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PH: Memorial Tribute All White Party – All-Star DJ Line Up 6/28/15 – [Brooklyn, NY]

PH Memorial Tribute All White PartyThis Sunday, June 28th 3pm-10pm

MCMI, LYRICIST LOUNGE, REAL TALK NYC, LYRICS TO GO, THE PLAGUE, TEAMHOMI, GRINDTIMENOW, QN5, EOW, BRAGGIN RITES, URL, KOTD, THE WRITTERZ BLOCK, FAT BUDDHA BAR & friends, in conjunction with THE DIAZ/OCCASIO FAMILY, presents …

Please join us for a

PH Memorial Tribute All White Party

in honor of Robert Diaz aka”PH” aka Pumpkinhead.

Special Tribute sets by

Rich Medina, Eclipse, Eli Escobar, DP One, Blowout,
GMS, JS-1, DJ Static, Butta L, Sucio Smash, Mocha Sunflower & friends

@ Littlefield
622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(between 3rd & 4th Avenue / Parkslope)

Suggested donation: $10+

#RIPPH #RIP #OfficialPHTribute #RIPRobertDiaz #PH #Pumpkinhead #RIPPumpkinhead #OfficialPHMemorial

PH Memorial Friends & Family

On June 9, 2015 the world lost a valued member of the Hip Hop community, Robert Alan Diaz (September 17, 1975 – June 9, 2015), known by his stage name Pumpkinhead aka PH. We also lost a beloved friend, brother, husband, son and father.

PH in Cap

PH was known as the Underground King in the Hip Hop music biz and on the battle rap scene. He was a Hip Hop music purist, dedicating his life to creating, celebrating and preserving the art form. He was known to be extremely humble, supportive of dozens of movements, wanting to help anyone who he felt was also doing music that was good for the culture. In honor of his legacy we look to unite fans, friends and others to pay their respects to PH.

The theme is white clothing (*optional, of course), since we are CELEBRATING his LIFE and MUSIC, not mourning, with a splash of Orange for PH’s style.

PH BattlingPH grew up in Park Slope, one block from this venue, so the location has a special significance for family and friends. PH was such a loved figure in the community and around the world that his family was flooded with thousands of requests to come to the funeral. Unable to accommodate everyone they decided to keep the services small and relatively private. Regrettably, many people felt left out and needed a place to pay respects to PH.

The Family has love for all and PH’s mom, wife, kids, and other relatives will be in attendance to accept condolences, hugs and fond memories of your times with Robert. All  are welcome in love, respect & solidarity for our brother, MC, Event Promoter, friend & family man, the Underground King.

PH County of Kings Shirt

This memorial event is for the community to come together, connect with friends, speak about PH’s impact on music and on our lives, watch footage of PH’s videos and his Last Interview, and raise money for the memorial fund. Food was donated by Fat Buddha Bar (212 Avenue A, nyc), which was one of PH’s favorite hang outs.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO PH’S FAMILY. Thank you for your continued support.

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PH (formerly known as “Pumpkinhead”)

Born Robert Alan Diaz, in Brooklyn N.Y., on Sept. 17th, 1975, PH did not know what his future had in store for him. The son of a single, hard working mother, grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn with his mom and younger sister, in a 2 bedroom apartment. He started getting into Hip Hop in the early 80’s. As a 10 yr. old B-boy, Robert would battle local crews alone in search of acceptance for having heart and skill for his age. Movies like Beat Street, Breakin and Wildstyle, inspired this B-boy to embrace the culture to the fullest and be the best at what he does today.

After gaining acclaim for his breaking and popping skills, he quickly moved on to his next goal, which was to be an MC. After Hearing Dana Dane’s “Nightmares”, young Robert started penning raps during his 6th Grade Language art class, where he was the top Poet.

Soon “Pumpkinhead” first leapt onto the Underground Hip Hop scene, when a friend of his went to Bobitto Garcia, and handed him a promo that PH had created for his Hip Hop radio show, along with the legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong, “The Stretch Armstrong Show”.

They played the promo for 8 weeks straight.

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After New York’s first taste of this underground MC, they demanded more , So PH joined the stable of Makin’ Records, which was home to the group Natural Resource (including Jean Grae) and The Bad Seed. Ph’s first 12″ single was “Dynamic” b/w “It’s Over”. The record was embraced by all and went #1 in the Hits, Gavin and CMJ charts. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pumpkinhead became known as a battle Champion, holding two “Braggin Rites” Championships, winning several End of the Weak (EODub) Challenges and coming in first or second in numerous other battles and contests. During this time, he rocked many performances and destroyed countless opponents in freestyle street battles with ThePLAGUE, a crew of MC’s that he still records and performs with to this day.

PH also formed a group with Mr. Metaphor, Block McLoud, Will Tell & I.C.ON called “Brooklyn Academy”. They released a classic single called “Con Artists”, which charted on radio before the label folded. The group pursued individual careers before reuniting years later to drop the classic Brooklyn Academy album “Bored of Education” in 2008.

Over the years, PH has toured and traveled to Japan, Australia (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne), Sweden, Amsterdam, Canada and over 40 U.S. states. He has opened up for the likes of the rock group Goo Goo Dolls on the Lyricist Lounge Technology Tour, Bootcamp Click on the lyricists Lounge Tour, Kanye West, Ghostface, Big Daddy Kane, The Lost Boys, Tony Touch, Jedi Mind Tricks, to name a few and has also headlined his own shows all over the United States.

