARRIORS was narrated.

No Way In Hell starts off with the politically charged lead single “The Devil’s In The White House.”

Then there’s the “Belt Off Remix”, featuring Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah) and NapsNdreds. As Seed tells it, Rock was originally set to appear on “The Devil,” but it just felt right to have him on the revamped “Belt Off.”

“I decided it would be doper to hear him on there due to the subject matter,” Seed says. “As a fan, I wanted to hear Rock take his belt off and whoop some ass. And as far as Naps goes, dude’s my new favorite rapper. Period.”

Other standouts include the relationship drama of “Pretty Little Liar” featuring Tiye Phoenix, the super-funky “Yellow Lights” featuring Sauce Money, and the verbal middle finger Bad Mood.” And when put together, they form one of the year’s best rap releases. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 20 years for these two to drop another project.

No Way in Hell which also boasts guests appearances from Sauce Money and DJ Total Eclipse (X-Ecutioners), is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms via Crisis Center Collective!

If you are in NYC you can attend the NO WAY IN HELL Album Release Party tonight at The Delancey, part of the Rock Da House series, presented by Doc Ahk, Mic Handz and DJ Toshi. The line up is sick, admission is free and there’s drink specials early.

Seed x Nottz - No Way in Hell (Album)

Seed x Nottz – No Way in Hell (Album)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon - Vernia (Official Trailer)

The Funk Lord, Erick Sermon, releases the official trailer to his soon to be released album, Vernia. The album boasts features from AZ, Styles P, Big Krit, Malice, Too Short, Xzibit, K Solo and more.

With countless classics, hit songs, gold and platinum albums, Erick Sermon and EPMD are legends in the game, laying down the foundation for groups, solo artists, crews and labels. Are you anticipating this new solo project from the “Green Eyed Bandit”?

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MCMI REPORT: Erick Sermon – Vernia (Official Trailer)

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) – Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

I will admit, when my long time friend and musical peer John Robinson sent me the link to this project, I didn’t really know what to make of it. It’s Soundcloud audio, so, is it a podcast? Not really, but there are conversations. So, is it an EP? Not really, but there are some songs.

The beats knock, the musical landscapes are incredible and Jay ARE are dropping serious barz (with a “z”) on us, but it’s not a traditional album format. Having had a few conversations about education myself (I am a 20+ year veteran of the public school system, as a teacher and recently became certified for administration), I knew it would be interesting to say the least and probably incredibly dope musically, so I gave it a thorough listen. The audio feast that ensued was so flavorful I had to go back for seconds and thirds. 

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) - Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

So what is it? Youth Culture Power is essentially several dope J Rawls produced, jazz-infused hip-hop tracks, blended with live instrumentation of the Liquid Crystal Project, over which the emcees rhyme poetics laced with the melodic tones of Tiffany Paige. This is merged with snippets of conversations from educators and scholars such as Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Jocelyn Wilson, Martha Diaz, Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Christopher Emdin, talking about attitudes towards students, the public school system and the current state of educating inner city youth.  This soundcloud player contains a sampler of the full project (Book + Album) that is on the way. 

At times it feels like you are listening to some good talk radio on WNYC or NPR. At times it’s some revolutionary, hardcore yet intelligent Hip Hop, the likes of which you get from artists like Dead Prez or Common. Some of the music is simple boom bap, hard beats and MCees dropping science. Other tracks contain sweet melodies in hooks, reminiscent of Lauren Hill’s contrasting her singing voice with her and the other Fugees’ intricate lyricism. The end-result is ear candy – audio that is equally rich in it’s musical tapestry as it is intellectually and spiritually stimulating. 

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) - Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE consists of educators and hip-hop kids J Rawls and John Robinson turned musical maestros, who have merged their musical work with their educational theories. Their upcoming Book + Album project, Youth Culture Power promotes their philosophy on education: Youth Culture Pedagogy (YCP). The group  believes that their pedagogy can “maximize students’  full potential for success and promote lifelong engagement in learning,” so this is more than just music.

