Chubb Rock & Mighty MiRap’s golden era duo announces release of debut release, Same Rock EP
CHUBB ROCK & MIGHTY MI | SAME ROCK (EP)
Aug. 12, 2014 - Seminal Golden Era hip-hop artists Chubb Rock and DJ Mighty Mi (High & Mighty, Eminem, Mos Def, El-P) have come together to bring us remix EP Same Rock (out now on Tribute Recordings). "Same Rock" is the first single off Mighty Mi's forthcoming LP, which is slated to drop later this year, and will feature all Golden Era rappers. The Same Rock EP features the main mix of "Same Rock," as well as five remixes by some of the hottest DJs in house, moombathon & trap.
“This record started with a simple idea—to take my favorite rappers of the Golden Era and have them rap over the the kind of house beats people are going crazy for at my clubs," Mighty Mi says. "As a Vegas DJ, I see the trends in club music firsthand, and I found that house-infused hip-hop is what people are reacting to most right now. And I had a feeling that Chubb would sound really good over some uptempo beats.”
Long considered one of the most dextrous East Coast rappers, Chubb Rock was a National Merit Scholar, launching his rap career in earnest after dropping out of pre-med at Brown University. He released his debut album for Select Records in 1988. Up next, his sophomore effort, 1989's And the Winner Is…, produced the Yo! MTV Raps hit "Ya Bad Chubbs.” Then in 1991 Chubb followed with The One, which reached #13 on Billboard's Top Hip-Hop/R&B chart. Three singles from that record would make it to #1 on Billboard's Top Rap Singles chart. These accolades cemented Chubb's place in hip-hop history, and led to collaborations with heavy-hitters like Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Kane, DMX, Kool Moe Dee and many more.
“When Chubb and I were working on 'Same Rock,' it was the old-school process of an MC writing to a beat tape,” Mighty Mi says. “When he sent me back the demo version of the song, he’d written three verses that sounded old school, but with current references. He’s witty as ever, and most of all, that unmistakable Chubb Rock voice is still there. With how good the vocals turned out, I knew I had to recruit the top names in the hottest genres of club music.”
The Same Rock EP features remixes from the U.K's Vanilla Ace (a leading name in deep funky house), critically acclaimed moombathon producer Jonny Kwest (Native Tongues), techno-weirdo house masters Astronomar & Tony Quattro, DJ/producer Brillstein/aka Thee Mike B (DJ AM's Banana Split party) & Vegas trap producer Aaron Perez.
"The talent Mighty Mi has assembled for these remixes is strong," Chubb Rock says. "It's a great record."
Inspired by turntablist heroes Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money, Mighty Mi spent the early '80s in Philadelphia as a battle DJ. He grew up in the same neighborhood as DJ AM, and the two teenagers often hung out obsessing over beats and battling. Mighty Mi would show AM his turntable techniques and the early tricks of DJing. AM would later credit Mighty Mi as his inspiration to become a DJ.
In 1990, while attending Boston University, Mighty Mi realized there was a bigger picture than just battle DJing. He made a name for himself rocking the local clubs, and started heading to NYC to attend parties where Stretch Armstrong, Clark Kent, and DJ Jules were spinning. To be a true party rocker, he realized, you had to be fluent in all musical genres. So he expanded his repertoire beyond hip-hop and started playing reggae, dance classics and soul.
In the wake of this epiphany, Mighty Mi joined forces with rapper and lifelong friend Erik "Mr. Eon" Meltzer in hip-hop duo The High & Mighty. They made promos for the world-famous Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito radio show, and signed with indie rap powerhouse Rawkus Records. "B-Boy Document '99”—from their debut, Home Field Advantage—was featured prominently in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 and included guest spots from hip-hop stars such as Eminem, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch and Cage.
Mighty Mi and Eon also started their own label imprint, Eastern Conference Records. During these years they would put out over 20 hip-hop albums with artists like Cage, Jurassic 5 and Big Daddy Kane.
After years on the NYC scene, Mighty Mi picked up and moved to Las Vegas to become the music director/resident DJ at Blush nightclub at the Wynn hotel. He adapted as trends moved away from hip-hop, and embraced house music. In 2010, Mighty Mi became the music director/resident DJ at the new Surrender Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at Encore. Both clubs have become major players in the Vegas nightclub scene, booking world famous artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris and Kaskade on a nightly basis. The excitement around these superstars inspired Mighty Mi to launch a new record label while diving head first into producing a new house/hip-hop project with the greatest living producers, rappers and DJs in history.
With the Same Rock EP about to drop, Mighty Mi is working on a music video for the track's main mix, and hustling to assemble the cadre of Golden Era rappers that will guest on his forthcoming LP, while Chubb Rock continues working on his own upcoming release, The Grown and Sexy Theory, and hosting the afternoon drive in Atlanta for Radio One, WBLS NYC's #1 show Classic Flava, and his nationally syndicated radio program, Diggin in tha Crates.
To set up an interview with Chubb Rock or Mighty Mi, or get your hands on press passes, advance music, hi-res photos, album art or videos, contact email@example.com