RELEASE DATE : 14th December 2009 available from iTunes, Amazon, 7 Digital, eMusic, Rhapsody

LABEL : Phoenix Down’s Chima Anya debuts in the UK with his Double A Side single “New Day (ft Soweto Kinch) / It’s The Manner (ft Jehst), but while new on the block, this young MC’s packed a lot into life already.

Having spent part of his formative years growing up in Glasgow’s Castlemilk estate, he moved south to study and become a qualified doctor, working now in the heart of London. While studying he became heavily involved in the UK hip hop scene, with him performing regularly at Soweto Kinch’s acoustic hip hop nights in Birmingham and forming GTA out of Oxford. Not been slow to make some moves with support slots for KRS-1, Amp Fiddler and Flava Flav, he’s been getting demo tracks round notable radio djs:

Mary Anne Hobbs “Chima’s a dope ass MC”
Ras Kwame “futuristic hiphop, we’re looking for the doctor to come and save hiphop!”
DJ 279 “there’s hope yet for UK hiphop”

as well as getting some more airtime attention from others at Choice, Kiss and 1Xtra

On “New Day”, Chima teams up with old sparring partner Soweto Kinch. Known mainly as a jazz saxophonist, this MC is a two time MOBO winner (best jazz artist), his debut album “Conversations with the Unseen” was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2004, and though Dizzee Rascal took the crown, that year saw him pick up two more BBC Radio Jazz Awards.

“It’s the Manner” features a man needing little introduction to UK hip hop fans. Jehst has had a long and respected time in the game, co-founder of YNR with Tommy Evans and a long term involvement with Low Life Records, his albums “The Return of the Drifter”, “Falling Down”, and “Nuke Proof Suit” has made him an established figure in the UK and overseas underground scene. He jumped on the joint while overhearing Chima’s sessions at his own studios.

Produced by long term affiliate Astrosnare, the release is a diverse concoction of some of the UK’s finest talent with a bangin accompanying video for “New Day” also set to do the rounds.

Taken from the new album “NEW DAY” due for release in 2010.

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SMI ft TQ “DONT STOP” out 7th December on Spinnr Music


North West London’s S.M.I. are set to make a massive impact on the UK scene by collaborating with international r&b star TQ for their debut release DON’T STOP on 7th December.
A chance visit by this London crew to TQ’s concert at SOUND in May has led to them producing one of the most impressive UK dance singles of the year.

TQ explains “The guys approached me after the concert and handed me a cd of their beat and asked if I’d jump on it. I listened back at the hotel and called em up the next day. I knew it was hot, and we got it locked down at their place within a week. Couple weeks later we got the video shot and it was a wrap. Ive always had a lot of support from the UK, and I remember startin out and how difficult that was. So I jus wanted to give somethin back, show my appreciation for the scene and the talent that’s over there

S.M. I stands for Streets Made Innovators, a movement that consists of producers and performing artists. They were founded in 2007 by UK rapper/Business man F.R. (Frank Rambo) who decided to bring together a team of producers and musically talented friends aimed at breaking into the UK music scene.

S.M.I is part of the independent label Spinnr Music which was set up by F.R. and his producers Leon Vandol and Kader of Hypnotiks.

Their aim is to promote, push and accelerate an innovative sound beyond its core urban market and reach out to a wider music community. The movement originated from North West London and developed from Hypnotiks working with artists on their productions, and so promoting everyone’s talents collectively under one name.

In addition to working with TQ they have also collaborated with Steelo (Soul Fever).

Further house & funky remixes come courtesy of London’s Mario Louca, aka DJ Mappa, a regular on the community radio and club circuit. He’s produced countless remixes and mixtapes and stood in for Mista Jam on 1Xtra in October last year.
With such a positive vision and ambition to work with local & international artists, S.M.I. are sure to be the latest UK talent to make big moves in the months to come.
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PETER JACKSON ft Royce da 5 9
“Paper Boy” b/w “Come on Over”
out 31st August

Canada’s been the place for some of the biggest new hiphop artists doin it internationally in 09, and the latest in line is Peter Jackson.

As is the M.O. with Canadian artists, they been on the grind for long enough in their homeland, touring coast to coast, buildin the rep, and PJ’s no different.

