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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

GMS (@GMS_MCMI on IG, TW & SC)

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

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR, 5/15/16

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope's FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

Rapper Wordsworth of EMC pays homage to his friend PH, on the corner of 5th Ave & Robert PH Diaz Way.

The late great rapper Robert “PH” Diaz aka Pumpkinhead, who passed away less than a  year ago from gall-bladder related health problems, represented Park Slope, Brooklyn, all his life. Even when he migrated to Staten Island and New Jersey, he always claimed Park Slope as his home, often shouting out the formerly socio-economically mixed neighborhood, that in recent times has become more and more gentrified, in his music. Then in the early 2000’s PH did a mixtape series (Park Slope Rennaisance Vol. 1 & 2) and had a song called Park Slope on his Beautiful Mind EP (Third Earth Music). PH visited his hometown often, doing shows, parties and charity events at the now closed Southpaw, Voodoo Lounge and SRB (now Analog). And shortly before his ultimate departure, Robert returned to Park Slope one last time, with his two sons, to show them the block “where daddy grew up”.

So it is extremely fitting for that block on De Graw Street, between 4th & 5th Avenue, to be co-named “Robert PH Diaz Way“. And it is also fitting that this year’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in Park Slope, will include a Musical Tribute to PH aka PUMPKINHEAD, on the corner of 3rd St & 5th Avenue, beginning at 1pm. DJ GMS will play a set of PH’s best music, including songs about Park Slope. There will also be guest performances by MCMI Artists and friends, including HYDRA (Keith WildChild Middleton, GMS & LR Blitzkrieg), Chordz Cordero, the MarXman, Qaasim & Khalil Middleton, Mic Handz and Jay Lonzo. The first time Pumpkinhead, GMS, LR Blitzkrieg & Keith WildChild ever performed together was at the FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR in the 90’s when they were just teenagers. The friends would go on to found the crew The Plague and later form the brand MCMI.

MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz

The DJ Booth will be set up in front of The Gate on 3rd Street. The party will start off with classic dance music brought to you by Baby Loves Disco, with DJ MIKEY PALMS and Mr. Metaphor from Brooklyn Academy on the mic, from 11:30 – 1pm. The MCMI / PH Tribute set will go from 1 to 3pm, followed by DJ TOP SPEED, who will play classics honoring David Bowie, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest & Prince, until the fair is over. Classic PH albums & mixtapes, tee shirts, posters and other collectibles will be available behind the DJ booth.

So come out to Park Slope this Sunday, enjoy the fair, check out the music on the corner of 3rd Street and you can also walk down 5th Avenue and take a pic under the newly unveiled street sign on the corner of De Graw St & 5th Ave, as we continue to “Rock Rock On …”.

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MCMI REPORT: Tribute to Robert PH Diaz at Park Slope’s FABULOUS 5th AVENUE FAIR

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!