Happy New Year from MCMI!
We hope you’ve had a chance to rest, celebrate and reflect on the past year and make plans for continued success in 2022. It’s been a wild ride trying to be independent artists and Hip Hop media during the Pandemic, but with love in our hearts, masks on our faces and Hip Hop on our minds, we keep pushing through!
I’m sure you know about the yearly WRAP UPS and B done by several artists (I believe Mad Skills from VA started it all 20 years ago, but who did it first is always hotly debated). Well even though it always seems gimmicky, we still listen to them every year, lol. They are mad entertaining, you have to admit. We’ve included a few here if you didn’t get to hear them all. Interestingly, both the originator Mad Skillz and fellow rap up writer Uncle Murda have stated in their verses that this year’s would be the last one, ending the tradition after 20 years.
Hearing how much has gone on in the world in 2021 makes us reflect on what WE have been doing, at MCMI, this past year or two. So we decided to take a moment and look back on a few things we accomplished, even under the circumstances of school shut downs, lockdowns, elections, protests and political unrest and the losses of iconic figures and personal friends, this past year.
This year we’ve got some new music, merch, podcasts and videos coming your way, but before we layout our plans for the future, we wanted to reflect on a few things we are grateful for, that we were able to accomplish in 2021.
LR Blitzkrieg & Bad Seed
the6ixers EP, La Bamba music video, merch and vinyl actually dropped 4th Quarter 2020, but we will include it here anyway (cause we can do that, son! rrrgh!!), as it was rocking out the whole 2021 and was played by several prominent DJ’s. The project was a collaboration between two members of The PLAGUE, LR Blitzkrieg and the Bad Seed, who both share the same February 6th birthday. Led by a video for the single La Bamba, that song and several others were supported by spins, cuts and premieres by DJ PREMIER, STATIK SELECTAH, DJ ECLIPSE (who also did cuts on La Bamba), DJ RIZ, SWAY and the legendary TONY TOUCH! We appreciate y’all!
The video for LaBamba is upward of 52,000 views on youtube and for that we thank all of you. If you haven’t heard all of the joints on that project (you played yerself, lol), just hit the FLOW PAGE which has links to SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, iTUNES, TIDAL, DEEZER, BANDCAMP and more. Subscribe to MCMI’s Youtube channel for more music videos from
Levels Up Mondays
@LevelsBand on IG
Every Monday MCMI’s spoken word/soul music sensation LEVELS, does Levels Up Mondays where they spotlight artists past and present and breakdown their approach to music, theory and philosophy that inspire them as individuals and a as a band.
LEVELS band consists of MC, songwriter, composer and percussionist Keith Wildchild Middleton, vocalist Aaron Marcellus, keyboardist Jacopo “Snow” Mazza and guitarist Luca “Mack” Marcias. You can find their music on Apple Music and Spotify and learn about the band at https://www.levelsband.com. You can find inspiration from their Levels Up Mondays, on their Instagram, you guessed it – every Monday!
Rock, Rock, Rock On
The Robert “PH” Diaz Story
by Bryan Kayser
In 2021 the PH Book “Rock, Rock, Rock On – The Robert “PH” Diaz Story, by Bryan “SEVEN3ZERO” Kayser was finally completed, after an exhaustive amount of interviews conducted by author. It went up for Pre-orders on PH’s Birthday, September 17th, 2021. To secure your copy click here.
We spent a lot of time working with Bryan on the book, scanning in thousands of archival pictures and connecting him with people to interview for the project. It is not a bio of PH, but rather the telling of his story, through the lens of those who were close to him.
Interviewees include his family, longtime collaborators and friends, including Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Poison Pen, Marco Polo, Dizaster, Bad Seed, LR Blitzkrieg, GMS, Organik, Tonedeff, PackFM, Substantial, Swave Sevah, NEMS, Mecca, Block McCloud, Mr. Metaphor, DJ DP-One, Wordsworth, Supastition, Lush One, Lexx Luthor, Screem Homi, Okwerdz, El Da Sensei, Thirstin Howl the Third, Steele, Bobbito, and many others.
Busta Rhymes wrote the foreword to Rock, Rock, Rock On, where he says, “This is all a testament to who he really was, especially from all the uncut love from the people.”
Rock, Rock, Rock On clocks in at over 400 pages and all proceeds to benefit the Diaz family.
The MCMI REPORT
Hip Hop Podcast Hosted by HYDRA
In May of 2021 the co-founders of MCMI (also known as the Hip Hop group HYDRA) started the MCMI REPORT podcast. Celebrating all things Hip Hop as well as other things the 3 friends love to talk about (i.e. boxing, movies, Verzuz, collectible NFT’s and Action Figures). We are currently up to Episode 5. If you missed 1 – 4, start here:
AIIGHT SO BOOM!
GEEK NEWS FROM THE COOL KIDS!
AIIGHT SO BOOM! is another podcast on the MCMI Youtube Channel, this one hosted by LR Blitzkrieg and The MarXman, who talk about Marvel and DC superhero movies, action figures, and other “Nerd sh!#” with a capital N, including episodes about Black Widow, Loki, Shang-Chi, an interview of super Lyricist and avid comic book and action figure collector Pharoahe Monch of the group th1rt3en. You can actually check out that episode right here.
NEXT UP … NEW MUSIC!
Coming in 2022
So what’s next for MCMI in 2022? Time will tell, but we have new music dropping from GMS, starting with the song TEACHER on January 25th, available on Bandcamp, streaming platforms, as an NFT and eventually will be released on Vinyl and in other physical forms, for collectors.
The song is off the forthcoming full length multi-media NFT project ALONG THE WAY 777, which will also drop later in the year. You can learn more about it from the ALONG THE WAY with GMS podcast.
LR Blitzkrieg will also be back with a single called CREW LOVE, featuring him and NEMS (“Don’t ever disrespect me!” LOL). We can’t give you too much info on that just yet, but it’s definitely disrespectful! LOL!
What else? …
Expect more Episodes of the MCMI REPORT, AIIGHT SO BOOM, LEVELS UP MONDAYS and the newest podcast ALONG THE WAY with GMS, about the educator and MC’s journey through life and hip hop leading to this long awaited multi-media project and more podcasts, interviews and music videos coming soon!
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