He’s been on tour with Wu Tang, Obie Trice, D12, Classified, Lloyd Banks, Ray J, Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Nas, Clipse, Akon, KRS-1, and from mid August, is on the road again as official support for Busta Rhymes.

Also tight with the Slaughterhouse click, Royce da 5 9, Naughty By Nature, Joe Budden, Crooked I, he’s put together his Team 90 Nickel Entertainment situation for releases, first of all in Canada, and now movin the game overseas.

Currently finishing off his debut album, marked down for a November release, the first offering is this banger PAPER BOY featuring Royce da 5 9. Watch out for the flipside featuring JMore Come on Over which is currently rippin it apart on Canadian radio.

Fresh from inking a new management deal with the top McKee Agency, they roped in stablemate Chris Stacey to direct and produce the tasty video for Paper Boy.

Generally available from 31st August, he’s jus gettin warmed up. Watch out for the moves with this guy.

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Cali’s DEEPROOTED were formed in 2004 by ex Battle Axe artist Mr Brady and local San Diego rap artist Johaz, to be joined later by producer DJ Artistic and female vocalist Just Brea.

Moving out from the studio to take their brand of electro soul laced hiphop to the masses, they were joined on stage by San Diego’s Urban Dynamics Crew Dancers, CeSe and Boosie, and developed a reputation as one of the hottest tickets in town, a must see at every venue.

Think The Roots mashed with The Fugees, and that’s the kind of funked up business we got goin on here.

For 3 consecutive years from 2005, DEEPROOTED were picking up various awards for their initial recordings and live performances in San Diego, and their first Vans Warped Tour in 2004 resulted in being invited to rejoin the nationwide circuit in 2005 & 2007.

They remain the only artist to score a straight 10 outta 10 three years running at the renowned Urban Network Conferences, and have opened for Public Enemy, The Roots, Common, KRS-1, Lupe Fiasco, X Clan, Wu Tang, Kurtis Blow, The Boot Camp Click and many others.

In the studio they have collaborated with Diamond D, Blu, Killah Priest, Rock of Helta Skelta, Exile, Jake One, Rhettmatic, Planet Asia, Guilty Simpson, Abstract Rude and OHNO, some of whom appear on the new album. Theyve had music featured on X Box and Play Station video games, and enjoyed support from some of the hottest urban stations in the States, including Jammin Z90, Blazin 98.9, Jazz 88.3, KJLU 88.9 and Power 106.

They have still found the time to do voluntary charity work, helping raise money and awareness in relation to the genocide in Darfur, as well as several local youth initiatives in schools and colleges.

With two previous albums released independently, they have now teamed up with Clear Label Records, headed by Souls of Mischief’s Tajai Massey for the new album’s global release. Also watch out for European tour dates in the autumn in support of Souls of Mischief.

CLR is a perfect home for DEEPROOTED, with the label’s policy on finding and taking on only the highest quality hiphop, r&b, soul and dance artists, providing them with a great support infrastructure while also allowing them to breathe, develop & retain their artistic control. It’s an organization operating on the premise of partnership with positive input from all sides, and will ensure that CLR becomes a name to watch on a global scale over the next couple of years.

DEEPROOTED’s introduction to the UK comes via their self titled album which displays a range of styles drawing from the best of traditional hiphop values, soulful vibes & off the scale contemporary production.

First single, CRAZY, is a big bass heavy slammin banger, with the mic gettin worked hard by the MCs and Just Brea providin the killer hook in the chorus. Watch for this at tv, clubs, radio and press. There will also be some choice cuts on the special promo cds being serviced for the djs that will keep all crowds happy.

Late summer will come the follow up, CELEBRATE b/w FADE, two tracks served chilled from the best bars in town. Again, be on the lookout for these at tv and on the radio stations.

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LA based Tha Vill, dubbed “Mr Fiber Optic” for his fresh NuTek-Hop take on r&b and hiphop, has come a long way from his tough upbringing on the streets of North Chicago, to drop his debut UK single HAPPY HOUR b/w FIBER OPTIC LOVE.

Co-produced by KAGE (The Saturdays “Work”, Simon Cowell’s George Sampson “Body Language”, Flo Rida, Westlife, Janet Leon, Lindsay Lohan), it’s set for release digitally 28th September 2009.

