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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?

For more infowww.vitalgroundz.com | info@vitalgroundz.com

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: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR, 5/15/16

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope's FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

Rapper Wordsworth of EMC pays homage to his friend PH, on the corner of 5th Ave & Robert PH Diaz Way.

The late great rapper Robert “PH” Diaz aka Pumpkinhead, who passed away less than a  year ago from gall-bladder related health problems, represented Park Slope, Brooklyn, all his life. Even when he migrated to Staten Island and New Jersey, he always claimed Park Slope as his home, often shouting out the formerly socio-economically mixed neighborhood, that in recent times has become more and more gentrified, in his music. Then in the early 2000’s PH did a mixtape series (Park Slope Rennaisance Vol. 1 & 2) and had a song called Park Slope on his Beautiful Mind EP (Third Earth Music). PH visited his hometown often, doing shows, parties and charity events at the now closed Southpaw, Voodoo Lounge and SRB (now Analog). And shortly before his ultimate departure, Robert returned to Park Slope one last time, with his two sons, to show them the block “where daddy grew up”.

So it is extremely fitting for that block on De Graw Street, between 4th & 5th Avenue, to be co-named “Robert PH Diaz Way“. And it is also fitting that this year’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in Park Slope, will include a Musical Tribute to PH aka PUMPKINHEAD, on the corner of 3rd St & 5th Avenue, beginning at 1pm. DJ GMS will play a set of PH’s best music, including songs about Park Slope. There will also be guest performances by MCMI Artists and friends, including HYDRA (Keith WildChild Middleton, GMS & LR Blitzkrieg), Chordz Cordero, the MarXman, Qaasim & Khalil Middleton, Mic Handz and Jay Lonzo. The first time Pumpkinhead, GMS, LR Blitzkrieg & Keith WildChild ever performed together was at the FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in the 90’s when they were just teenagers. The friends would go on to found the crew The Plague and later form the brand MCMI.

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz

The DJ Booth will be set up in front of The Gate on 3rd Street. The party will start off with classic dance music brought to you by Baby Loves Disco, with DJ MIKEY PALMS and Mr. Metaphor from Brooklyn Academy on the mic, from 11:30 – 1pm. The MCMI / PH Tribute set will go from 1 to 3pm, followed by DJ TOP SPEED, who will play classics honoring David Bowie, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest & Prince, until the fair is over. Classic PH albums & mixtapes, tee shirts, posters and other collectibles will be available behind the DJ booth.

So come out to Park Slope this Sunday, enjoy the fair, check out the music on the corner of 3rd Street and you can also walk down 5th Avenue and take a pic under the newly unveiled street sign on the corner of De Graw St & 5th Ave, as we continue to “Rock Rock On …”.

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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI RADIO: Chordz Cordero, LR Blitzkrieg & Ness Lee Talk New Music with GMS

Chordz Cordero, LR Blitzkrieg & Ness Lee Talk New Music with GMS 

Be on the lookout for LR Blitzkrieg’s upcoming project Outta Nowhere, executive produced by Ness Lee (also a dope MC and top battler), Chordz and Mela Mechinko both sing on the track “Hush“, recorded at Stonebrown / MCMI Studios. Chordz Cordero, LR Blitzkrieg & Ness Lee Talk New Music with GMSNess did most of the tracks on the album, which is set to be the first release of a 4-Part series from the members of the Brooklyn Hip Hop trio HYDRA, later in 2016.

Chordz project The HighBred, featuring him and Colorado MC Sir Manley, is out now on MCMI / Intaphaze / Man@Work, produced by Boonie Mayfield from Colorado. The videos How I See and Original (We Remain) give you a taste of what’s on the album. At the end of the interview you get a preview of the next single, The Ride, featuring (feat. Zo’ Kimoni)New video coming soon.

