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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 REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

For months friends and family of Robert “PH” Diaz petitioned to get the corner of the block that Rob grew up on co-named for him, speaking before Community Board 6, which voted to recommend the street co-naming to the Transportation Authority. After the Transportation Authority voted to approve the co-naming, the final decision went up to the City Council and ultimately New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who signs all street name changes into law, at City Hall.

On Thursday, February 25th, Mayor de Blasio made the announcement that Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Brooklyn will be renamed “Robert PH Diaz Way” in honor of the late great rapper PH, formerly known as Pumpkinhead. (See the video montage of the press conference at City Hall).

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The petition to co-name Degraw Street between 4th and 5th Avenue was strongly supported by Councilman Brad Landers and Craig Hammerman. Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo spoke of all of the people being honored with street co-namings, saying that it is “part of the healing process”, that this will “immortalize” them and is “changing the face of New York History”.

PH was known for his music, his legacy as a champion on the freestyle battle rap scene of the 90′s and the acapela battle rap scene that emerged later in the 2000′s. Beyond music he was loved and respected for using his connections and relationships to further many artists’ Hip Hop careers, for promoting Hip Hop culture and the battle rap scene and for producing many events, including several for charitable causes, from feeding and clothing the homeless, to raising money for asthma awareness.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

Shawntay Ocasio, PH’s surviving wife, thanked CB6, the Mayor, City Council, Councilman Landers and “everyone who helped honor my husband.”  ”I know Robert would be overwhelmed by all the support,” she added, noting the significance of the co-naming of “Hip Hop Way” in the Bronx, in honor of DJ Kool Herc and Hip Hop culture in general, on the same day, since PH ”worked endlessly to keep Hip Hop alive in New York City.”

Family friend Claudia Imperiale said that “Rob aka Pumpkinhead will forever be recognized and remembered in the city that he loved, in the neighborhood that made him who he was – Park Slope…. we love you Rob and you deserve this.”

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

The unveiling of the “Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way” street sign will take place at 11am, on Saturday April 23rd, 2016, on the corner of 5th Ave & Degraw (aka Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way), followed by a special celebration brunch party at Littlefield from 12 – 5pm. Several notable DJ’s who were friends of Robert and part of his career will be spinning, including Neil Armstrong, Mista Sinista, DP One, Joe Bodega, Cabin, Kilz and Suce (Sucio Smash). Food is being donated by local eateries including Mulina Ristorante Italiano, El Polittos, The V Spot vegan restaurant and the newly opened Fresh Bite Mediterranean Grill.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The party is a benefit fundraiser for Robert’s three children, his sons Raiden and Royce and newborn daughter Robbie Diaz, whom their mother Shawntay affectionately refers to as “My three R’s”. You can RSVP to the event, share stories, pics and music on the Facebook event page. Ticket’s to the party available at Ticketfly.

The song featured in the video of the press conference is King Latifah off of PH’s album KNOW THE LEDGE (MCMI Records). It is available on bandcamp, itunes, Amazon and all digital outlets. CD’s are available at UGHH. All proceeds from sales benefit Robert’s family, so you can also support by supporting his music and legacy.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

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MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

Full Disclaimer: I am one of the Executive Producers of this album, so my review is not objective. On the other hand, this album was created by The HighBred first and then brought to MCMI Records and when my partners and I heard it we immediately wanted to co-pilot, release this on our label, jointly with Intaphaze Records and Man@Work Productions. Why? Because its good music and good MCing. Pretty simple formula at MCMI, music is dope + the artist can “move the crowd”.

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) - THE RIDE feat. Zo' Kimoni (Official Video)

The production style, as you can hear, is organic, soulful, yet rugged, a perfect backdrop for gritty vocals filled with street knowledge, weed smoke and everyday struggles. Boonie Mayfield produced the entire album and he is a beast. All of the songs are tough but this one will make your face extra crunchy. Lyrically, nothing  pop and no cliche tough guy raps. Just truth, reality and attention to the craft of MCing. On top of that Chordz doubles on vocals for the chorus.

The video, directed by The HighBred themselves, with editing done by Chordz brother J’ Mel Lu, with some after touches by Sir Manley. If you haven’t see the first two videos off of this project, check out Original (We Remain) and How I See It.

HighBred (Chordz & Manley) - THE RIDE feat. Zo' Kimoni

The HighBred LP – Chordz Cordero & Sir Manley
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Off of The HighBred LP – MCMI Records / Intaphaze Records / Man@Work Productions

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HighBred (Chordz & Manley) – THE RIDE feat. Zo’ Kimoni (Official Video)

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!!!

- GMS

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