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As Pumpkinhead, PH has released his debut album “The Old Testament”, the E.P. “A Beautiful Mind” and his sophmore album “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn”. He has produced several mixtapes, including “Kill Music vol.1”, “Time Chronicles” Vol.1 & 2 . “Border Blockers” released in Canada, “Power Man & Iron Fist” with Cy Marshall Law, and “Picture That: The Negative”.

In 2011, the MC shortened his name, preferring to go by the initials that most of his friends referred to him as, “PH”, and dropped another classic album, KNOW THE LEDGE,  on MCMI Records. The album did very well, lead by the single County of Kings, a Brookyn anthem featuring Sha Stimuli, Ruste Juxx, Skyzoo & label-mate LR Blitzkrieg. The album also featured notable spitters such as Nems, Poison Pen, Marv Won, Charlie Clips and Plague members GMS and Substantial.

For the next few years PH focused his time cultivating the battle scene, as host and then President of GRINDTIME EAST COAST (GTEC), until he gave that up and threw his hat in the ring, to battle once again, this time using the more modern, pre-written battle rap format. His first battle was against the top West Coast battle rapper Dizaster. PH’s victory sparked a winning streak as he battled in multiple leagues, in the US, Canada and the UK. In his passionate return to battling, he formed an alliance with like-minded MC’s, producers and battlers under the name Team Homi, which became a house-hold name in the world of battle rap.

During the next few years PH continued to record music with his label, MCMI Records and collaborated with numerous underground and up and coming artists from all over the world. He  also entered and won many notable rap contests, winning the EOW Challenge a total of 4 times and being named “NYC MVP” by legendary rapper Ludacris, in Magnum’s Live Large Rap Battle.

After taking a break from music to focus on family, PH began work on what he said would be his final album. On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 5:40am, PH passed away unexpectedly after checking into a New Jersey hospital for a minor surgery. He is survived by his wife and two sons, with a daughter on the way.

PH with Family

PH with Family

A friend to all, he will be sorely missed by his friends, family and throughout the industry. He will be remembered for being a family man and for his many contributions to Hip Hop culture.

On Wednesday, June 10th, at 1:30am, at a rooftop gathering in mourning and celebration of Robert “PH” Diaz‘ life, the moon appeared suddenly and glowed bright orange for 30 to 40 minutes, signaling to family and friends that he is still here in spirit and shines brightly over all of us. Over a dozen people on that roof witnessed this miraculous event and took pictures and video of the Orange Moon over Brooklyn, one of which is posted here.

R.I.P. Robert Alan Diaz (1975-2015)

SALUTE the Underground King, PH!  REST IN POWER!

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DJ Eclipse Interviews PH on “Halftime Radio” WNYU 89.1fm (Video) + “How To Battle” (Audio)

PH went up to The Halftime Radio Show on WNYU 89.1fm, with Chordz Cordero and myself, GMS, to talk to host DJ Eclipse about his new album KNOW THE LEDGE. The conversation quickly turned to battling, then and now, the differences between the rules from the days of Blaze Battle and Braggin’ Rites and the popular battle leagues today, like GrindTimeNow and KOTD. This was a perfect segway into PH’s song “How To Battle” off the album, where PH flips the 50 Cent classic How To Rob but names dozens of MC’s in the battle game today.

The interview is dope. This is just part 2, the only part I had video of, but I will put up the audio of the rest in a few days. A lot of interesting stuff is talked about, plus a cypher between PH, Chordz and myself towards the end.

I included the full audio of the song “How To Battle”, below the video. See how many battle rappers you can catch as PH weaves their names into metaphors!

Rap Battle: Dizaster vs DNA ( Co-Hosted by DRAKE )

KOTD – Rap Battle – Dizaster vs DNA ( Co-Hosted by DRAKE )


The long awaited, most anticipated battle of former GrindTimeNow rivals DNA vs DIZASTER, hosted by none other than Canada’s hometown hero DRAKE (!) at Toronto’s King of the Dot “FLATLINE” event. If you slept on this epic battle of egos, now’s your chance to catch up. I’m gonna warn you up front, this may be the longest battle ever, with 4 minute and unlimited rounds. At some point it got too long for me, but I understand these are two MCees that can spit entertaining lines for days, so they didn’t want to limit them.

The outcome of the battle is currently being hotly debated. You’re probably not going to be able to tell by looking at the photos, pal. Click on the video and judge for yourself. More photos after the jump.

KingOfTheDot.com (more…)

PH – KNOW THE LEDGE Album Listening Party – 8/15/11

PH - Album Listening PARTY Flyer

MCMI Records X MCMI Apparel X MCMIreport.com
present …

“KNOW THE LEDGE”
(ALBUM LISTENING PARTY)
Monday Aug 15th 2011 | 7pm – 10pm

Hosted by PH, GMS & Blitzkrieg

Album Presenters:
EVIL DEE * DJ JS-1 * DJ HAZE *
DP ONE * DJ STATIC * GMS * D-STROY

OPEN BAR 7 – 8pm
Sponsored by MCMI APPAREL
(MCMIapparel.com)

GUESTLIST ONLY!
(Must rsvp)
By email: rsvp[AT]MCMIreport.com
By Twitter: @MCMIreport
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PH - HOLLYWOOD & COUNTY OF KINGS covers

Sparked by his leak of the song “HOLLYWOOD” and the official single “COUNTY OF KINGS”, PH’s buzz is heating up. Come listen to his Street LP “KNOW THE LEDGE” the day before it drops to find out why.

PH in MIAMI
The Brooklyn born lyricist PH (formerly known as “Pumpkinhead”) has always been an artist of integrity, respected by his vast following throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. His ability to persevere in a hostile industry climate with no major label or industry co-sign is what has prompted many to hail him as the “Underground King” for years … (more…)