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CHORDZ CORDERO

CHORDZ CORDERO in studio

CHORDZ CORDERO

Chordz Cordero is a Jamaica Queens artist that has been perfecting his skills as an emcee, singer, producer, and musician since a child. He has collaborated with artists such as St. Joe Louis, Brokn.Englsh, Daniel Joseph, Swave Sevah, PH and GMS, to name a few. A few years ago, a chance encounter with PH led to some musical collaborations with MCMI.

 “I met PH at a Jean Grae concert at Highline Ballroom a few years back, when he was performing with his former group Brooklyn Academy. After a few chats we got together to do some tracks for both of our projects.“ – Chordz

PH introduced Chordz to GMS and Blitzkrieg, co-founders of MCMI Records.  Hearing great talent and potential, they decided to work with Chordz to release some music. Chordz’ first work on the indie label was a collaboration with GMS, who laid the musical foundations for the song FREEDOM: How We Get.

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The song is an ode to personal spiritual freedom, with production by GMS and vocals by Cordero. Besides making the beat, GMS plays flute on the track, while Chordz takes ’em to church with his original heartfelt lyrics about struggle, perseverance and redemption. Released digitally on January 15th, 2012, just in time for freedom fighter Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the song was very well received all over the world, getting airplay as far away as South Africa, where some producers put out an unofficial, unauthorized dance remix of the record. An official dance remake of the song is in the works and will appear on an upcoming project.

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After Freedom, Chordz dropped a project with label mate PH (“This Is Not a Tyler Perry Movie“) and an EP with DC producer JUDAH (“Catalyst: [E]volution (EP)“), on DubMD Promotions. The two projects received a flood of positive feedback from the blogosphere and have expanded Chordz audience, doing well throughout Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan, the UK and the United States.

In 2015, Chordz dropped “The HIGHBRED LP“, a collaboration with fellow MC Sir Manley and producer Boonie Mayfield, on MCMI Records. He is available for collabs and choruses and will be putting out more music soon.

 

@MCMIreport | @ChordzCordero

TALIB KWELI on Wayne’s “Emitt Till”, Ross’ Rape Lyric, Beyonce’s B-Word

This is actually a roundtable discussion, sans the actual table, between five people, but I couldn’t fit all that into a headline. Talib Kweli engages with HUFF POST LIVE host Marc Lamont Hill. News & Lifestyle Editor of Ebony.com Jamilah Lemeiux, Washington Post Columist Rahiel Tesfamariam and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist and Activist Rosa Clemente, as they discuss the recent controversial statements made by Rick Ross, being called “rape lyrics”, Lil Wayne’s “Emmett Till” reference and even Beyonce’s lyrics in her new song “Bow Down”. This is not “Street Soldiers” on HOT97. This is a sophisticated conversation between a group of educated intellectuals. Kwelirepresents Hip Hop and himself very well as he presents his case for critique of Ross and any artists who are miguided from a place of love and wanting them to change, rather than demonizing them as monsters.

There is plenty of debate as the five ask and attempt to answer “when do words cross the line and should lyrics be policed?” I must say this is one of the most intelligent healthy debates on the subject I have ever heard. Watching this video is definitely a good place for this discussion to start in our own lives, with our own friends and family, especially among the youth population who are heavy consumers of all of these artists’ music and are trying to come to grips with the lyrics as they figure out what is right and wrong, themselves. I salute all involved in making this, including Huffington Post. Share this and get the conversations started in your own community.

Stay blessed. – GMS
 


@TalibKweli | @GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport

HOMEBOY SANDMAN “FIRST OF A LIVING BREED” [ALBUM]

first-of-a-living-breedHomeboy Sandman is on tour in California promoting his new album, “First of a Living Breed”, but he will be on MCMI RADIO this Friday by remote, talking to us about his relationship with the label StonesThrow Records, his writing process, his previous music and of course the new album, which just dropped yesterday. Tune in Friday, 6pm – 8pm or click the link anytime after that to hear the show on demand. MCMI RADIO Ep 14

* UPDATE: Homeboy dropped some gems while on MCMI RADIO! Here it is:

This track, produced by Paul White, is not on “First of a Living Breed”, it’s a bonus track announcing the album to the world. One thing that I love about this album (besides of course the music), is that there is a Lyrics sheet to go along with it. I have always felt that all rap albums should come with a lyrics sheet. The whole point of Hip Hop is what it is that you have to say. If you have anything of value or interest to say then heads would want to read the lyrics as well as listen. A lot of (non-Hip Hop) albums I listened to from my parents vinyl collections when I was a kid had these. Cop the album as CD, MP3 or Vinyl, along with the lyrics sheet from the links below.

ALBUM: Stonesthrow | iTunes | Amazon
LYRICS: PDF
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Sweet 16’s DROID Songwriting APP (Great for MC’s!)

How many of us have struggled with having written a verse on a cell phone only to go in the booth and the font is too small, the backlight goes to sleep in the middle of a take, or you are trying to scroll down because the rhyme doesn’t all fit on the page? Well, here’s an app that addresses many of those problems, as well as helps you keep your verses and songs organized. Rather than explain it to you I’ll just let the video do the talking. Screenshots above, video below. Let us know what you think!

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!