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MCMI REPORT: Special Halloween Dedication to PH (PUMPKINHEAD)! [Oct 28th]

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Full Circle Productions Inc  & MCMIreport.com present

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE & RHYMES OF PH aka PUMPKINHEAD!

You heard right, Behind The Groove @ Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), will be the place to be in NYC, Weds Oct 28th, as we celebrate the BTG Monster Jam in The Big Room! The house is gonna be rockin with DJing, Breakin, MCing, Graff, and Beatboxing as we hit you with a Live, All Hip Hop Elements Special Halloween Dedication to PH (PUMPKINHEAD)!

This is a special fundraising effort for our fallen Hip Hop souljah – a portion of all proceeds from this BTG event along with all donations will go to the PH Fund in order to help with his two sons and wife who is expecting his Baby Girl in November.

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For those of you who missed our PH Tribute Performance on Summer Stage at the Rock Steady Crew 38 Year Anniversary event, here it is. You can see it was an emotionally charged event.

This one will be a little different as we include the elements of visual art, breakin’ and even beatboxing. Special guests are being announced every few days on Facebook, so join the event page.

* * * SPECIAL VISUAL ART PERFORMERS * * *

Auctioning their Live Art for the cause are: Tomas Manon, Marthalicia Matarrita, Jorge A. Matarrita, Cern, Ralph Serrano, Albertus Joseph, Luis Perez, Fausto M. Ramos, Nelson 69 Seda & Sole Rebel.

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On top of all that, music will be provided by DJ’s DP ONE & KWIKSTEP (aka KS360) of Turntable Anihilists & Full Circle. You KNOW how they get down! There will also be prizes for best costume in this pre-Halloween “Monster Jam“. This is a great place to test out your costume before Saturday, dancing to the best breaks, dance classics, classic Hip Hop and of course, music by PH, the Underground King!

You can buy reduced advance tickets, as well as a “Patron Package” which includes admission, plus a PH Memorial Tee Shirt, PH Poster and the CD Album “Know The Ledge”! You can also donate at link provided below. THANK YOU!

Tickets Link: bit.ly/btgphtix | Donation Link: bit.ly/fundforph

Event on FACEBOOK | More about: Behind The Groove Halloween Monster Jam

Twitter & Instagram: @MCMIreport | @GMS_MCMI 

#ripPH #BTGPH #LiveAtLPR #BTGMonsterJam #BehindTheGroove #MCMI

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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq – Men of Respect ft Pumpkinhead, Torae, 8thW1


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Shabaam Sahdeeq’s new album Modern Artillery drops next Tuesday, October 13th! Shabaam is laying out all the stops with this release – graphic art, videos, Limitted cassette tape edition, a future vinyl pressing in the works, heavy hitting features (Torae, Ruste juxx, PH, Reef tha Lost Cause & more), with one producer – Big Ape – keeping the whole project cohesive.

I am looking forward to the rest of the album, but for now … this joint right here? … Shabaam Sahdeeq – Men of Respect is a really dope record. Sahdeeq’s flow is fresh and invigorated, like he is a new artist just coming out (can you believe this dude was on Rawkus Records Soundbombing? Then again, so were Eminem, Mos Def and Talib Kweli and they are not slowing down either). Big Ape’s production is crazy, heads will nod, no question and then you have Torae, 8thW1 (who I am unfamiliar with, but am feeling the verse) and from beyond the grave, the Underground King, Pumpkinhead aka PH.

I think I’ve said enough. You know what to do – hit play, feel the joint and get ready for the full project, Tuesday. After you check the single, peep the promo video, complete with animation style artwork of the features on the album.

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @ShabaamSahdeeq

MCMI REPORT: Phantasm (Cella Dwellas) – Shed No Tears (Official Video)

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Since the days of the Lyricist Lounge, when the Cella Dwellas were the hot up and coming group that we loved to hear freestyle on the radio, perform onstage and spit in the cyphers, I have admired the originality of these brothers U.G. and Phantasm (pka The Tallman). Their style was something new brought to the game and while there were some imitators, no one was ever able to duplicate their mixture of Realms & Reality (the name of their 1996 Debut album on LOUD Records). Since then, they have changed the group name to The Dwellas and also have put out solo work.

This time up to bat is Phantasm, taking on a subject that touches dear to my heart, the reality that all men must die and asking his friends and family to Shed No Tears when it is his time to go.

After the deaths of two comrades in the music industry, Pumpkinhead & Sean Price, the lyrical vet was inspired to write on this topic, thinking about his own mortality. Directed by Olise Forel for Moving Silence, the visuals are moving and as a friend of both PH and Sean Price (who the video is dedicated to), I was moved to tears, despite the title.

Glad to see this veteran spitter putting in work, telling the true stories that need to be told. This is real Hip Hop at its finest.

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @Phatasm | @celladwellas | @moving_silence | @OliseForel

R.I.P. Sean Price: Planet Apes + ‘Songs In The Key Of Price’ + Memorial Concert Info

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We are hit this summer with another tragic loss, this time Boot Camp Click and Duck Down Records powerhouse, SEAN PRICE aka Sean P aka Ruk from HELTAH SKELTAH. Our hearts go out to his wife and 3 kids, his rhyme partner Rockness, the whole label and staff, friends and family. Sean was a friend to MCMI and was close friends with PH (Pumpkinhead) who passed away 2 months earlier, so a lot of mutual friends of both of them are left with that “wtf?” feeling, like “what is really going on?” We are losing our people – good people – who were close to us in friendship and who were champions of this thing we call Hip Hop, pushing the culture forward with every rhyme, every album or mixtape, even skits, freestyles and jokes.

