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MEDINA GREEN – SAVE THE CHILDREN – The EP


MEDINA GREEN MC DcQ, also known as “Ilias Bey”, began his music career at 17, in a group I first saw rocking’ at the legendary Lyricist Lounge in the 90’s, as the Urban Thermo Dynamics or UTD’s for short. Singles like “My Kung Fu” and “Manifest Destiny”, dropped on Payday Records  quickly garnered underground respect. This was also the first time people heard the lyrics and vocals of fellow group member Mos Def (yes, he was always singing, even back then). UTD’s had a good run, Mos came out with his solo work and shortly after DcQ emerged with a new group, a larger collective called Medina Green. They had some great joints, most notably the classic “Crosstown Beef”.

After years of touring the world as an independent artist, opening for “De La Soul”, “BlackStar”, “Talib Kweli”, and “Mos Def” and on the public speaking circuit under his pseudonym “Illias”, DcQ is back with a new project which not only is dope beats and rhymes but promotes a positive social message, SAVE THE CHILDREN – The EP.

dcq1While the title track and one other are solo DcQ joints, the EP features other members of Medina Green (including Yaslin Bey -pka- Mos Def) and some special guests, like SADAT X and JOELL ORTIZ. The beats on this project are rough, rugged and raw, produced by Shawneci Icecold and Ayatollah, my favorites being the title track, “Stop The Madness” and the closer “Party Done”. The whole project is extremely well put together and amazingly is a FREE DOWNLOAD available here.

Save the Children The EP

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MCMI RADIO: “BROOKLYN’S FINEST EDITION” (Ep 5)

MCMI RADIO LOGOReal Hip Hop. Real Talk.

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Friday – July 13, 2012

Host: GMS
Co-host: LR BLITZKRIEG
 
Celebrating the best MC’s, songs, producers and DJ’s from Brooklyn, NY.

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Click for FREE Download “Brooklyn’s Finest Vol. 1: This is Brooklyn. This is Hip Hop.” by DJ’s GMS & DP ONE

I played tons of music from Brooklyn artists – with a few non-Brooklyn artists mixed in there as well, while co-host LR Blitzkrieg gave us some news on Brooklyn topics of interest, such as Jay-Z adding 5 new dates to his Barclay Center Nets Arena concerts, since the first few sold out instantly at as much as $250 a ticket. We talked about Marv Won vs Math Hoffa and other upcoming PoisonPen.tv/URL battles and took requests off the air, but we mostly just hit you with music, music and more music. The artwork above, from the single “County of Kings” ft. ShaStimuli, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx & LR Blitzkrieg, off PH’s album Know the Ledge. It is available as a tee shirt at MCMI Apparel and we will have some at our booth Saturday at the BKHHF.

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Idle Warship “Driving Me Insane” [Official Video]


Res has this “sexy psycho-chick” vibe goin’ on in this video. Certainly got my attention! This beat is crazy. Part Reggae, part Hip Hop, 100% Rock N Roll, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing this one on MTV, VH1 & BET soon, not just your neighborhood YouTube Channel. To me, Idle Warship is an alternative to Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s “Best of Both Worlds”. Kweli, Res and the band really blends genres in a way that’s always fresh and exciting. The mostly “green-screen” video was directed by none other than R.A the Rugged Man. (‘Stanley Kubrik’ indeed.)

Idle Warship’s album Habits of the Heart has features from Jean Grae, Jay Knocka, Chester French, Michelle Williams & John Forte.

Download it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/habits-of-the-heart/id473908850

Catch them soon on the Prisoner of Conscious tour!

@Res | @TalibKweli | @GMS_MCMI | @ratheruggedman | @MCMIreport

Mos Def changes name to Yasiin Bey (New Black Star song)

Black Star premiered this new song on Colbert Report. In the interview, Mos drops the bomb that he has changed his name and will no longer use “Mos Def” as his professional name. He says it’s his “nom de plum”. The duo rocked their brand new “Fix Up” and a previous collaboration “Astronomy (8th Sign)” after the interview. Here is the performance, followed by the interview.

 

Mos Def Joins ‘Dexter’

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According to TheHollywoodReporter,

Mos Def has finalized a deal for a multi-episode arc on the sixth season of Dexter,

Also appearing in the 6th season of the hit Showtime series “Dexter” are Colin Hanks, who will play his archnemesis this time around, Jonny Lee Miller, Julia Stiles and Peter Weller.

This is a great look for our MC, musician and actor friend Mos, since Dexter got an average of 5 million views per episode last season.

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[Mos Def’s acting career and videos after the jump.] (more…)