Chordz Cordero, LR Blitzkrieg & Ness Lee Talk New Music with GMSThe HighBred LP: Digital Download | Physicals (CDs): CDbaby | UGHH.com

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Chordz Cordero, LR Blitzkrieg & Ness Lee Talk New Music with GMS

MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO! (VIDEO) #MCMIradio

MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO!
MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO!

MCMI RADIO: BAD SEED talks Thin Black Line & Police Brutality

Episode 1 – pt 1
MCMI RADIO: Real Hip Hop. Real Talk. Corey “BAD SEED” Pierson

For those who never knew about MCMI RADIO, it was launched Friday June 8th 2012, as part of the 6th Man Radio station (shout outs to Bad Seed), hosted on BlogTalkRadio. our first episode was MCMI RADIO: Real Hip Hop. Real Talk. Ep 1 “LYRICISTS LOUNGE” and continued for 50 straight episodes, until our final broadcast “MCMI RADIO: Ep 50 – Rock Steady Crew & End of the Weak”, on Friday, July 26th, 2013. The show was primarily hosted by myself (GMS) and my partner in MCMI, The Plague, Hydra and basically my brother from another mother, LR Blitzkrieg.

MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO!

Over the year, we featured co-hosts and special guests including PackFM, MrMecc, Poison Pen, PH (#ripPH), Wordsworth, D-Stroy, Tonedeff, Sha Stimuli, Masta Ace, Mazzi, Vicky Green, Substantial, Bad Seed, Billy Screem (TeamHOMI), Organik (KOTD), Sara Kana, Homeboy Sandman, Vice Verses (EOW), Kosha Dillz, Audible Doctor (BrownBagAllstars), Chordz Cordero, yU, Steph the Saphic Songstress, The MarXman, Angel “Sweetness” Garcia (Pro Boxer) and Novell “Black Taoist” Bell (ManUpStandUp / BET’s “IRON RING”), I Am Many, Jess James Figeroa, Swave Sevah (TeamHOMI), Bryan from theBeeShine, Keith “Wild Child” Middleton, Icon the Mic King, and Kevin “DJ Organic” Fitzgerald (Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme).

MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO!

After a year of doing the talk show live almost every week, LR Blitzkrieg and myself just couldn’t keep it up. The show took a lot of work, preparing, setting up interviews, getting crates ready. We needed to dedicate more of our time to the record label and to other aspects of MCMI, so we stopped doing the show.

Well, almost three years later – WE ARE BACK, BABY! This time the show will not be live and will not be weekly. It is now hosted on the MCMI YouTube Channel (Subscribe), which has MUCH better sound quality than BlogTalkRadio and will drop from time to time, whenever we have a good interview or something to talk about.

MCMI REPORT: The Return of MCMI RADIO!

All of the previous BlogTalkRadio shows are archived and can be found on MCMIreport.com/radio-archives. That will be considered “Season 1”. The new shows on Youtube are “Season 2”. Some will be mostly audio, with photos and video clips inserted throughout. Others will be full video format. New music and videos will occasionally be featured between segments of talk.

The new shows will be alternately hosted by MCMI’s GMS, LR Blitzkrieg, Keith WildChild Middleton, MrMecc and other artists affiliated with MCMIreport.com and MCMI Records. So, subscribe, listen, like, comment, share and stay tuned!!!

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HYDRA

HYDRA

HYDRA (LR Blitzkrieg, WildChild, GMS)

GMS and Wild Child met in Grade School and soon collaborated on their first Hip Hop song – a homework assignment where they rapped and beatboxed their report. By Junior High they began earning their stripes in local contests and talent shows and by high school Wild Child’s younger brother LR Blitzkrieg joined the group

Growing up in Brooklyn, the trio strived to surpass the lyrical mastery of their “Golden Era” role models. They began to make noise in the underground music scene, performing all over New York, battling rivals with their crew, The PLAGUE.

