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MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & RestyledMCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & RestyledAt MCMI Records, we do most of our recording, mixing and mastering out of one studio. We have for years. The reason? We trust the ear, experience and skill of our chief engineer, Dennis Mitchell.

Dennis is an old school studio engineer who can build compression strips, microphones and mixing boards, make his own cables, build computers and set up speakers and soundproofing for optimum mixing. He’s been recording since AMPEX reels back in the day, but knows the latest hardware and software and is always up to date. Simply put, he is one of the best. Rockafella had Young Guru on the boards; MCMI has Dennis Mitchell.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

Paying his dues at the big studios like Firehouse, INS, Chung King, Electric Ladyland and others, Dennis tracked or mixed sessions for Das EFX, SWV, Wu-tang Clan and many other notable artists.

When Dennis set up a studio in his apartment in Park Slope, artists in the know followed. The location didn’t matter. The mixes came out awesome, balanced vocals, thumping kicks and punchy snares. His analogue compression modules, and knowledge of frequencies, and his ear (actually, both of them), created amazing results.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

When the studio relocated to a bigger space on 626 Carlton Avenue, MCMI Records set up shop and started working on music from Hydra, PH (aka Pumpkinhead), Chordz Cordero, MrMecc, Archrival and other artists. The late great PH’s album “Know The Ledge” was recorded and mixed there as was The PLAGUE song “TWELVE”.

The only thing lacking in was that the vocal booth could only hold one person and the mixing station was quite small. Four or five people in the room and you were packed in like sardines. Sill, a lot of artists recorded great music there, including Young M.A, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Troy Ave and others.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

In 2016, Dennis decided to expand the studio and take it to the next level. He tore down the walls, redid the ceilings and floors and even moved the heating system to create more space. Now the mixing room can accommodate a lot more people, the sound booth can hold a group of people, plus instruments and he has a nice lounge which doubles as a live room or Podcast/Radio show, when needed. Whether you sing, rap or are a DJ making a mixtape, you can record live, mix, have your tracks mastered, apply autotune or melodine, Stonebrown Studios does it all.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

If you want to book studio time, you can take advantage of the online Google STUDIO calendar to see what days/times are available and then call, email or text 917 349 0524 to book your session. Use Code “MCMI” for DISCOUNT on your first session!

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MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

Marco Polo – Newport Authority 2 (Mixtape Download)

Marco Polo


This new collection of bangers produced by Canadian Brooklyn transplant producer  Marco Polo is basically material that couldn’t be cleared for Port Authority 2: The Directors Cut. So its really an album more than a mixtape. We’ve already been playing some of these on MCMI RADIO, but here is the full mixtape download. The project features today’s generation of heat-makers alongside some of the legendary veterans that ushered in the Golden Era of Hip Hop, including Torae, Ruste Juxx, Lil Fame (of M.O.P), The Artifacts, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Das EFX, just to name a few.

And now …

What we’re gonna do is go back … back into time: GMS interview of Marco Polo outside Sputnik in Brooklyn. (2009)

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HIT SQUAD REUNION SHOW (NYC) – Review, History Lesson & Video Footage

HIT SQUAD

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Last night New York experienced an incredible reunion show by the original Hip Hop crew that paved the way for the Rocafela Dynasty, YMCMB and just about any other hip hop crew that came after. In the early 90’s the Hit Squad established dominance as the ultimate hardcore “super-crew” consisting of EPMD, Redman, K-Solo, and Das EFX. It was on EPMD’s third (and some say best) album, Business As Usual that the “Hit Squad” was first mentioned. That album featured Redman. K-Solo had been featured on an earlier album and Das EFX on their next one, Business Never Personal, which also contained the mega hit “Headbanger“.

Full article and video of “Headbanger” performed live @ Best Buy Theater February 24th, 2012 after the jump. (more…)

DAS EFX MOVIE “DEAD SERIOUS” (video)

Check out this classic interview of Das EFX put up by AlohaServedDaily. The duo talk about what they felt about a lot of other groups coming out with a similar style to theirs after they dropped their first few records. Das  EFX definitely were innovators. They are one of my favorite groups of all times. Enjoy.

One of the most creative rap artists around, Das Efx is the dawn of a new age in rap music…. Includes three clips for “They Want Efx,” “Mic Checka,” and “Straight Out the Sewer.” Also included are never before seen interviews with Dray and Skoob.