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MCMI Report: PUMPKINHEAD – Park Slope Renaissance: Vol 1 (Re-released!)

MCMI Report: PUMPKINHEAD – Park Slope Renaissance: Vol 1 (Re-released!)

Back by popular demand, the once out of stock RARE mixtapes are again available!

For years, even before his transition in 2015, many of PUMPKINHEAD’s classic Mixtapes had sold out and were not available as CD’s or digital downloads. Some of the songs can be found here and there on Youtube or a bootleg free downloads website, but several of them are considered RARE and cannot be found anywhere. The few copies that were on ebay for hundreds of dollars have long been sold.

MCMI Report: PUMPKINHEAD - Park Slope Renaissance: Vol 1 (Re-released!)

At Robert PH Diaz‘ widow’s request, MCMI is excited to put these classic Pumpkinhead mixtapes back into rotation! These collections were curated by Pumpkinhead himself. They contain original songs that never made an album, freestyles and songs recorded over known beats, and songs he would record just for those mixtapes, to hold his fans over between his major releases.

Every couple of weeks, we will be uploading another of PH’s classic mixtapes. We already have My Era: No Skinny Jeans Allowed (which comes with a high quality download of his video for That’s That Sh*t!) and now Park Slope Renaissance: Vol 1 is available, at PHmcmi.bandcamp.com, where you can also find his latest singles and albums and other past works.

The cover of the Park Slope Renaissance mixtapes Pt 1 & 2 (pt 2 will be released in 2weeks!) were done by MCMI’s LR Blitzkrieg, who will be dropping a solo album #OuttaNowhere, soon, with a song featuring PH and the legendary MOP. The photo is in front of the actual Marlboro sign on the corner bodega of the block PH grew up on, Degraw St & 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, which as you may already know will forever be know as Robert “PH” Diaz Way, thanks to our petition brought to the City Council by Councilman Brad Lander and signed into law by Mayor De Blasio last year.

All proceeds of the mixtapes (and his entire MCMI catalogue) go to PH’s surviving three children, Raiden, Royce & Robbie, so go download some music, listen to some powerful Hip Hop and look to the East for that orange moon over Brooklyn!

#ripPH #PHforever #PHamily #MCMI

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MCMI Report: PUMPKINHEAD – Park Slope Renaissance: Vol 1 (Re-released!)

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & RestyledMCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & RestyledAt MCMI Records, we do most of our recording, mixing and mastering out of one studio. We have for years. The reason? We trust the ear, experience and skill of our chief engineer, Dennis Mitchell.

Dennis is an old school studio engineer who can build compression strips, microphones and mixing boards, make his own cables, build computers and set up speakers and soundproofing for optimum mixing. He’s been recording since AMPEX reels back in the day, but knows the latest hardware and software and is always up to date. Simply put, he is one of the best. Rockafella had Young Guru on the boards; MCMI has Dennis Mitchell.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

Paying his dues at the big studios like Firehouse, INS, Chung King, Electric Ladyland and others, Dennis tracked or mixed sessions for Das EFX, SWV, Wu-tang Clan and many other notable artists.

When Dennis set up his own studio, in an apartment in Park Slope, HYDRA went there. The location didn’t matter. Our mixes came out awesome, with balanced vocals, thumping kicks and punchy snares. His analogue compression modules, and knowledge of frequencies, and his ear (actually, both of them), created amazing results.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

When the studio relocated to 626 Carlton Avenue, in a bigger, dedicated, space (no longer his apartment), we set up shop and started working on out music from Hydra, PH (aka Pumpkinhead), Chordz Cordero, MrMecc, Archrival and other artists down with The Plague and MCMI. The sound was great, Dennis works fast and we got a lot done.

