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MCMI REPORT: A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z

Jay Z A Genius

MCMI REPORTA Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z

Where did this Jay Z documentary come from? It seemed to just pop up out of nowhere. Or is it just me? Was my head in the sand? Well, anyway, anything that says “unauthorized” gets my attention. I wanna know, what is their take on this? I mean, I know it is still subjective, but at least it is not created by the person who is the subject matter. Unlike Beyonce’s self-directed documentary, we may see and hear some things that Jay wouldn’t necessarily approve of or appreciate. And that makes for good Internet! So off we go, let the trumpets blow, but hold on because the driver of the mission is NOT Jay Z.

Jay ZFrom watching the trailer, I see that Dame and Jaz-O are interviewed. I’m sure their opinions and versions of the story differ from the official party line. But the documentary looks pretty much complimentary, aiming to show “how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top.”

What do you guys think? Leave a comment after you’ve watched it and give us your review.

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NATURE – Throw It Up (prod by Marco Polo) #SeasonsChangedWinterEdition

NatureNATUREThrow It Up, produced by Canadian imported to Brooklyn beatsmith Marco Polo, is off of a brand new album by the veteran rapper, who was formerly part of The Firm (with Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, Dr. Dre), before going solo in 2000. Well, Nature is back, with Seasons Changed: Winter Edition, featuring Black Rob, Ali Vegas, Little Vic and Peter Leo

Seasons Changed: Winter EditionCapitalizing on the success of his first LP, the critically acclaimed For All Seasons, Nature has been releasing different editions with the “Seasons Changed” title. If you like the single, then head on over to iTunes, for Seasons Changed: Winter Edition.

And if you missed it, you can check out Seasons Changed: Spring Edition and Seasons Changed: Fall Edition as well.

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Shabaam Sahdeeq – “That Dope” ft Wais P & Sha Stimuli (Album: Keepers of the Lost Art)

Shabaam Sahdeeq – “That Dope” ft Wais P & Sha Stimuli (Prod. by DJ Skizz)

Shabaam Sahdeeq

Shabaam Sahdeeq is back with the much anticipated album, Keepers of the Lost Art! S-Dub definitely brings the lyrics on this one, complimented by beats from Ran Reed, Lewis Parker, DJ Dister, DJ Ready Cee and DJ Skizz to name a few. Despite setbacks such as a prison bid, haters and industry bullsh-t,  the Brooklyn vet is motivated to stay in the game and fight for the culture along with other Keepers of the Lost Art. On the DJ Skizz produced street banger “That Dope,” Shabaam is joined by two of Brooklyn’s finest – Wais P and Sha Stimuli. Party rocking’ DJ’s will be happy to throw on  the  dance friendly “Fall In Line” produced by DJ Wonder.

Keeper of the Lost Art coverBut anyone who sees the album cover art and title of this gem will instantly understand where S-Dub and his collaborators (Tragedy Khadafi, REKS, El Gant, Wais P, Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, F.T., Mic Handz, General DV, Spit Gemz, and Bekay) are coming from. Hip-Hop’s younger generation has gone astray. The airwaves are filled with so much simplified, watered down pop rap that the true art of Hip Hop is being lost. It is up to the keepers of the lost art to guard and protect Hip Hop, like the guardians in the classic si-fi movie ‘The 5th Element,’ in order to maintain and preserve it for future generations. Those youth who seek out the truth only need look towards the solid gold boombox, jewel crusted crowns, drum machines, and outboard gear, that adorns the album cover.

“Imagine the world came to an end in an apocalypse and some kids survived in a bunker,” Shabaam Sahdeeq explains about the cover art. “Now when the dust settles and the smoke is gone, the kids come out the bunker and discover a treasure chest in an old music store that contains all the elements of Hip-Hop, and started having fun with it.”  

If this album was in that treasure chest, representing the Elements of the DJ and the MC, those kids would be in pretty good shape. For your first hit of the dopiness, start off with “That Dope”, then dig deeper in the treasure chest yourself.

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Substantial – ‘Art Is Where The Home Is’ (HIWTAI Remixes)


Substantial‘Art Is Where The Home Is’ (HIWTAI Remixes) is a collection of remixes & live versions of songs from his critically acclaimed Mello Music Group debut, ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’. If you loved the original, executive produced by producer Oddisee, you will want to check out this somewhat more mellow version, featuring production by Bop Alloy’s Marcus D, Japanese beatsmith Haruka NakamuraDeacon The Villain from  CunninLynguists, DMV producers, Sean Toure’, Jsoul & The Other Guys, Jazz Hop production team A June & J Beat & Jackson, and Mississippi’s 5-D.

unnamedThere are also some tracks featuring DC area’s live band Sound of the City, who jazz up the singles ‘See Hear’ and ‘Check My Resume’. One new song on the project is the previously unreleased ‘Lost Lost’ featuring Jsoul, produced by yU of Diamond District.

A CD of the Remixes is only available as an import on the Japanese boutique label Rockwell Product Shop. But you can get it digitally from Substantial’s own Bandcamp page and listen to or download the original album from Mell0 Music Group

Substantial is currently on tour with Marcus D (as the group Bop Alloy). For tour info, check http://www.bopalloy.com/showdates and click Another Day In The Life Of…‘ to hear their 2nd album.

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Keith WildChild Middleton – M Pire Magazine Exclusive Interview (Video)

M Pire Magazine cover copyM Pire Magazine gets an exclusive interview with lyricist, producer and actor, MCMI’s  Keith “Wild Child” Middleton. Known for his NY underground Hip Hop group HYDRA and crew The PLAGUE, and his years in the hit musical show STOMP at the Orpheum Theater, the WildChild speaks out on his new album of Spoken Word and original music, “Transitions”.

M Pire magazine article

CLICK TO READ FULL Feb 14th 2014 ISSUE.

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