M Pire Magazine gets an exclusive interview with lyricist, producer and actor, MCMI’s Keith “Wild Child” Middleton. Known for his NY underground Hip Hop group HYDRA and crew The PLAGUE, and his years in the hit musical show STOMP at the Orpheum Theater, the WildChild speaks out on his new album of Spoken Word and original music, “Transitions”.
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Over 14 years ago, there was a double A-Side record called “Plan A”, produced by Skeme Team, which had The Arsonists & Non Phixion (“14 Years of Rap”) on one side and Brooklyn Academy (“Con Artists”) on the other. At the end of 2013, right on time for Christmas, comes a new song from PH & Q-Unique, as the Brooklyn Academy and Arsonists veterans come together once again, over a DJ Supa Dave production, “Gatekeepers”.
“Gatekeepers” is a statement from the two artists showing that they can verbally spar with the best old and new rappers in the game, keeping Hip Hop exactly that – “Hip Hop”! The song is dope, with both MC’s spittin’ fire over the Supa Dave banger and the artwork is pretty sick as well. I hear there is a video in the works.
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Okay so you’ve probably heard of STOMP, the International stage show where they act crazy onstage and bang out beats on just about EVERYTHING except a musical instrument (brooms, garbage cans, tubes and buckets are some of their favorites). But you might be wondering why MCMIreport.com is posting an article about one of the longest running cast members of the show, Keith “WildChild” Middleton. Well the answer is simple. This is the same WildChild who is one third of the group HYDRA, co-founder of the underground Hip Hop crew The PLAGUE!
He is also a talented musician, composer, super producer (check the tracks “Twelve” and “Love Is …“, for examples) and my very own “brother from another mother.” (I am actually the friend he is talking about in the piece, who did magic shows for money at age 12 and then ran to the studio to make rap demos.) So, when NewYork.com put up this awesome interview, as one of their “COOL JOBS Q & A” stories, I had to share it with y’all.
* UPDATE: WildChild is gearing up to release a solo album of his original music and spoken word, early 2014, as well as more music from HYDRA and The PLAGUE. Click to FIND OUT MORE about his album “TRANSITIONS“.
Baltimore artist SUBSTANTIAL prepares to release a Jill Scott tribute project, entitled “Jackin’ Jill”, built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. I call him an artist, not just an MC, because besides working well with words, ‘Substizzle‘ also drew the sketch which is the cover art. Intrigued by this new project based entirely on the work of Jill Scott, I had to get at my Plague brother and ask him a few questions.
GMS: How did the idea of a Jill Scott Tribute album come about?
SUBSTANTIAL: Back in 2011 when I had the cancer scare, I decided to work on a tribute album to Jill Scott. I figure, celebrate people while they are still here, you know? Jill Scott has always been one of my favorite artists. It’s been about two years since I had the preventative surgery and I’m ready to put out the music, as a free download of course.
GMS: What is the song “Golden Lady” about?
SUBSTANTIAL: It basically tells the story of how I was first introduced to Jill Scott’s music, and how it influenced me over the years.
I have known Tonedeff for years. An MC with incredible technical ability, style and delivery, as well as a great producer, graphic artist, animator and web designer, he has been killing verses and producing tracks with my crew The PLAGUE for the past decade, from the efamm album, to songs like â€œMost Highâ€, Â â€œAliveâ€ and the classic Plague anthem â€œDrugzâ€. Â On the verge of releasing 4 EPâ€™s, which will combine like Voltron to form his sophomore album â€œPolymerâ€œ, the first installment, “Glutton” is available above. If you are new to the QN5 movement, read on for some background on the man behind the ‘curtains’, QN5 Music founder Tonedeff …