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MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

For months friends and family of Robert “PH” Diaz petitioned to get the corner of the block that Rob grew up on co-named for him, speaking before Community Board 6, which voted to recommend the street co-naming to the Transportation Authority. After the Transportation Authority voted to approve the co-naming, the final decision went up to the City Council and ultimately New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who signs all street name changes into law, at City Hall.

On Thursday, February 25th, Mayor de Blasio made the announcement that Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Brooklyn will be renamed “Robert PH Diaz Way” in honor of the late great rapper PH, formerly known as Pumpkinhead. (See the video montage of the press conference at City Hall).

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The petition to co-name Degraw Street between 4th and 5th Avenue was strongly supported by Councilman Brad Landers and Craig Hammerman. Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo spoke of all of the people being honored with street co-namings, saying that it is “part of the healing process”, that this will “immortalize” them and is “changing the face of New York History”.

PH was known for his music, his legacy as a champion on the freestyle battle rap scene of the 90′s and the acapela battle rap scene that emerged later in the 2000′s. Beyond music he was loved and respected for using his connections and relationships to further many artists’ Hip Hop careers, for promoting Hip Hop culture and the battle rap scene and for producing many events, including several for charitable causes, from feeding and clothing the homeless, to raising money for asthma awareness.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

Shawntay Ocasio, PH’s surviving wife, thanked CB6, the Mayor, City Council, Councilman Landers and “everyone who helped honor my husband.”  ”I know Robert would be overwhelmed by all the support,” she added, noting the significance of the co-naming of “Hip Hop Way” in the Bronx, in honor of DJ Kool Herc and Hip Hop culture in general, on the same day, since PH ”worked endlessly to keep Hip Hop alive in New York City.”

Family friend Claudia Imperiale said that “Rob aka Pumpkinhead will forever be recognized and remembered in the city that he loved, in the neighborhood that made him who he was – Park Slope…. we love you Rob and you deserve this.”

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

The unveiling of the “Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way” street sign will take place at 11am, on Saturday April 23rd, 2016, on the corner of 5th Ave & Degraw (aka Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way), followed by a special celebration brunch party at Littlefield from 12 – 5pm. Several notable DJ’s who were friends of Robert and part of his career will be spinning, including Neil Armstrong, Mista Sinista, DP One, Joe Bodega, Cabin, Kilz and Suce (Sucio Smash). Food is being donated by local eateries including Mulina Ristorante Italiano, El Polittos, The V Spot vegan restaurant and the newly opened Fresh Bite Mediterranean Grill.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The party is a benefit fundraiser for Robert’s three children, his sons Raiden and Royce and newborn daughter Robbie Diaz, whom their mother Shawntay affectionately refers to as “My three R’s”. You can RSVP to the event, share stories, pics and music on the Facebook event page. Ticket’s to the party available at Ticketfly.

The song featured in the video of the press conference is King Latifah off of PH’s album KNOW THE LEDGE (MCMI Records). It is available on bandcamp, itunes, Amazon and all digital outlets. CD’s are available at UGHH. All proceeds from sales benefit Robert’s family, so you can also support by supporting his music and legacy.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

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MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

Homeboy Sandman – Life Support

Homeboy Sandman – Life Support

Homeboy Sandman - Life SupportOkay first off, if the tag line got your attention because you thought Homeboy Sandman was on life support, don’t worry – he’s not. Neither is his career. Neither is Hip Hop. In fact, his career is one of the reasons that Hip Hop is not dead. Creative songs and videos like this one keep pushing the art form forward, despite a sea of mediocre artists and some who are straight trash.

Homeboy Sandman has always had great creative videos that match his zany, outside of the box mentality, which has attracted such a strong following over the years. People love his vibe, so a video has to capture that vibe. This one does.

When you are done watching it, click on some other videos of his on youtube. You wont be disappointed.

Homeboy Sandman – Life Support, produced by Hugo LX, is a new track, not on any album release, strictly for the video, but Sand has a new album coming up this spring called Kindness for Weakness. Catch him at Stones Throw’s event at SXSW, March 19.