The MC, singer & producer is pushing new boundaries for electronic urban music, picking up from where Kanye, Black Eyed Peas & Flo Rida are currently at, and movin it up several gears.

Though HAPPY HOUR is being promoted globally, an earlier Stateside-only leak resulted in over 140,000 downloads in one month. Flipside FIBER OPTIC LOVE has already been released in the US with major coast to coast radio backing, including WDRE (NY), WXIS (VA), KWIN (CA), KZFM (TX), KRKA (LA) & WGCI (IL). It is also to be used in the upcoming movie “HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN”.

HAPPY HOUR will be an easy sit for all those fans of Kanye’s most recent productions, while FIBER OPTIC LOVE is a hard driving infectious hybrid of electronic dance, hiphop and r&b. It refelects the NuTek-Hop sound he has developed with a range of producers on his forthcoming album “THA VILL”, due for release later in the year. The slammin video for Happy Hour was produced by Hi Energy Entertainment, the company co-owned by Tha Vill, and is due to be released in the UK ahead of the States.

Tha Vill has been getting his grind on from an early age. Despite in his formative years living through the murder of his father, losing friends to the life of gang warfare & drugs (a life in which he subsequently became involved leading to his own incarceration) and physical abuse from a step father, he refocused his life, majored in business from college, played NCAA basketball, and returned to his first love, music.

Originally part of THE TRUE ONES signed to NY independent Hush Hush Records, he moved to LA and set up his own Free Man Records, with his debut album WELCOME TO THA VILL selling 10,000 copies, and a further 20,000 downloads.

Building further industry connections in LA resulted in him becoming “The Face” of KTLA Morning News (Tribune) via a station ident he both wrote and appeared in, with further tracks being used by MTV, VH1 and Good Day LA (Fox). He has performed nationally with Slick Rick, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Brian McKnight, Cypress Hill, Ace Young, Trea and many others. This in turn led to the formation of Hi Energy Entertainment with new partners working with international producers.

He has written, produced and featured on tracks such as CALIFORNIA (The Game, Eastwood, Ya Boy), SHIMMY (Janet Leon), LET’S TALK (Sheri Novrozi) and FAST LIFE (Ace Young), and is a current top Myspace artist

When not recording or performing, he focuses much of his time in the charity he set up “KEEP THE FAITH”, designed to help creative inner city youths reach their goals, and involves several of his fan clubs in these activities.

With his debut UK release and focus set on creating new & innovative commercial urban sounds, he now aims to build on his massive Stateside and European online fanbase.

“Mr Fiber Optic” and his handpicked NuTek-Hop production teams can count on it.


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Canada’s Classified is marking his debut UK release “Anybody Listening” on 18th May 09, with some serious key support from the UK media.


 “Self Explanatory represents a well rounded album. With everything from street bangers to good conceptual songs. Great albumDJ 279 Choice FM

Kardinal Offishall kicked down the door in 08, Drake tore it off the hinges, and it looks like Classified is set to take the Canadian invasion to a next level. 
You have been warned, Canadian HipHop is on the rise.”   
He’s one of Canada’s top & most prolific hip hop MCs, already known by the heads over the years for many releases on his own Half Life Records label.
The new Sony Canada signing has generated a new level of interest with his new video “ANYBODY LISTENING”. This is already getting support on Flava TV, Channel AKA, Urban Bass TV, Download Generation, included on many bar, club, dj & retail pools, and further video streaming coming from onlines such as RWD, ILIKEMUSIC and ORIGINS


Hot on the heels of his visit to the UK supporting D12 & Royce da 5 9 in April, Class gave an exclusive radio interview to DJ 279 at Choice FM, and freestyled some bars on BBC Radio 1’s Westwood show
Taken from his new album SELF EXPLANATORY, UK djs have also been hammering out tracks such as Loonie feat Shad K, DL Incognito & Buck 65, Trouble & Quit While Youre Ahead ft Choclair, Maestro & Moka.
Look out for press coverage coming at Music Week, Kix Magazine, Black Sheep, I:D, ILikeMusic, Origins, Invincible, RWD, Echoes, K Mag, Flux, Hooker, Big Smoke, DJ, Urban Scot and check the new feature at Hip Hop Kings