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Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

This is a Hip Hop Fest you don’t want to miss!

World Underground is having their Inaugural Festival this week at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens this Wednesday through Friday, August 29th – 31st, featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dave East, Azealia Banks & over 40 of the top underground emcees in the game. The festival was created by Armani Cooper, co-creator of Team Backpack.  

Besides the headliners, there will also be

  • Music Conference (Guest Speakers from Lyricist Lounge and GPME agency)
  • International Emcee competition (10k$ grand prize and tour)
  • 3-Day Concert Series (featuring 40+ of your favorite EMCEES!)
  • Beat battles
  • Live hip-hop ciphers

I have to give it to them, they have great headliners, as well as actual underground artists as their title advertises. Many of these acts I have never heard of – hence “underground” – but at the same time, there are enough who I know to be legit, such as Locksmith, Ren Thomas, Mad Squablz, Chris Rivers and the Skull N Tones DJ crew, to name a few, that I expect to hear quality. They are exposing underground artists to new audiences, which is really what a fest that claims to be “underground” is supposed to do, salute to everyone involved.

You can get TICKETS to individual performances you care about, get a 1 day pass for $100 or a 3 day pass for $200. $10,000 for the Emcee Competition is a nice purse, so that should be a heated competition! More info, a detailed line up and instructions for the Emcee competition can be found on their website: worldunderground.com.

Here are some more artists and DJ’s you will see at the festival:

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

Raekwon, Ghostface, Dave East & Azealia Banks to Headline World Underground Festival

 

MCMI REPORT: Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party – #AFROPUNK B.O.T.B #JWP

Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

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Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

Over the past year, since his amazing run on Season 15 of American Idol, where he finished in the Top 8, Qaasim Middleton has been quietly developing his material, working on his debut album with his Hip Hop/Funk/Rock fusion band Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party.

Tonight, that band will be put to the test, as they compete in the AFRO PUNK Battle of the Bands, a black rock contest where the winning band gets to open for the headliners at the AFRO PUNK FEST, in Brooklyn, NYC.

Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

As we saw on Idol, Qaasim has a huge range of styles that he can do. He can wild out on Rock classics like The Beatles ‘Come Together’, bring the ‘Uptown Funk’ , can also get quiet and soulful, with just his voice and an accoustic guitar, or give you barz and wordplay with a Hip Hop verse. But which is the true Qaasim?

Being that he sings, dances, raps and produces his own Hip Hop tracks, the question is, which one will we see tonight? The Entertainer, the Rocker, the MC, the Joker? Or all of the above? We will have to see for ourselves tonight at the Afro Punk Battle of the Bands, in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Qaasim Joker come Together

Tickets & Info: Eventbrite

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Qaasim & the Juggernaut War Party

MCMI REPORT: FEELIN’ PURPLE – A Prince PH Party

Prince PH Party

Soul Babees Present … A Prince PH Party
Saturday June 11th 2016 10pm

FEELIN’ PURPLE

A Tribute to two musical Legends who both loved the color Purple.

DJs Soulfinger Sam | DP One | GMS

Live Painting: Imelity | Stephanie Gerber | Fitzroy Joseth | Sophhia Rejnick

Hosted by Sir Richard Young & Von J

@ Madison Square Tavern
150 West 30th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, New York 10001

PRINCE PH PARTY

RSVP: Facebook

TICKETS: $10 Online (more at door!)

MCMI Report: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter to My Boy PH” [PH Memorial Concert]

UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter to My Boy PH”

UG of Cella Dwellas performs a heartfelt “Letter to my boy PH” at the PH Memorial Tribute Concert at Santos Party House in Manhattan, August 5th, 2015. First UG, which stands for “UndaGround”, also known as the producer P90 Ug, spoke from the heart to our risen Champion PH.

Real quick, five seconds … Letter to my
boy PH.

