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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

#ripPH #RobertPHDiazWay

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

PH: Memorial Tribute All White Party – All-Star DJ Line Up 6/28/15 – [Brooklyn, NY]

PH Memorial Tribute All White PartyThis Sunday, June 28th 3pm-10pm

MCMI, LYRICIST LOUNGE, REAL TALK NYC, LYRICS TO GO, THE PLAGUE, TEAMHOMI, GRINDTIMENOW, QN5, EOW, BRAGGIN RITES, URL, KOTD, THE WRITTERZ BLOCK, FAT BUDDHA BAR & friends, in conjunction with THE DIAZ/OCCASIO FAMILY, presents …

Please join us for a

PH Memorial Tribute All White Party

in honor of Robert Diaz aka”PH” aka Pumpkinhead.

Special Tribute sets by

Rich Medina, Eclipse, Eli Escobar, DP One, Blowout,
GMS, JS-1, DJ Static, Butta L, Sucio Smash, Mocha Sunflower & friends

@ Littlefield
622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(between 3rd & 4th Avenue / Parkslope)

Suggested donation: $10+

#RIPPH #RIP #OfficialPHTribute #RIPRobertDiaz #PH #Pumpkinhead #RIPPumpkinhead #OfficialPHMemorial

PH Memorial Friends & Family

On June 9, 2015 the world lost a valued member of the Hip Hop community, Robert Alan Diaz (September 17, 1975 – June 9, 2015), known by his stage name Pumpkinhead aka PH. We also lost a beloved friend, brother, husband, son and father.

PH in Cap

PH was known as the Underground King in the Hip Hop music biz and on the battle rap scene. He was a Hip Hop music purist, dedicating his life to creating, celebrating and preserving the art form. He was known to be extremely humble, supportive of dozens of movements, wanting to help anyone who he felt was also doing music that was good for the culture. In honor of his legacy we look to unite fans, friends and others to pay their respects to PH.

The theme is white clothing (*optional, of course), since we are CELEBRATING his LIFE and MUSIC, not mourning, with a splash of Orange for PH’s style.

PH BattlingPH grew up in Park Slope, one block from this venue, so the location has a special significance for family and friends. PH was such a loved figure in the community and around the world that his family was flooded with thousands of requests to come to the funeral. Unable to accommodate everyone they decided to keep the services small and relatively private. Regrettably, many people felt left out and needed a place to pay respects to PH.

The Family has love for all and PH’s mom, wife, kids, and other relatives will be in attendance to accept condolences, hugs and fond memories of your times with Robert. All  are welcome in love, respect & solidarity for our brother, MC, Event Promoter, friend & family man, the Underground King.

PH County of Kings Shirt

This memorial event is for the community to come together, connect with friends, speak about PH’s impact on music and on our lives, watch footage of PH’s videos and his Last Interview, and raise money for the memorial fund. Food was donated by Fat Buddha Bar (212 Avenue A, nyc), which was one of PH’s favorite hang outs.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO PH’S FAMILY. Thank you for your continued support.

FACEBOOK: RSVP & DISCUSSION: PH Memorial Tribute All White Party [Made Public]

IG & TWITTER: @MCMIreport

Willie Evans Jr. – Nerd English (VIDEO+TOUR DATES)

The VS (Versus/Verses) Tour, sponsored by Capcom, featuring Willie Evans Jr. and Random aka Mega Ran, will hit 14 venues, starting in Tempe, AZ on February 25 and ending on March 13 in Austin, TX, at the Nerdcore Showcase at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Every venue will be equipped with an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 for players anxious to get their hands on the new Street Fighter X Tekken game, as well as previous iterations of Street Fighter and Tekken for the classic gamers.

Meanwhile, check out the new Willie Evans Jr. video, “Nerd English” off his album, Introducin‘, directed by George Deacon and Willie Evans Jr., on HighWaterMusic, “dedicated to all the nerds of the universe.”

PREORDER TICKETS AND RECEIVE 3 FREE GIFTS:

1-  a special secret gift at the show

2 – a 33% off coupon for any merch or music

3 – a FREE Tour Inspired EP

Tour Dates:

  • 2.24 Tempe, AZ @ Stray Cat
2.25 Tucson, AZ @ Vaudeville
  • 2.27 Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
  • 2.29 Madison, WI @ Inferno
  • 3.2 Louisville, KY @ Louisville Arcade Expo
  • 3.3 Charlotte, NC @ Crown Station
  • 3.4 Columbia, SC @ Conundrum
  • 3.5 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
  • 3.6 Jacksonville, FL
3.7 Orlando, FL @ The Geek Easy
  • 3.10 Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke and Barrel
  • 3.11 Ft. Worth, TX @ Aardvark
  • 3.12 Houston, TX @ Check Other Outfitters w/ H.I.S.D.
  • 3.13-3.17 Austin, TX @ SXSW Music Festival

Willie Evans Jr. Introducin’ (BTS) video feat Jean Grae

Willie Evans
Behind the scenes look at the upcoming video for Willie Evans Jr. Introducin‘”, off the LP of the same name, on HighWaterMusic.  Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, Sucio Smash, Sinnamon Love, and Bossy Delilah all apear in the video.

Cop Willie Evans Jr. “Introducin’“. on iTunes.

SEÑOR KAOS: The Most Interesting MC In The World

senor kaos
I first heard Señor Kaos while working on the PH mixtape MY ERA: No Skinny Jeans Allowed, at DJ HAZE’s studio in Staten Island. I was helping PH mix and recording my verse for Runnin‘ (remake of the Pharcyde song). One track on the mixtape featured a Señor Kaos (“Flava In Your Ear” remake, also ft. Punchline & 4-Ize). I liked his flow and asked PH about him. “Oh yeah, that’s my boy. He’s nice.” Well, of course (duh) why wouldn’t he be? He’s on your mixtape. Cool.

So, fast forward to now, I came across this on fam Sucio Smash’s site, HighWaterIsMusic. The video is called “No More“. The intro is a take on the Dos Equis beer commercials with “the most interesting man in the world”, which are hilarious. It’s dated June 16th, but things go up on blogs so fast these days, within a few hours they are pushed off the page and hell, if I missed it, maybe so did you. Dope song, entertaining video, funny concept, cool dude, with flow. Or to quote The Smoking Section, “Learn the name. Remember the face. This man deserves respect.”

For More Information on Señor Kaos Please Be Sure To Visit:

MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/senorkaos |   http://www.myspace.com/vintageimperial
BLOG: http://www.thekaoseffect.com
ONLINE STORE: http://www.cafepress.com/vintageimperial
COMPANY: http://www.vintageimperial.com
CONTACT INFO: E-Mail: Booking@thekaoseffect.com
TWITTER: Follow @SENORKAOS