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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!

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

MCMI REPORT: Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Bad Seed Drops Final Album ‘COREYOGRAPHY’

After a brief hiatus from rap to work on some films and a web series, Corey Pierson, aka Bad Seed is back with what he calls one final album. Inspired by the loss of his close friend and crew member Robert PH Diaz last year, Seed decided to toss his hat int he ring one last time. This time it’s personal. Executive produced by PH, Bad Seed brings you COREYOGRAPHY.

The first single off the album is BELT OFF, produced by NOTTZ, for which a video will be dropping shortly. If that track is any indication, fans are not going to be disappointed by this new album. With beats by NottzMarco Polo, Will Tell and other dope producers, this is definitely one of his finest works.

After listening to an advance copy of the album, I have to say one of my personal favorite tracks is Are They OK, produced by Tone Jonez, about losing so many of our favorite artists recently, from Prince to Phife, and wondering about Sade, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan and other musical treasures. ‘Keep Bouncin‘, produced by Dr, No, is a tight ‘down the line‘ track, with Seed, Mic Handz and Mims, spittin’ bars over a hot beat.

Bad Seed Drops Final Album 'COREYOGRAPHY'

Then there are concept songs ‘Django Unfiltered, about feeling like a slave to our 9 to 5, F*ck Cancer, about losing loved ones to the cursed disease. All in all it is a very well rounded album, giving us just the right balance meaningful content and hard beats and rhymes. At first because of the title, ‘Coreyography’, I thought it would be more autobiographical, but I see now, it actually touches on different things that Seed feels strongly about, different sides of Corey.

In the song ‘5 Minutes’, Seed airs out his feelings about the old Makin’ Records crew, which had differences and went their separate ways long ago. He references “307”, meaning 307 Clinton, which was the old Makin’ headquarters, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Half way through the song, the beat changes and the late great PH drops some poignant lyrics, mentioning Makin’ Records and his transition to partner in MCMI Records, years later.

The album drops July 8th, on all digital outlets…iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon – all the usual suspects. The single is available on those outlets as well.

Check out the interview below.

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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!

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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.

PH with Family

PH with Family

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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