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MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

For months friends and family of Robert “PH” Diaz petitioned to get the corner of the block that Rob grew up on co-named for him, speaking before Community Board 6, which voted to recommend the street co-naming to the Transportation Authority. After the Transportation Authority voted to approve the co-naming, the final decision went up to the City Council and ultimately New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who signs all street name changes into law, at City Hall.

On Thursday, February 25th, Mayor de Blasio made the announcement that Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Brooklyn will be renamed “Robert PH Diaz Way” in honor of the late great rapper PH, formerly known as Pumpkinhead. (See the video montage of the press conference at City Hall).

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The petition to co-name Degraw Street between 4th and 5th Avenue was strongly supported by Councilman Brad Landers and Craig Hammerman. Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo spoke of all of the people being honored with street co-namings, saying that it is “part of the healing process”, that this will “immortalize” them and is “changing the face of New York History”.

PH was known for his music, his legacy as a champion on the freestyle battle rap scene of the 90’s and the acapela battle rap scene that emerged later in the 2000’s. Beyond music he was loved and respected for using his connections and relationships to further many artists’ Hip Hop careers, for promoting Hip Hop culture and the battle rap scene and for producing many events, including several for charitable causes, from feeding and clothing the homeless, to raising money for asthma awareness.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

Shawntay Ocasio, PH’s surviving wife, thanked CB6, the Mayor, City Council, Councilman Landers and “everyone who helped honor my husband.”  “I know Robert would be overwhelmed by all the support,” she added, noting the significance of the co-naming of “Hip Hop Way” in the Bronx, in honor of DJ Kool Herc and Hip Hop culture in general, on the same day, since PH “worked endlessly to keep Hip Hop alive in New York City.”

Family friend Claudia Imperiale said that “Rob aka Pumpkinhead will forever be recognized and remembered in the city that he loved, in the neighborhood that made him who he was – Park Slope…. we love you Rob and you deserve this.”

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

The unveiling of the “Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way” street sign will take place at 11am, on Saturday April 23rd, 2016, on the corner of 5th Ave & Degraw (aka Robert ‘PH’ Diaz Way), followed by a special celebration brunch party at Littlefield from 12 – 5pm. Several notable DJ’s who were friends of Robert and part of his career will be spinning, including Neil Armstrong, Mista Sinista, DP One, Joe Bodega, Cabin, Kilz and Suce (Sucio Smash). Food is being donated by local eateries including Mulina Ristorante Italiano, El Polittos, The V Spot vegan restaurant and the newly opened Fresh Bite Mediterranean Grill.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

The party is a benefit fundraiser for Robert’s three children, his sons Raiden and Royce and newborn daughter Robbie Diaz, whom their mother Shawntay affectionately refers to as “My three R’s”. You can RSVP to the event, share stories, pics and music on the Facebook event page. Ticket’s to the party available at Ticketfly.

The song featured in the video of the press conference is King Latifah off of PH’s album KNOW THE LEDGE (MCMI Records). It is available on bandcamp, itunes, Amazon and all digital outlets. CD’s are available at UGHH. All proceeds from sales benefit Robert’s family, so you can also support by supporting his music and legacy.

MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration

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MCMI REPORT: Robert PH Diaz Street Co-Naming Ceremony & Celebration April 23rd!

MCMI REPORT: Thirstin Howl 3rd – Word to My L’s – PH Memorial Concert @ Santos

Thirstin Howl 3rd – Word to My L’s – PH Memorial Concert @ Santos

Thirstin Howl the 3rd speaks about being in the studio with PH and Brooklyn Academy, their work ethic, then performs “Word to My L’s” to the packed crowd at  , for the PH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE CONCERT August 5th, 2015.

Thirstin Howl 3rd - Word to My L's - PH Memorial Concert

And I go to the studio with them, these n*ggas
is knockin’ out 5, 10 songs a day! That’s how I learned, that’s where I learned how to do it at first. Between Metaphor, Block, PH and all that, Icon – they really showed me how serious the pen game was when you come in the studio.

We got real hip Hop n*ggas in the buildin’
or what? (-cheers-) Make some f*ckin’ noise and put a “L” up if you love PH! Get yo’ motherf*ckin’ L’s in the air man. That’s word to my motherf*ckin’  L’s, man. Let me tell you somethin’ … Check it out right…

MGV without SJP we the same family, that’s
Word to my L’s …

The Brookyn streets to Miami beach, Polo Posse, that’s
Word to my L’s …

Love & Loyalty, Royalty, all you see, nobody goin’ for self, that’s word to my L’s…

Salute all generals, Heaven or Hell, wear the uniform well, that’s word to my L’s …

Check out Thirstin Howl the 3rd’s music and the new Lo Life’s Love & Loyalty gear at http://thirstinhowlthe3rd.com/

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

Shot by Bryan Scheiner from theBeeShine.com for MCMI.

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Thirstin Howl – Word to My L’s – PH Memorial Concert @ Santos

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”

MCMI REPORT: Memorial PH Tee Shirts Available (in Halloween colors!)

PH Commemorative Tee

Since the passing of Robert “PH” Diaz (also known to us as Pumpkinhead) on June 9th, the PH logo tee shirt has been the most popular selling MCMI Apparel tee shirt, as fans and friends alike have wanted something to commemorate the Underground King and also because 100% of the money made off of the shirt goes to the fund for his children.

PH Logo Red ShirtWhile we have had shirts with the regular logo available on our website (MCMIapparel.com) for awhile, in Red, White & Blue colors, the new shirt, with the added halo, symbolizing #FallenAngel, comes in Blue, White and Orange. Orange was always PH’s favorite color and for our upcoming BTG Halloween Monster Jam & Celebration of the Life & Rhymes of PH aka Pumpkinhead, we will have a limited run of the shirt available, seen here worn by close friends Rodney “LR Blitzkrieg” Willie (who designed the logo), Claudia “CL Smoothie” Imperiale and Malik “MrMecc” Rashawn. 

You can purchase the shirt in advance, along with the Poster, a ticket to the Oct. 28th event and a copy of PH’s last full length album “KNOW THE LEDGE”, as part of the PATRON PACKAGE (click for more info). These are LIMITED RUN shirts. We do not have them available anywhere online at this time, so this is the ONLY place you can get them.

If you see anyone wearing the shirt, you know they purchased it at an event. If you want one, see us at Behind the Groove Halloween Monster Jam and Celebration of the Life & Rhymes of PH aka Pumpkinhead, this Wednesday at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. DJ DP ONE & DJ KS 360 (aka Kwikstep) on the wheels.

Go to the event page on FACEBOOK for more information. #ripPH #BTGPH #LiveAtLPR

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