For awhile, the three entered as many open mics and competitions as possible, gaining valuable stage experience. They formed HYDRA in 1999 and when it became clear that HYDRA could attract a crowd to fill a venue, promoters and club owners began booking them. They performed at S.O.B.’s, Knitting Factory, The Tunnel, China Club, CBGB’s, Wetlands, Joe’s Pub, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lion’s Den, Downtime, Pyramid, Marc Ballroom, Culture Club, Southpaw, at several colleges and Lyricist Lounge events, just to name a few.

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The strength of their following led GMS & LR Blitzkrieg to create STORMTROOPERS ENTERTAINMENT, producing and promoting Hip Hop concerts, parties and events in NYC for several years. In 2006, they replaced Stormtroopers with their current brand MCMI Incorporated, under which they have developed MCMI Records, MCMIreport.com, MCMI Apparel, MCMI Studios, MCMI Radio and MCMI Warzone (MC battle league).

Over the years, HYDRA’s lyricism, musicality and showmanship developed them a following and earned them mentions in The Source, Trace, Stress, Mass Appeal & Frank151, dozens of music websitesand a few appearances on local Hip Hop radio.

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For years, HYDRA focused on collaborations with members of their crew The PLAGUE, releasing 2 CD’s, “The Plague: Gang Green” and “The Plague: 28 Tracks Later“, appearing on highly acclaimed QN5 Music’s EF@MM album “Happy F*ck You Songs”, PUMPKINHEAD’sOrange Moon Over Brooklyn” (Rawkus/SoulSpasm) and other Hip Hop mixtapes and compilations.

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In 2010, they focused on the release of the album “Know The Ledge” by Plague member and label-mate PH (formerly ‘Pumpkinhead’). GMS & LR Blitzkrieg appeared on the song Never Had, Never Will and LR Blitzkrieg was also on the album’s lead-off single County of Kings.

STOMPIndividually, Keith “WildChild” Middleton joined the cast of the musical sensation STOMP at the Orpheum Theater, later touring the world with the show, doing a 3 year residency in Las Vegas, staring in films, commercials, HBO Specials and TV Drama’s as an actor and musician. During this time WildChild performed at The Oscars (Academy Awards), on David Letterman, Jay Leno and even Sesame Street, teaching kids how to make music with bobby percussion and found instruments. He wrote and/or produced some off-Broadway Theater productions and even did some choreography and comedic writing for the hit animated film “ROBOTS“.

stomp575While WildChild was performing with STOMP and working in theater, film and television, LR Blitzkrieg was further developing the MCMI brand as a graphic artist, creating the designs for MCMI Apparel, logos and album covers, while GMS started DJing and working on his own music production, dropping several DJ mixtapes and the single “Freedom (How We Get)” with singer Chordz Cordero, in January 2012.

On December 23, 2012, HYDRA released a one-off concept single called “Twelve“, in collaboration with Plague members PackFM, Substantial & MrMecc, on MCMI Records. The song was inspired by the number 12, which was the original amount of members in The PLAGUE (-aka-Army of the Twelve Monkeyz). It was recorded on 12/12/12, each MC on the song spit 12 bars, etc. Although a Plague song, it was marketed as a collaboration between two sub-groups DOMINION & HYDRA and is the first time the name “HYDRA” appeared as the artist on any official release.

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In 2013, they decided to put out the HYDRA song “Love Is“, originally a demo, that had gotten a lot of praise at performances, as a digital single on MCMI Records. Both “Twelve” and “Love Is” feature the production of WildChild, the main producer of the group.
HYDRA LOVE IS

HYDRA is currently in the studio working on a project that will feature all three members as individual artists, as well as a group. This is slated to come out sometime in 2015. In the meantime, WildChild is releasing his solo spoken word debut “TRANSITIONS“, a unique merging of his original production and poetry written as he lay up recuperating from a near-fatal car accident. The singles, Supreme, B.M.F and FeelsGood are available now with pre-order of the full album, here. You can check the videos for B.M.F & FeelsGood at YouTube.com/MCMIreport.

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Keith WildChild Middleton –  “TRANSITIONS”