This is an important lesson for kids and young men growing up, about choices and making the right one. Decisions you make in life can make you or break you and let’s face it – decisions and choices are about the only thing we can truly control. You can’t change what you were born into. You can’t change what other people think and do. To quote Gandoff in Lord of the Rings,
“All weÂ have toÂ decide is what toÂ do with the time that isÂ given to us.”
Masta Ace takes us down memory lane to share a personal story in which one day he was asked to ride out with some homies who were up to no good. Who knows what may have happened if he had made a different decision about what to do with his time. I’m glad for him and for his contributions to Hip Hop music that he made a good choice.
Here’s a dope a cappella verse from Baltimore MC Substantial, reppin’ QN5 Music and The PLAGUE all day! This oughta hold you over until Pt. 2 of his Exclusive MCMI Interview drops in 2weeks. Â Click to watch Pt 1 of the Interview.
I should be your 1st pick, long before the 2nd interview, 3rd LP’s a “4 out of 5” minimum, Even with short pockets stood taller than a Sentinel, Drive is uncanny, not your average individual, Think I graduated from the “Xavier Institute”, but School of Hard Knocks’ where I took my classes, where I got my Masters of Ceremony Tactics, My Poor Righteous Teachers taught me to make only classics, you might know me as this, educator and a vocalist, but who the hell you know’s a team player AND a soloist? Can dress to impress but I’m “fly” when I’m “plane”, I’m too thorough if I quit you would hire me a-gain, so fire ’em if they lame, I’ve come for what’s mine, work around the clock, I can keep up with the time since elemntary I’ve flipped the dub from a Dime, While they get the pink-slip, I get get the W-9.
I have a good idea of what goes into design and creation of sneakers, having once attended a middle school apprenticeship given by Nike (shout out to Citizenschools.org), but this video released by New Era Cap Company gives you a look into the fitted cap design process. Pretty cool. Shouts to 4U House of Fitted owner Liang Huang. Gonna have to look into some MCMI fitted caps in the near future! That’s whassup!
MCMI’s own PH took first place inÂ TROJAN and LUDACRIS‘ rap contest called “Magnum Live Large Project 2″, which had competitions in Detroit, San Francisco, Miami and NYC. The New York one was held at Highline Ballroom, on April 4th, 2011Â and pitted 16 MCs against each other, not spittin’ battle raps like they do in GrindTime, but competing in three categories: a capella verse, freestyle off the dome and performance of an original song.
For those who don’t know,Â PH (formerly “Pumpkinhead”) is also aÂ GrindTimeNow battler. PH was the GrindTime East Coast President for awhile, but passed the torch to current President Poison Pen, so that he could step in the ring a few more times. He also is a 2 time Braggin’ Rites title holder, 2 time EOW MC Challenge winner, EOW Challenge of Champions winner (he went against all the other champions and came out on top), came in 2nd in the infamous BLAZE Battle and has recently won battles in the GrindTIme and KOTD (King of the DOT) leagues, so he’s versatile and can compete in multiple formats.
Trojan’s “Magnum Live Large” Project is not an MC battle, but an “EMCEE COMPETITION”. What’s cool about it is you get to freestyle and also do one of your songs. Plus you spit accapela one round, so everyone definitely hears every word of your verse, with no beat to play a factor. Whether you’re nice off the top, can write a killer verse, or are really good at putting a song together, you get a chance to put your best foot -Â er,Â rhyme – forward. Besides MCing, there also were B-Boy , Graffiti and DJ elements and even an educational panel discussion. Check out the NYC Highlights video:
The Â judges for the New York event were either MC’s or C.E.O’s of reputable Hip Hop companies, from East and West, North and South, so we had people who really knew what they were listening to. There was Opio from Souls of Mischief (Cali), Prince Po from Organized Konfusion (Queens), J-Live (Philly), Danny Castro from the Legendary Lyricist Lounge (Brooklyn), Mad Illz, who reps Florida and is one of the C.E.O.’s of GrindTime, and R.A. the Rugged Man (Long Island). 14 hungry MC’s and one singer, who jumped in the contest to get some light, performed Â their hearts out in hopes of winning the money and going to Miami to perform with Ludacris. The event was hosted by local hostÂ Posion Pen (GrindTime, Stronghold), and tour hostsÂ Othello and Rahman Jamaal.
AllÂ PH’s rounds were strong, obviously, or he wouldn’t have been able to win, but the performance of his song “Oxygen” (video after the jump) really rocked the crowd. From the beat to the hook to the subject matter, the audience showed a lot of love.Â PH’s delivery and stage skills from years of touring the States and abroad, allowed him to tear down the stage effortlessly for the New York crowd.
Videos of PH’s song “Oxygen” that he performed live that night, plus his a capella round, both of which have not been previously released, after the jump!
Inspired by the classic B.I.G./Jay Z song of the same name, MCMIreport.com has released the promo mixtape “BROOKLYNâ€™S FINEST Vol.1: This is Hip Hop. This is Brooklyn.”, a timeless mix showcasing the very best of Brooklyn bred hip hop and the boro’s vast array of anthems.
DP ONE (TURNTABLE ANIHILIST / HEAVY HITTERS / THE PLAGUE) and Â GMS (MCMI / HYDRA / THE PLAGUE) seamlessly mix old school, new school, underground and mainstream, with a couple of exclusive remixes.
Exclusive HYDRA joint and DOWNLOAD LINK for the whole Mixtape after the jump.