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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

Okay, I admit that headline was just to grab your attention. It could have read “SHABAAM SAHDEEQ IS BACK WITH A BANGER OF AN ALBUM WITH BEATS THAT ARE CRAZY AND FEATURING PLANET ASIA, MASTA ACE, MILANO CONSTANTINE, RAS KASS, EL GANT, J57, NICK WIZ, EL DA SENSEI & MORE!” True, that’s a little too many words for the title, lol, but it’s accurate!

Timeless: Of The Collection is Shabaam’s first album in 3 years and is the first in a Timeless album series in four or five parts to be released over the next two years. First let’s talk about the beats. Sahdeeq describes them as that

“dirty-sounding SP-1200/MPC sample type ish I love to spit to” 

Producers on the album include J57 (Westside Gunn, Joey Bada$$), Nick Wiz (Rakim, Cella Dwellas), DJ Doom (Blacastan, Nutso), Icerocks (Meyhem Lauren) and Arcitype (Vinnie Paz, Ruste Juxx). The production itself will have you nodding before the rhymes even start. The hooks, many scratch choruses, some spoken, a few sung, are all catchy and keep the song in your head. Among the notable featured MC’s on the album are Planet Asia, Milano Constantine (D.I.T.C), Masta Ace, Ras Kass, El Da Sensei (Artifacts) and El Gant to name a few.

Lyrically? Shabaam is on his A-game. Metaphors, stories of the past, wordplay, realism, battle-raps, it’s all in there. These are not freestyle joints, but well constructed, concept songs that will have you nodding your head in agreement. Whether you have been a fan since the Rawkus days or are a new listener you will be not be disappointed. 

The album is available for stream and immediate purchase via Bandcamp and Audiomack currently and will be available via iTunes and all other digital retailers on January 13th.

Stream/buy Timeless: Of The Collection from the Bandcamp or Stream via Audiomack 

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MCMI REPORT: Shabaam Sahdeeq drops new album! Guest stars galore!

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PH (formerly known as “Pumpkinhead”)

Born Robert Alan Diaz, in Brooklyn N.Y., on Sept. 17th, 1975, PH did not know what his future had in store for him. The son of a single, hard working mother, grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn with his mom and younger sister, in a 2 bedroom apartment. He started getting into Hip Hop in the early 80’s. As a 10 yr. old B-boy, Robert would battle local crews alone in search of acceptance for having heart and skill for his age. Movies like Beat Street, Breakin and Wildstyle, inspired this B-boy to embrace the culture to the fullest and be the best at what he does today.

After gaining acclaim for his breaking and popping skills, he quickly moved on to his next goal, which was to be an MC. After Hearing Dana Dane’s “Nightmares”, young Robert started penning raps during his 6th Grade Language art class, where he was the top Poet.

Soon “Pumpkinhead” first leapt onto the Underground Hip Hop scene, when a friend of his went to Bobitto Garcia, and handed him a promo that PH had created for his Hip Hop radio show, along with the legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong, “The Stretch Armstrong Show”.

They played the promo for 8 weeks straight.

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After New York’s first taste of this underground MC, they demanded more , So PH joined the stable of Makin’ Records, which was home to the group Natural Resource (including Jean Grae) and The Bad Seed. Ph’s first 12″ single was “Dynamic” b/w “It’s Over”. The record was embraced by all and went #1 in the Hits, Gavin and CMJ charts. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pumpkinhead became known as a battle Champion, holding two “Braggin Rites” Championships, winning several End of the Weak (EODub) Challenges and coming in first or second in numerous other battles and contests. During this time, he rocked many performances and destroyed countless opponents in freestyle street battles with ThePLAGUE, a crew of MC’s that he still records and performs with to this day.

PH also formed a group with Mr. Metaphor, Block McLoud, Will Tell & I.C.ON called “Brooklyn Academy”. They released a classic single called “Con Artists”, which charted on radio before the label folded. The group pursued individual careers before reuniting years later to drop the classic Brooklyn Academy album “Bored of Education” in 2008.

Over the years, PH has toured and traveled to Japan, Australia (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne), Sweden, Amsterdam, Canada and over 40 U.S. states. He has opened up for the likes of the rock group Goo Goo Dolls on the Lyricist Lounge Technology Tour, Bootcamp Click on the lyricists Lounge Tour, Kanye West, Ghostface, Big Daddy Kane, The Lost Boys, Tony Touch, Jedi Mind Tricks, to name a few and has also headlined his own shows all over the United States.

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As Pumpkinhead, PH has released his debut album “The Old Testament”, the E.P. “A Beautiful Mind” and his sophmore album “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn”. He has produced several mixtapes, including “Kill Music vol.1”, “Time Chronicles” Vol.1 & 2 . “Border Blockers” released in Canada, “Power Man & Iron Fist” with Cy Marshall Law, and “Picture That: The Negative”.

