This event tonight will be in honor of our fallen comrade #PH. Five of us will be performing PH’s part in the EOW MC Challenge in his place. #EOW, which stands for End of the Weak, is more than just the longest running weekly open mic in NYC (and around the world), it is a time honored tradition, where MC’s sharpen their skills in competition. It is not a battle against each other, but more like a battle against oneself, against the clock and against the beats. #RobertDiaz always supported, promoted and participated in this Challenge, as it represented apart of what it meant to be a real MC. #MCMIForever
100% of the proceeds will be donated to PH aka Robert Diaz’ family. Click the flyer to join the discussion on Facebook and come through tonight. #RIPPH
IN HONOR OF PH: EOW MC CHALLENGE | Bit.ly/FundForPH | #MCMI | #RobertDiaz | #RIPPH
Iron Solomon flips the Jay-Z classic, 22 Twos, into 44 Fours. The video is shot at Club Pyramid in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, home of the longest running Weekly Open Mic, End of The Weak, also known as EOW or @EoDub. This is where MC’s go to work out, build with fam, cypher, talk shit, get some stage time and just cool out on some real Hip Hop.
A lot of work went into this video, so check the credits. Follow Iron Solomon. He is one to watch. And stop by the ‘dub on Sunday, 9pm.
MCMI’s own PH took first place inÂ TROJAN and LUDACRIS‘ rap contest called “Magnum Live Large Project 2″, which had competitions in Detroit, San Francisco, Miami and NYC. The New York one was held at Highline Ballroom, on April 4th, 2011Â and pitted 16 MCs against each other, not spittin’ battle raps like they do in GrindTime, but competing in three categories: a capella verse, freestyle off the dome and performance of an original song.
For those who don’t know,Â PH (formerly “Pumpkinhead”) is also aÂ GrindTimeNow battler. PH was the GrindTime East Coast President for awhile, but passed the torch to current President Poison Pen, so that he could step in the ring a few more times. He also is a 2 time Braggin’ Rites title holder, 2 time EOW MC Challenge winner, EOW Challenge of Champions winner (he went against all the other champions and came out on top), came in 2nd in the infamous BLAZE Battle and has recently won battles in the GrindTIme and KOTD (King of the DOT) leagues, so he’s versatile and can compete in multiple formats.
Trojan’s “Magnum Live Large” Project is not an MC battle, but an “EMCEE COMPETITION”. What’s cool about it is you get to freestyle and also do one of your songs. Plus you spit accapela one round, so everyone definitely hears every word of your verse, with no beat to play a factor. Whether you’re nice off the top, can write a killer verse, or are really good at putting a song together, you get a chance to put your best foot -Â er,Â rhyme – forward. Besides MCing, there also were B-Boy , Graffiti and DJ elements and even an educational panel discussion. Check out the NYC Highlights video:
The Â judges for the New York event were either MC’s or C.E.O’s of reputable Hip Hop companies, from East and West, North and South, so we had people who really knew what they were listening to. There was Opio from Souls of Mischief (Cali), Prince Po from Organized Konfusion (Queens), J-Live (Philly), Danny Castro from the Legendary Lyricist Lounge (Brooklyn), Mad Illz, who reps Florida and is one of the C.E.O.’s of GrindTime, and R.A. the Rugged Man (Long Island). 14 hungry MC’s and one singer, who jumped in the contest to get some light, performed Â their hearts out in hopes of winning the money and going to Miami to perform with Ludacris. The event was hosted by local hostÂ Posion Pen (GrindTime, Stronghold), and tour hostsÂ Othello and Rahman Jamaal.
AllÂ PH’s rounds were strong, obviously, or he wouldn’t have been able to win, but the performance of his song “Oxygen” (video after the jump) really rocked the crowd. From the beat to the hook to the subject matter, the audience showed a lot of love.Â PH’s delivery and stage skills from years of touring the States and abroad, allowed him to tear down the stage effortlessly for the New York crowd.
Videos of PH’s song “Oxygen” that he performed live that night, plus his a capella round, both of which have not been previously released, after the jump!
This is a sick cypher outside of Fat Buddha (the bar/lounge formally known as Forbidden City) in NY, with several GrindTime and URL battlers, EOW faculty, Stronghold alumni. Shout out to FreshPhungusTV. This is goin’ in multiple categories. Let us know who killed it the most! – GMS