The only thing lacking in that studio was the vocal booth was tiny (could only hold one person) and even the mixing station was very small. Four or five people and you were packed in like sardines. Sill, a lot of artists recorded great music there, including … Young M.A, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Troy Ave and others.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

In 2016, Dennis decided to expand the studio and take it to the next level. He tore down the walls, redid the ceilings and floors and even moved the heating system to create more space. Now the mixing room can accommodate a lot more people, the sound booth can hold a group of people, plus instruments and he has a nice lounge which doubles as a live room or Podcast/Radio show, when needed. Whether you sing, rap or are a DJ making a mixtape, you can record live, mix, have your tracks mastered, even apply autotune or melodine. Stonebrown does it all.

This Tuesday, March 28th, will be an OPEN HOUSE from 7pm – 10pm, for all artists, producers and DJ’s who want to come through, see the new look, play your music through their system and talk to Dennis about your projects’ needs. Special deals will be made, for those who attend. It costs nothing, but you MUST RSVP, to StoneBrownStudios (at) gmail, in order to attend. Once a certain number of people is reached, the list will close, but StoneBrown will be having producer listening sessions in the future, so there will be more opportunities.

MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn - Remixed & Restyled

If you want to book studio time, you can take advantage of the online Google STUDIO calendar to see what days/times are available and then call, email or text 917 349 0524 to book your session. Use Code “MCMI” for DISCOUNT on first session!

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MCMI REPORT: Stonebrown Studios Brooklyn – Remixed & Restyled

PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

 PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

The 3rd STONE BLUES music video, directed by Soul Mazonz Films

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Fly Away / 3rd Stone Blues Double A – Side + Video featuring PH (R.I.P) and Chordz Cordero, is available in stores now, for DJ’s, fans and PHamily, with lots of extras and bonuses!

* Single and Video release party! Thursday, Sept 22nd, 7pm – 10pm at KARMA.

You can find both songs separately on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, Rdio, Deezer, Beats/MediaNet, and Shazam. But we created a special Double A-Side package, which both songs, Fly Away (Explicit and Clean), 3rd Stone Blues (clean), cover desings, lyric sheets, 3rd Stone Blues music video & more.

PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

Profits go to PH’s kids, so by purchasing you are helping support his two sons, Raiden and Royce and the newest edition to the PHamily, Lil Robbie.

Over a year ago we lost a true Legend in the game, Robert “PH” Diaz aka Pumpkinhead. His family lost a father, husband, brother, son, nephew and uncle.

At MCMI, we lost lost a best freind and business partner, President of A&R at the label and musical collaborator with our crew The PLAGUE. We have had vigils, concerts, memorials and tributes in his name – and there will be more – but what the WORLD has cried out for most has been his music!

PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

There have been collaborations that came out, which we were grateful to hear Rob’s voice on, such as Apathy’s “Amon RAW” and Bad Seed’s “5 Minutes“, but now at long last, the new PH song “FLY AWAY” featuring Chordz Cordero, produced by Leyone Tracks, is here! Add it to your collection.

Fly Away / 3rd Stone Blues Double A – Side + Video – EXCLUSIVE on Bandcamp! (pre-order NOW!)

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PH & Chordz Cordero: FLY AWAY / 3RD STONE BLUES Double A-side + Video

MCMI REPORT: Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

After a brief hiatus from rap to work on some films and a web series, Corey Pierson, aka Bad Seed is back with what he calls one final album. Inspired by the loss of his close friend and crew member Robert PH Diaz last year, Seed decided to toss his hat int he ring one last time. This time it’s personal. Executive produced by PH, Bad Seed brings you COREYOGRAPHY.

The first single off the album is BELT OFF, produced by NOTTZ, for which a video will be dropping shortly. If that track is any indication, fans are not going to be disappointed by this new album. With beats by NottzMarco Polo, Will Tell and other dope producers, this is definitely one of his finest works.

After listening to an advance copy of the album, I have to say one of my personal favorite tracks is Are They OK, produced by Tone Jonez, about losing so many of our favorite artists recently, from Prince to Phife, and wondering about Sade, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan and other musical treasures. ‘Keep Bouncin‘, produced by Dr, No, is a tight ‘down the line‘ track, with Seed, Mic Handz and Mims, spittin’ bars over a hot beat.