To learn more, visit the website: itsjayare.com and follow: @ItsJayARE | @Whoisjr | @Jrawls82

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI)

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

SEED X NOTTZ: SUNDAY MORNING ft DJ Total Eclipse #NoWayInHell

SEED X NOTTZ: SUNDAY MORNING ft DJ Total Eclipse #NoWayInHell
SEED X NOTTZ: SUNDAY MORNING ft DJ Total Eclipse #NoWayInHell

SEED X NOTTZ: SUNDAY MORNING ft DJ Total Eclipse #NoWayInHell

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Bad Seed and Nottz are back with a collaborative album called No Way In Hell and the first single Sunday Morning ft DJ Total Eclipse has just hit the airwaves.

Bad Seed first teamed up with Nottz  to produce two Hip Hop classics in 1999 “For the Kids” and “Uhhnnh”, both of which did incredible sales for indie releases, the latter making it to Funk Flex 60 Minutes of Funk Vol IV: The Mixtape. After signing to a major (Warner) that then shelved their entire Hip Hop roster, Seed was sour to the industry for awhile, but released several notable independent albums over the years, remaining so-called “underground“, although some records such as Yankee Fitted featuring Mims and Talib Kweli off the album Intelligently Ignant, bubbled up slightly into the mainstream consciousness.

In 2016, Seed dropped Coreyography, which was set to be his last album, his farewell tour. After trying some acting, writing and directing, I think Seed was done with rap, perhaps feeling there was no way in hell he was going to drop another album. But the lead single “Belt Off” reunited Corey with Nottz and the results were amazing (video). The rekindling of their professional relationship led to this new producer/MC project No Way in Hell by SEED X NOTTZ.

For those unfamiliar with the Grammy Award winning producer’s work, Nottz has produced tracks for Busta Rhymes, the Notorious B.I.G, Fat Joe, Rah Digga, M.O.P, Exhibit, Snoop Dogg, Scarface, 50 Cent Method Man, Ghostface, Drake and Ne-yo just to name a few. He also works with more independent artists such as Krumbsnatcha, Apathy, Evidence and Sean Price. For his full discography, go here.

The first single off the project is “Sunday Morning” available now on Bandcamp. The Bad Seed hasn’t lost a step and Nottz beats are always bangin’ so we know this album is going to be tough!!

Let us know what you think of the track and the video and let us know, are you as amped as we are to hear this Seed X Nottz project? Also, what is your favorite Bad Seed or Nottz record? See you in the comments. Enjoy.

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI)

SEED X NOTTZ: SUNDAY MORNING ft DJ Total Eclipse #NoWayInHell

PROXY – LR BLITZKRIEG’s Debut Single / Video

PROXY – LR BLITZKRIEG’s Debut Single / Video
Produced by: Ness Lee
Directed by: LR Blitzkrieg / GMS / Keith “WildChild” Middleton
Filmed by: GMS / Ginni Giles
Edited by: Soul Mazonz

PROXY – LR BLITZKRIEG's Debut Single / Video

Photo by @SunnyWinters

Brooklyn emcee LR Blitzkrieg, CO-CEO of MCMI, 1/3 of Hydra and founder of the rap crew The Plague, is here with his first solo release “Proxy.” Produced by Atlanta MC/Producer Ness Lee, Proxy takes you on a journey of living life to the fullest. Through the lens of newfound fame and wealth, Blitz paints a picture of hip hop extravagance and classic fun, with a hook that starts off with a prayer:

“Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
And if I don’t die before I wake
When I wake up we gon’ spend all this cake!”

While he can still draw breath, LR Blitzkrieg is not only going to live each day as if it is his last, he will live it up for those who will never have the chance to. The song is a tribute and prayer for people like Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castille as well as for Blitz’s lifelong friend and label mate Robert “PH” Diaz, all whose lives were cut short far too soon. Filmed in Las Vegas, in collaboration with HYDRA and friends and represents living your life to the fullest because you never know when your time is up.

PROXY is the first single and video off of LR Blitzkrieg’s debut solo Album Outta Nowhere, which will drop “outta nowhere” sometime soon!

You can download or stream the song from EVERYWHERE music is sold, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal and Bandcamp. Leave a comment on youtube and let us know what you think of the song, the video and what it represents.

-MCMI

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