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MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute

This is not new, but I had an interesting conversation with a friend about Buddhism recently (a religion and philosophy I have felt connected to since a boy and recently have began living my life by), which made me want to post about it. This is a video of “Buddhist Monks” performing Hip Hop dance/B-boying as a tribute to musician & humanitarian Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who himself was a devout Buddhist who fought for Tibetan independence.

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute - The words “Buddhist Monks” are in quotes because they are not actually monks, but are dancers who are performing a routine choreographed by Pavan Thimmaiah, styled by Maria Palmeri. However, if you read comments on Youtube or Facebook (a reliable source of intellectual thinking, I know), you will surely find people commenting that those “buddhists” are being sacrilegious, not being devout, because they are dancing to Hip Hop.   Others will argue over whether or not those are “real” buddhist monks, whether or not they would really be doing that, or whether it is disrespectful to portray the monks like that.

Adam-Yauch-Dalai-LamaAlthough it is probably not the case in this video, it actually isn’t that far-fetched for monks to have learned how to “break“. Buddhist monks spend time working on improving the body and mind. This includes meditation, study, prayer and yes, physical exercise. This has led to martial arts being practiced by buddhist monks, for physical, mental and spiritual health. There are even styles of kung fu developed by monks, the “Lion’s Roar” of which there are variations from Lama Pai, to Tibetan White Crane, to Hop Gar and other lineages. These styles bear influences of martial arts from China, Tibet and India, but regardless of where they originated from, they have been practiced by monks from Shaolin to Tibet since at least the 1400′s.

Hip Hop MonksThe monks practice martial arts to push your body to the limits of physical possibilities, to discipline your mind and body, to achieve great strength, flexibility and balance, mastering the mind by mastering the body, for longevity, health and a sense of well being. Well, if you think about it, serious dancers also combine rigorous training, exercise, and self-discipline to put on incredible displays of strength, beauty and balance. Combined with music, this is extremely artistic and spiritual. As strong as most breakers are, and with the kicks, lunges, windmills and other acrobatics, there is certainly an aspect of self-defense involved as well.  Not to mention, BBoys have incorporated martial arts moves into their dance routines since the beginning. They even perform ritualized simulations of combat (‘battles‘) in competition.

Hip Hop is everywhere. Asian youth have embraced the music, art, dance forms and fashion for years. Besides, exiled from their homeland, the Tibetan Lamas now live here in New York City. Is it farfetched to imagine a day in the near future where some buddhist monks, immersed in Hip Hop culture growing up, take to practicing Hip Hop dance, as part of their daily routine? After all, Hip Hop is Universal and so is Buddhism. Namaste. Buddha Bless. Peace Out.

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PROFIT ft. CASSIDY – ON SIGHT

on sightHere’s a new song from Profit ft. Cassidy – On Sight. I could be wrong, but I think this is the first thing released with a Cassidy verse on it since the Cassidy vs Disaster battle. Does he still have it? I’ll let you all figure that out.

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Constant Flow – ASCENSION (Album)

Constant Flow - ”Dog Tags” ft Swave Sevah & Akir, produced by Southpaw.

Constant Flow dropped his album ASCENSION in September, through Viper Records. Some of you may know the Jersey City native by his abbreviated name “CF” and you may have caught him opening for the likes of Nas and Mobb Deep, or on tour with Immortal Technique. Myself, I have seen him spit plenty of times at SOB’s, at the End of the Weak open mic series at PYRAMID and in other new talent showcases in NY, so I have been waiting for a debut album from this lyrical powerhouse.

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CONSTANT FLOW – ASCENSION
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CF told The Village Voice:

“The album’s filled with interesting twist and turns from the title track which introduces myself to the people to “Dog Tags” showcasing the more militant CF. Then there’s “Moment of Peace” featuring Immortal Tech which deals with the breaking of stereotypes and “Celebrate Life” which deals with the idea of finding life in death.”

To read the full Village Voice interview, click here.

The album features guest appearances by Immortal Technique, Akir, Swave Sevah, Wyseme, Dontique, Kelly Finnegan (of Monophonics), P.J. Pacifico and Melanie Fontana. You can download it or stream it from the sources below.

* UPDATED: Here is the first video off of the album! 

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KOTD – Compliment Rap Battle – Pat Stay vs Rone (Hilarious!)

I remember the first KOTD - Compliment Rap Battle ever. It was Tricky P vs Deffinition. I was there at King of the Dot (KOTD) World Domination 2, in Toronto Canada, summer of 2011 and this was the most creative, innovative and HILARIOUS battle I had ever seen.

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Shout out to the whole KOTD organization, one of the best leagues out there, period. They elevated the game with their attention to detail, graphics intros and legendary match ups. You see how I just complimented them? That’s how the Compliment Rap Battle works. Instead of dissing your opponent, you have to go out of your way to compliment them, better than they compliment you. Now battle champions Pat Stay and Rone return to the Compliment battle ring, at the Hopscotch Festival 2014, to secure their legacies as not only the meanest battle rappers in the game, but the NICEST as well. Literally.

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Watch Pat Stay vs Rone, above, and then you can check out the first ever compliment rap battle with Tricky P vs Deffinition, below. (Catch me to the left of Organik, behind PH’s left shoulder, cracking up!).

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‘DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’

The MarXman in collaboration with MCMI releases Days of Future Past, a musical journey from the Golden Age of Hip Hop into the unknown future.

Days of Future Past is an alternate universe, a re-imagining of hip hop reality through the eyes of a poet. The MarXman eloquently conveys the story of a displaced artist finding his own sound in the main stream of consciousness.

The album commences with a sound byte from the classic cartoon X-men: The Animated Series, depicting an apocalyptic era following the “assassination of the90s.” All 15 tracks are written and performed by the MarXman with the exception of “Where I’ll Be” featuring King Chung and “Beautiful Struggle featuring Sheena O. Murray.

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Each song is infused with the MarXman’s lyrical experience, blending R&B melodies with memorable “golden era” instrumentation. Listeners are challenged to rethink their inner most desires in “T.P.I.R.” a sample from the game show The Price Is Right. Buckshot of Black Moon’s “I Got Cha Opin” is remixed into a tribute to the nightlife in “Me & My Crew.” “Off the Ground” and “Take A Flight” directly refer to the MarXman’s upcoming solo independent tour of Western Europe in the Fall, advocating the need to soar over your comfort zone to follow your dreams.

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Days of Future Past can be found on MCMIreport.com, or downloaded directly from MCMI.BandCamp.com

More about The MarXman: The MarXman is a 13 year stage performer who hit the NYC scene as a spoken word artist. In 2008 he plunged into the party scene and released his first music project the NeXt: the MiXtape in 2010. As an event planner he seeks to uplift the artistic integrity of mainstream culture, starting with New York City.

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