Dear PH,

I know its kinda hard for you to look down and see everybody rockin’ out, but know we just love you. I know people would never see us together as much, but I just want you to be proud of your Team Homi, in takin’ care of your family, good. We all love you in here. We all represent for you, nahmsayin’?

So, I just you to know I love you and I’m about to turn up for you, nahmsayin’? Word up! Let’s do it! Let’s do it, Let’s go to the next one. I’m ready now. I’m ready…

UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter to My Boy PH"

UG then proceeded to get the audience to “Wile out! …” and spit a verse which sounded like it might be off his upcoming album “Portals“, which he has been working on, quiet as kept, and which should be out soon.

UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter to My Boy PH"

On another note, if you are looking for heat, beatwise or a feature, holler at UG aka P90. In fact, go friend him on Facebook and you can hear a sampling of some of his beats, as he posts beat videos all the time. That’s how I can to snatch one of his beats up recently, for a song I am working on. He has fire. Go see for yourself.

FUND for PH: http://bit.ly/fundforph

#ripPH #MCMI #MCMIreport #CellaDwellas #P90 #RestInPower #Pumpkinhead #Portals #UG

Footage courtesy of Bryan from theBeeShine.com

Also check out: Thirstin Howl 3rd: “Word to My L’s”

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UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter to My Boy PH”

MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter To My Boy PH” [PH Memorial Concert]

MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter To My Boy PH”

UG of Cella Dwellas performs Letter To My Boy PH at the PH Memorial Tribute  Concert at Santos Party House in Manhattan, August 5th, 2015. #ripPH #MCMI #MCMIreport #CellaDwellas #RestInPower #Pumpkinhead

MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter To My Boy PH"

This is one part of an incredible Hip Hop set at the PH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE CONCERT, thrown by the PH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE COMMITTEE. In the event, we matched up groups of MC’s to perform super-sets together, each artist contributing one part to the set. This is U.G. of the CellaDwellas. Also in that set were Mic Handz and Skyzoo – videos coming soon.

First, U.G. sets the mood with some choice words for our fallen angel PH aka PUMPKINHEAD, then spits fire over a crazy beat, but not before hyping the crowd with some energetic call and response. This is MC-ing at its best, for a good cause. We call this one “Letter to My Boy PH”. Shout out to U.G. and all the artist who rocked that night. You raised money for his kids, you raised his wife’s spirits and all of ours as well, as we poured our hearts out in the music, for our brother PH.

MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter To My Boy PH"For those of you who are not familiar with Cella Dwellas, the group consists of U.G. & Phantasm. These lyrically gifted brothers came to fame as a staple of the lyricists Lounge in the early 90′s and then got a record deal with LOUD in ’94. They were also known to body Stretch & Bobbito’s world renowned radio show with freestyles and appeared on Lyricist Lounge’s Underground Airplay cassette’s that came with Ecko Clothing back in the day. Their first single on Loud, “Land of the Lost” is hailed as a classic. They also dropped “The GoodDwellas” and “Perfect Match” off of that first album, but personally I feel the whole album is classic. If that was before your time, or you missed it, go do your research. The album is bangin’!


MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter To My Boy PH"
In the 2000’s the group shortened their name to The Dwellas and dropped The Last Shall Be First, also on LOUD Records. That album also got rave reviews, so go check for it.  Since then, U.G. and Phantasm have made many guest appearances, released group songs as well as solo material. The styles are updated, but the skills are still next level.

MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) "Letter To My Boy PH"

You can check out Phantasm’s recent release, Shed No Tears (which is dedicated to PH and fellow Decepticon Sean Price).

We will be putting up another clip from that night each week, so stay tuned and subscribe to MCMIreport Youtube Channel, for Hip Hop events, interviews, behind the scenes videos, and more, if you haven’t already. Shout out to Bryan form theBeeShine.com who shot this footage for us.

Stay blessed!

-GMS

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MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter to My Boy PH”
MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter To My Boy PH”
MCMI REPORT: UG (Cella Dwellas) “Letter To My Boy PH”