Finally The Slum Village Crew returns to NYC with some changes Minus Elzhi and introducing the Brother of Legendary Producer/MC Dilla, Illa J yesss people Illa J is the New member of SV him and T3 will be rocking the stage in WIlliamsburgh Brooklyn at the New Knitting Factory . Funny thing is last time I saw Slum Village with all original members Dilla, Baatin, T3 its was at the Old Knitting Factory in Manhattan , I am looking foward to seeing how they mesh as a group. Also Performing The White House Band, 85th, EMS Crew, Nappy Hair, Jaylana, The Kid Blaze see you guys there!
Slum Village Iive on 7/21/11 @Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan ave. , Brooklyn Ny Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Doors: 7:30 pm / Show 8pm Â $20 Get your tickets HERE
QN5 MEGASHOW 2011: EVOLUTION
2011â€™s Megashow marks a pivotal turning for us, as we celebrate a decade-plus of musical independence and multiple critically acclaimed releases. To mark this occasion, this yearâ€™s theme is Evolution. Eschewing the traditional â€˜one by oneâ€™ line-up of previous years, the collective will be performing a â€˜history of QN5â€™ in a collaborative format â€“ year by year â€“ that reaches for a peek into the future as well. Along the way, there will be plenty of special guests, special treats, and energy that have made the QN5 Megashow THE Hip Hop showcase of the year.
QN5 MEGASHOW 2011: EVOLUTION
Friday, August 19, 2011
THE ENTIRE QN5 ROSTER LIVE ON STAGE PERFORMING â€˜A HISTORY OF QN5â€™: CUNNINLYNGUISTS // TONEDEFF // PACKFM // SUBSTANTIAL // MR. SOS // KOKAYI // DJ JS-1 + SPECIAL GUESTS
If you don’t know who Ike P is, this song will give you a quick tour into the mind of a true street MC, who is cut from a cloth they don’t make anymore. As a Harlem representer , 1/2 of Heatrock Monstahz (the other half being Swave Sevah) and founder of Â Team Homi (well known crew in the battle circuit), Ike P steps off on this solo mission to throw all the bullshit rappers into traffic on this track. Prod by V-Don who’s production credits include Jadakiss/Vado amongst others. Bump this if your into Real NYC Street Hop. Grab a 40 and a blunt and get ready …. in the words of Ike P – Fuck Outta Here !!!
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!