MCMI‘s own PH went up against up and coming battle MC, Dirt at Grindtime now‘s March Madness 2. After 3 rounds of pure fire by both MC’s it was clear that PH came out the victor. Be on the lookout for PH’s new mixtape “Know the ledge” the prequel to his new album “The revenge of Radames” out soon on MCMI Records.
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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!
Rahiem Drinkwater was on hand at “Wreck the Halls”, the GrindTime East Coast division battles at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, so of course you know PH asked him to be a celbrity judge, along with his cousin, Rob N. Banks. Shout out to Poison Pen, Sara Kana, Team Homi and all the MC’s there that night.
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I’ve been waiting for the March Madness 2 videos to be ready! This event was simply amazing. Some of the best battles I’ve heard in a loooong time and to start things off here is the Marvwon (Detroit) vs. Ness Lee (Atlanta) battle. 25 minutes of pure heat. Here’s what Grind Time founder Drect had to say:
The first battle from GTNY’s “Most Hated” Tournament, where 8 emcees are battling for a shot to take their music careers to the next level as a recurring act on Immortal Technique ‘s “Middle Passage Tour.”
Please note: Someone in the crowd fainted during Marvwon’s 3rd round and cause a major distraction, which affected the last round of the battle.
This battle features two of the best battle rappers/song crafter combinations in the country: Marvwon & Ness Lee. Marv brings a witty style with a street edge to the table, while Ness focuses on wordplay, metaphors & lyracism. Definetly a matchup for the ages!
Video and preview of some of the other battles after the jump! (more…)
CADALACK RON VS MONEY BAGZ
P.Stacks vs. Cannon Jones
Sour D vs. Norm Bates
Diggz vs. Stainless
Mister Sell vs. Mantix
Nameless vs. Red Freck
Prof Ac vs. Chemical Ali
Dspiize vs. S. Gram
Nova Greezy vs. Rhyno Da Great
Hosted By Posion Pen, PH & Sara Kana
All-Star Freestyle Cypher: DNA/Amzilla/Kilenm/CF/Verse/Vicciâ€¦â€¦â€¦..
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MUSIC By DJ Brownâ€¦
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