Video Director: Pace Rivers. Art Directors: Nicole McBride & Mary Godley. Producers: Victor Lucia & Mary Godley. Special Thanks to: Paul Lamb, Ross Wittenberg, Lisa Wollter.

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HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

Full Disclaimer: I am one of the Executive Producers of this album, so my review is not objective. On the other hand, this album was created by The HighBred first and then brought to MCMI Records and when my partners and I heard it we immediately wanted to co-pilot, release this on our label, jointly with Intaphaze Records and Man@Work Productions. Why? Because its good music and good MCing. Pretty simple formula at MCMI, music is dope + the artist can “move the crowd”.

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) - THE RIDE feat. Zo' Kimoni (Official Video)

The production style, as you can hear, is organic, soulful, yet rugged, a perfect backdrop for gritty vocals filled with street knowledge, weed smoke and everyday struggles. Boonie Mayfield produced the entire album and he is a beast. All of the songs are tough but this one will make your face extra crunchy. Lyrically, nothing  pop and no cliche tough guy raps. Just truth, reality and attention to the craft of MCing. On top of that Chordz doubles on vocals for the chorus.

The video, directed by The HighBred themselves, with editing done by Chordz brother J’ Mel Lu, with some after touches by Sir Manley. If you haven’t see the first two videos off of this project, check out Original (We Remain) and How I See It.

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) - THE RIDE feat. Zo' Kimoni

The HighBred LP – Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley
Digital Download: Bandcamp | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify
CDs: CDbaby | UndergroundHipHop.com

Off of The HighBred LP – MCMI Records / Intaphaze Records / Man@Work Productions

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HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

Swave Sevah, P Stacks & Chordz Cordero: FUNERAL MUSIC [Director LottaZay]

Swave Sevah, P Stacks & Chordz Cordero: FUNERAL MUSIC [Director LottaZay]

This song came out in 2013 on the Swave Sevah’s album Son of a One Armed Man, but the video was made this past summer, after the passing of three great men, J Arch, PH aka Pumpkinhead and Sean Price. Rest in power! Never forgotten,

Swave Sevah and P Stacks (#TeamHOMI) body this track, with quotables such as

“…a bodycount that, can’t nobody count
cause, investigator’s cant’t get a word out nobody mouth!” – Swave Sevah

and

“We can get it on, with the heat if you
creep, spray your vehicle,
Sleep, you’ll be deceased, n*gga
Their gonna need a priest for you” – P Stacks

Chordz Cordero also lends his vocal talents to the hook. Check out his recent release The HighBred LP for more of his Hip Hop Soul.

Swave Sevah, P Stacks & Chordz Cordero: FUNERAL MUSIC [Dir by LottaZay]

Directed by LottaZay, this is that hardbody New York Boom Bap with a hint of flavor.

Son of a One Armed Man (ALBUM) - iTunes | Amazon

Swave Sevah, P Stacks & Chordz Cordero: FUNERAL MUSIC [Director LottaZay]
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MCMI REPORT: ALBUM REVIEW – KANYE WEST “THE LIFE OF PABLO”

ALBUM REVIEW – KANYE WEST “THE LIFE OF PABLO” 

ALBUM REVIEW - KANYE WEST "THE LIFE OF PABLO"

“Ya man, not ya boy,” Corey ‘Bad Seed’ Pierson is back. This time with an honest album review of Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”. If you are like me, you can’t waste your valuable time on an album, just because of media hype or the artists self-proclaimed ‘greatness’.

Well, Seed’s approach is both real and helpful, neither hating, nor hero worship, as some reviewers tend to be. This helped me listen to  the album without expectations based on what some PR person wrote, that was copied and pasted into a thousand blogs all over the Internet.

You want an honest review, from a down to earth dude who grew up on Hip Hop and is going to keep it real with you? Here you go.

Thanks Corey, we appreciate it.

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ALBUM REVIEW – KANYE WEST “THE LIFE OF PABLO”