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Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose: Baby, Baby, Baby/FreeDome [Music Videos]

Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose: Baby, Baby, Baby/FreeDome


This is a double video featuring two joints off Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose‘s 15 track project THE BUILDING, available on bandcamp and itunes. The first song, Baby, Baby, Baby featuring the eargasmic James Brown sample from I Got That Feelin’, is all funk ‘n’ fun, something for the party people and the dance crew to get busy to, as you can see they do in the video. The second song, FreeDome is a little more serious, Mazzi drops knowledge, but is still incredibly soulful and head nodding, just slightly more somber.

Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose: Baby, Baby, Baby/FreeDomeBoth videos directed by Exile Ramirez, were shot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Baby, Baby, Baby was shot in a studio. FreeDome was shot outside, a beautiful backdrop of the waterfront on the right and a magnificent mural on the left, a landmark which lets you know exactly where they are. There are a number of Hip Hop notables in the band (not to mention yours truly, GMS). See if you can spot ’em and give a shout out in the comments.

Stay blessed!

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Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose “Baby, Baby, Baby/FreeDome”

MCMI REPORT: 1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

Presenting the 1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class, the Class of 2017.

We are now over 40 years emerged into the culture of Hip Hop. The fact that Jay Z just dropped his 13th album, at age 47, and it went platinum in less than a week proves that Hip Hop spans generations and is more than just a young man’s sport. In an era where there are several heavy hitting artists who have 20+ years under their belts and are still dropping new music (Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Common, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Snoop, The Lox – the list goes on), and other slightly younger artists that have been maintaining relevance (i.e. Joe Budden, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique), new artists are also breaking onto the scene at later ages than they used to. Not that there isn’t room for younger artists like Joey BadA$$ or Chance the Rapper, but it seems Hip Hop and its audience has matured and diversified to the extent that there are no longer any “rules” regarding style, genre, gender and yes, even age.

1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

That being said, the MCees featured in the first VitalGroundz Senior Class are not ancient, it’s just that VitalGroundz doesn’t feel the requirements for being a “hot new artist” includes being a teenager, nor should it be based on social media stats, or other superficial measurements that don’t really have anything to do with whether or not a song or an artist is “good Hip Hop music“. Instead, VitalGroundz looks at lyrics, content, wordplay, skill, pure readiness and unique style. One perfect example of this is MCMI’s own LR Blitzkrieg, who is one of this year’s 10 featured MCees, who has put in several guest appearances over the years and is known on the NY underground Hip Hop scene, but is just about to drop his debut solo project, “OuttaNowhere“, in the next few months.

Rather than celebrate the next batch of “Freshman“, VitalGroundz has created a lane for artists who have been honing their skills for some years on the underground, or paying dues in other ways, while developing craft, that are now ready to burst upon the scene.

You can check out the other 9 featured artists from this years Senior Class on VitalGroundz’ Youtube Channel, which you can subscribe to here.

So what do you think? Do you like VitalGroundz’ new platform for emerging artists? Are the MCees in the Class of 2017 dope? Which one killed it the most? Is this the antidote to BET ciphers filled with the latest crop of mumble rappers? Do you or someone you know have what it takes to be featured next year?

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1st Annual VitalGroundz Senior Class

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI on everything – Friend on FBIGTW, SC)

LR Blitzkrieg (@LR_Blitzkrieg on everything– Friend on IGTWSC)

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers

Chordz Cordero original lyrics over instrumentals by his favorite producers


MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO - A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)

Intaphaze/MCMI Records’ Chordz Cordero finally returns with his new solo project, “CHORDZ CORDERO – A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)”. The songs were recorded in between albums, as a way to keep the creative juices flowing. Now it is available for free (or optional donation) on Bandcamp.

MCMI REPORT: CHORDZ CORDERO - A Day With My Favorite Producers (Soultape)I decided to release it now, to show love to all who have supported my official group album with Sir Manley, The HighBred and all my projects over the years. This gives fans some more music to listen to while I am working on a solo album and some more group projects, coming soon. – Chordz Cordero

Born out of his passion for Hip Hop & Soul, this “Soultape” explores Chordz’ many thoughts and emotions on his journey through life! “A Day With My Favorite Producers” was completely recorded and mixed by Chordz himself in his basement studio. It’s straight up Soul, unpolished and raw! Even so, he did do a video for one song, produced by Black Milk, called Street Life. The video was shot and edited by Chordz brother J’Mel Lu, who has been building his directorial resume with videos from King Jerz, V2, Rell Peso and of course, his brother Chordz, who co-directs some of the videos as well.


You can stream or download the rest of Chordz’ homage to his favorite producers from Bandcamp and if you missed The HighBred LP dropped last year, it is available as a CD and digital download as well. And don’t forget to check out the last HighBred video, 3rd Stone Blues ft PH aka Pumpkinhead, here. #ripPH

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SUBSTANTIAL – MADE IN MARYLAND (produced by ODDISEE)

SUBSTANTIAL – MADE IN MARYLAND (produced by ODDISEE)

featuring Steph the Sapphic Songstress & DJ Jav

SUBSTANTIAL - MADE IN MARYLAND (produced by ODDISEE)

Plague-member and MCMI affiliate MC Substantial teams up with Mello Music Group’s fellow DMV native, the producer Oddisee for Made In Maryland, the first official single off his long awaited album, The Past Is Always Present In The Future. While Substantial spent a lot of time in New York early in his career , the song is an ode to Maryland, where he once again resides since he returned to his home state several years ago. If you are a Substantial fan then you must know Steph the Sapphic Songstress and DJ Jav, who are frequent collaborators with the prolific MC. Avoiding samples, the scratches and cuts you hear are off of vocals from Joe.D.

When ef@mm member QN5 Music’s Tonedeff heard the song, he was quoted as saying “S#!t so hard, I’m about to move there!” (Sidenote: Stan please make more hard s#!t like this so Tone can move, lol. Thanks.)

Pre-orders for The Past Is Always Present In The Future – iTunes & Bandcamp
Release Date:  January 6, 2017. CD’s ship January 13, 2017 Cassettes & vinyl on the way!
SUBSTANTIAL - MADE IN MARYLAND (produced by ODDISEE)

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SUBSTANTIAL – MADE IN MARYLAND (produced by ODDISEE)

MCMI Report: Dezert Eez (feat. Talib Kweli) – Rolex Dreamin’

MCMI Report: Dezert Eez (feat. Talib Kweli) - Rolex Dreamin'

MCMI Report: Dezert Eez (feat. Talib Kweli) – Rolex Dreamin’

The Michigan-based crew Dezert Eez kick off their 6th album (since their 2005 debut mixtape, The Realness), with lead single, “Rolex Dreamin’,” which starts off with a verse from the veteran Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli, followed by the trio of 5-Star, Nivek, and O’Nill. Kweli sounds right at home over the jazzy Thovo production. The group shows their confidence by letting him go first. Most people put the celebrity guest feature last on a track, but Dezert Eez have no need to follow that convention.

MCMI Report: Dezert Eez (feat. Talib Kweli) - Rolex Dreamin'

The single is off their album Late Night Cognac Sessions, on iTunes’ for pre-order, dropping November 3rd through all major digital retailers and streaming outlets, via Soul Krush. The album’s only other guest feature is Skyzoo“He is just dope!” Nivek notes—who appears on “Diamond Runnaz.” If you like the single, links to pre-order the album are below. Enjoy.

STREAM: “Rolex Dreamin‘” – AudioMackSoundCloud

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MCMI Report: Dezert Eez (feat. Talib Kweli) – Rolex Dreamin’