In 2011, the MC shortened his name, preferring to go by the initials that most of his friends referred to him as, “PH”, and dropped another classic album, KNOW THE LEDGE,  on MCMI Records. The album did very well, lead by the single County of Kings, a Brookyn anthem featuring Sha Stimuli, Ruste Juxx, Skyzoo & label-mate LR Blitzkrieg. The album also featured notable spitters such as Nems, Poison Pen, Marv Won, Charlie Clips and Plague members GMS and Substantial.

For the next few years PH focused his time cultivating the battle scene, as host and then President of GRINDTIME EAST COAST (GTEC), until he gave that up and threw his hat in the ring, to battle once again, this time using the more modern, pre-written battle rap format. His first battle was against the top West Coast battle rapper Dizaster. PH’s victory sparked a winning streak as he battled in multiple leagues, in the US, Canada and the UK. In his passionate return to battling, he formed an alliance with like-minded MC’s, producers and battlers under the name Team Homi, which became a house-hold name in the world of battle rap.

During the next few years PH continued to record music with his label, MCMI Records and collaborated with numerous underground and up and coming artists from all over the world. He  also entered and won many notable rap contests, winning the EOW Challenge a total of 4 times and being named “NYC MVP” by legendary rapper Ludacris, in Magnum’s Live Large Rap Battle.

After taking a break from music to focus on family, PH began work on what he said would be his final album. On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 5:40am, PH passed away unexpectedly after checking into a New Jersey hospital for a minor surgery. He is survived by his wife and two sons, with a daughter on the way.

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A friend to all, he will be sorely missed by his friends, family and throughout the industry. He will be remembered for being a family man and for his many contributions to Hip Hop culture.

On Wednesday, June 10th, at 1:30am, at a rooftop gathering in mourning and celebration of Robert “PH” Diaz‘ life, the moon appeared suddenly and glowed bright orange for 30 to 40 minutes, signaling to family and friends that he is still here in spirit and shines brightly over all of us. Over a dozen people on that roof witnessed this miraculous event and took pictures and video of the Orange Moon over Brooklyn, one of which is posted here.

R.I.P. Robert Alan Diaz (1975-2015)

SALUTE the Underground King, PH!  REST IN POWER!

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SHABAAM SAHDEEQ: First Bars, Jails Bars and White Bars (Interview)

Shabaam Sahdeeq

Props to GasFace on this one. It’s a nice interview and the camera work looks official. You know Shabaam is our homie from way back. We hope to have him up at MCMIreport.com in the near future.

Bars.

You can climb them,

trade them with Em, or see life go by through them. Marcus Vialva did all of the above. Went from being a straight nobody from Flatbush,

to becoming an undergound superhero of the legendary Rawkus saga,

back to being a faceless number, only lower this time.

Bottom of the can. Four years.

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“Anthem For The End of The World” – PH, Jean Grae

Well the day is not over yet, but so far, no Armagedden. I heard a lot of people took the prediction that today’s date, May 20th, 2011 would be the end of the world. I admit I bought a few gallons of water and kept one in the chamber, just in case people on my block started acting stupid, but some people took it way farther than that.  As reported by InsideEdition

 

Thousands of people across the world are convinced that the end of the world is upon us. “We can know that Judgment Day is going to be May 21, 2011!” one rally-goer told INSIDE EDITION. They claim that the apocalypse has been foretold by the Bible, and that natural disasters like the ones depicted in movies will start on Saturday at 6 p.m. One man in New York actually spent a small fortune, $140,000 of his own savings, to plaster “end of the world” posters all over the city.

But most people seem to be laughing it off, especially the late night comics. “Saturday is doomsday! That sucks, I just joined Netflix!” joked Jay Leno.And Jimmy Kimmel quipped, “This Saturday, May 21st is Judgment Day. We will be judged by Randy and J-Lo!”

But nobody is laughing over the story of Julianne McCrery, who stands accused of asphyxiating her 6-year-old son, Camden.

She allegedly went to Maine, where she dumped the body on a country road. Her lawyer made a stunning statement to reporters. “I believe she was up here to bring both her son and herself to heaven,” he said. There is speculation that the boy’s murder might have been influenced by fear among some people about the coming of the apocalypse.

What I don’t understand is why would she kill him before it actually happened? I mean, you could wait up all night, witht he television on News, looking out the window, with your son in the other room and if you start seeing demons flying out of the sky or things start blowing up all around you in the morning, THEN go and do what you gotta do. Why not wait and see? I don’t know if she was crazy or just a plain old fashioned “@sshole”. Lock her up and throw away the key.

HOW DID THIS MESS GET STARTED? Check the video below.

Anyway, from what I have heard (I am not a Christian), Christians believe that they will first be hit with the Rapture and then – months later – the Apocalypse. So, if you believe radio broadcaster Harold Camping’s prediction then May 21st would only be the Rapture and the end of the world would happen sometime in October.

I dug up this classic PH (formerly Pumpkinhead) song, featuring Jean Grae and Chas, off his Rawkus/SoulSpazm Album “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn“. It seemed a fitting song for the soundtrack to the end of the world.  If things take a turn for the worse later on today at least you heard some good Hip Hop music before goin’ out! Shout to Marco Polo on the beat.

Lyrics and video for “Anthem For The End of The World“ after the jump. (more…)