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But Sean P left us a lot of great music, so we have to celebrate his life, much in the same way as we celebrate PH. For those who want to donate directly to Sean Price wife and kids, you can do that here, but you can also support by purchasing his music. As an independent artist on an independent label (Duck Down), your purchases are guaranteed to support his family, while at the same time bringing you joy, listening to his music.

Sean Price music is like fried chicken, collard greens and mac n cheese. If you love Hip Hop, you can’t get enough of it. He was an inspiration to all of us who do this (from your most underground “backpack” rapper to Jay Z), because he did it for the love of the music. That sounds cliche, but it’s true. Listen to him on the radio, in interviews he skips past all the marketing, the “fans get to know you as a person” stories, and just proclaims, “I just rap. I’m here to rap. I’m the nicest at this, nobody can F— with me. That’s it.” That’s all he cared about, being the best lyricist, the dopest MC, and he maintained that standard up until his last day.

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We are so lucky that Sean Price was actually finished with his next project! They were planning his album release party for “Songs In The Key Of Price”, when he left us so suddenly. You can get the single Sean Price: Planet Apes or the full album, itself or in a package that includes the Songs In The Key of Price CD + digital MP3 download, Sean Price ‘Key’ bottle opener, P! socks, Songs In The Key of Price T-shirt, and RIP! T-shirt. The first 100 orders will receive an autographed copy of the Songs in The Key of Price CD.

Sean Price That's Hard CK shirt 2 copySean Price was there for MCMI many times, when we needed him. He rocked the COUNTY OF KINGS tee-shirt in Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun’s video for “That’s Hard,” (featuring Sean Price and Styles P). He collaborated with PH on Batterin’ Bars, on his album Mic Tyson. He was the first to tell us he wanted to perform at the Pumpkinhead Memorial Tribute Concert. That night, I got word from Royal Flush that Sean could not make it. I knew he wouldn’t have missed that show for the world, so I was a little concerned about if he was okay. Three days later, Sean was called to Paradise. He was 43 years old and survived by his wife and 3 children. #DejaVu all over again.

And so, once again too soon, we have a trending hashtag, numerous articles and radio stations playing tributes to a great lyricist. (Sidebar: Why does it take tragedy for radio to suddenly be filled with great Hip Hop music?)

Several years ago, we through a fundraiser for the Robin Hood Foundation, MCMI Presents Vol. VII, which Sean Price headlined for us, with Pumpkinhead, Hydra, Shabaam Sahdeeq, DJ Evil Dee and some others. Even though neither Sean nor none of us were millionaires, it was all for charity. Sean Price SOB's Flyer MCMI Presents

That’s the type of person he was. When his brother PH called him for the favor, to headline the bill for a good cause, he was there.

Now we are gearing up for the SEAN PRICE MEMORIAL SHOW @ S.O.B’s, August 27th. Tickets available at: tktwb.tw/1PiOwQB. All proceeds will be donated to the family.

RIP Sean Price

Salute Sean Price, one of the nicest and one of the nicest, on the mic and off of it. An MC’s MC. A father, husband and friend to many. We are proud to have heard him utter the words “MCMI, people call me Sean.” R.I.P. Sean Price. Your music and legacy live on forever. #ripSeanP #ripSeanPrice #RestInParadise

@GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport | @DuckDownMusic

PH TRIBUTE: Rock Steady Crew 38th Ann. 7/26/15

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In the past month, there have been several amazing Tribute’s to our fallen brother PH aka Pumpkinhead aka Robert Diaz. A few that stand out to me are the E.O.W. MC Challenge of Champions, which PH was scheduled to participate in, where members of The Plague, Brooklyn Ac and Team Homi performed each of the rounds of the challenge, in the name of the Underground King. There was also the Legendary Cypher, in Union Square, which was attended by hundreds of friends, as well as PH’s wife and two sons, the eldest of whom spit a rhyme for his dad. Lot’s of people kicked rhymes in the cypher and it was a blessed event. Then there was the PH TRIBUTE MEMORIAL “All White Party” at Littlefield, Brooklyn, in Park Slope, one block from where PH grew up.

Several other events spontaneously happened all over, as well as numerous Radio Show tributes. It was all love and all proceeds have been going to the Fund for PH, which was set up by LR Blitzkrieg of MCMI, to provide money for PH’s children.

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The next PH Tribute will be a set performed at RockSteady Crew 38th Anniversary concert, by friends and family, in Central Park. Big up to DJ Eclipse for reaching out to facilitate this and to Crazy Legs and the whole Rock Steady Crew, who PH and MCMI have been down with for years and always attend and participate in, regardless. This was one of PH’s many “homes” within Hip Hop culture and it is an honor to bless the stage for PH and his family, to further promote his musical legacy.

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There will be more events throughout the summer, honoring our beloved friend and fellow Hip Hop artist, PH, so check MCMIreport.com for updates and subscribe to MCMI REPORT newsletter to be notified by email.

#ripPH #ripRobertDiaz #ripPumpkinhead | bitly.com/FundForPH to contribute

* To SPONSOR or otherwise get involved in the PH TRIBUTE MEMORIAL CONCERT being organized, contact us at mcmireport [at] gmail.com