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Then there are concept songs ‘Django Unfiltered, about feeling like a slave to our 9 to 5, F*ck Cancer, about losing loved ones to the cursed disease. All in all it is a very well rounded album, giving us just the right balance meaningful content and hard beats and rhymes. At first because of the title, ‘Coreyography’, I thought it would be more autobiographical, but I see now, it actually touches on different things that Seed feels strongly about, different sides of Corey.

In the song ‘5 Minutes’, Seed airs out his feelings about the old Makin’ Records crew, which had differences and went their separate ways long ago. He references “307”, meaning 307 Clinton, which was the old Makin’ headquarters, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Half way through the song, the beat changes and the late great PH drops some poignant lyrics, mentioning Makin’ Records and his transition to partner in MCMI Records, years later.

The album drops July 8th, on all digital outlets…iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon – all the usual suspects. The single is available on those outlets as well.

Check out the interview below.

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MCMI REPORT: BAD SEED “BELT OFF” (prod. NOTTZ) off Final Album COREYOGRAPHY]

BAD SEED “BELT OFF” (prod. NOTTZ)

BAD SEED - BELT OFF prod NOTTZ

The Bad Seed first leapt on the scene in the late 90’s as part of Makin’ Records roster, (which included the late great Pumpkinhead #ripPH). He released a few underground singles solo and with O.B.S (Seed, PH, Magnum P), with guest appearances by Jean Grae and others, but it was after he put out the phenomenal records he did with the producer NOTTZ, that Bad Seed started to garner acclaim and recognition as a major part of the East Coast Hip Hop movement. Those first few records included “Uhhnnh,” “Would You Luh Me?” and “For The Kids.”

uhhnnh bad seedFor the kides bad seed

With placements on both Funk Flex’s “The Mix Tape, Vol. IV” in 2000 and DJ Kay Slay’s “The Streetsweeper Vol. 2” in 2004, Seed continued to put out self-produced mixtapes, drop albums on independent labels and make recordings with the Plague, all of which gained him a strong rep for quality music. When his close friend Mims made a splash with the hit record “This Is Why I’m Hot,” in 2007, Seed went on tour with him, supporting him as hype man and opening act. This is how Seed was able to release several dope independent products over the years, keeping his name out there, putting in consistently good work.

Then couple of years ago, Bad Seed, also known as Corey Pierson started acting in some online and straight to DVD movies, which he then was inspired to also write and direct. You can check out two of his film projects the Book of Job web movie and Thin Black Line (about police brutality and corruption), which actually got a theatrical release in upstate NY.

In 2015, the passing of his long time friend and former musical collaborator, PH, inspired Corey to pick up his mic once again and finish his long awaited final Hip Hop album, Coreyography, executive produced by PH. The album has gems on it, including songs featuring PH, MIMS, MIC HANDZ, JERZEY and MR. SHA, with production by VES, TONE JONEZ, NY BANGERZ , MARCO POLO, DP, DR NO and WILL TELL, but first out of the gate is this banger produced by NOTTZ! 

Disrespect I won’t tolerate or deal with
Especially if them muthafuckers still kids
I ain’t ya age lil nigga go do ya homework
I was bangin when niggas was wearin long shirts
I was whylin when niggas was really on turfs
Yep, when snitchin get ya sister and ya mom murked
I ain’t ya peer lil nigga go get ya daddy
He dont wanna fight he talkin ’bout ADD ME
Puttin it out there
It is what it is
Tell shorty respect his elders cuz i beat people’s kids!

Being a seasoned veteran, Seed takes shots at the disrespectful, talent lacking, younger generation, not of MC’s or artists, but just kids in general these days. He let’s them know, if they get outta line, the belt is coming off!! Lol. Hardcore with a wry sense of humor is what Seed was always known for and this project does deliver.  Full Album set to drop July 8, 2016.

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BAD SEED “BELT OFF” (prod. NOTTZ)