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London’s Apex Zero released his debut solo album Reality Provoking Liberation on 28th October and has received a highly impressive international media response, including a 4 star review in the current issue of MOJO Magazine

There’s been a real appreciation for the political and social issues addressed by the young emcee, combined with his trademark energetic delivery style and conscientious lyricism. The latest release from the largely self produced album is the new single “Absolute Zero”. A regular favourite with reviewers with its fierce flow and driving beat, the video was launched today, filmed by Global Faction.

Apex celebrates the release with his re-arranged album launch party happening on Saturday 7th December upstairs at the Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. Showcasing tracks from the LP with a live band, there will also be performances by Caxton Press & Iron Braydz, with Itch FM’s A Gee on turntable duties. The night runs from 8pm – 1am with all details available from www.vibe-bar.co.uk

The album can be bought in digital and CD format from http://firstandlast.bandcamp.com and you can connect with Apex on twitter @ApexZero00

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British publication Blacksheep Magazine has a long history of reporting on international hip hop & rap music news, events, releases & features.

Their regular contributor Andrew Kay took several listens through the new album by London’s Apex Zero. Out on 28th October, “Reality Provoking Liberation” is his debut solo album, although has released a previous mixtape in 2012 “The Pulse of the Awakening” and was previously known as part of the duo First and Last (still going strong) and the group The Pantheonz of Zenn-La.

Coming up through London events such as End of the Weak & Speaker’s Corner, and as part of these groups, he became known for his lyricism covering a wide range of political and social issues combined with a fiery delivery style. The review touches upon this in “The anger and the passion command every verse enabled by some wonderfully fluid production“, the production in the large part also courtesy of Apex Zero with further contributions from First and Last’s OMeziah

With comparisons of the “social commentary” made with artists such as Public Enemy, Immortal Technique and Brother Ali with a “rich London and UK centric vibe to it” the review then proceeds through a track by track breakdown, summarized as a whole with the description “an album of reportage, a war report from the tower blocks of a stark, cold Big Smoke, where social injustice and human enslavement are commented upon with the fist pumping ire of a frustrated humanist.

Read the full review HERE

Check out examples of the album via the single “A Meeting of the Continents” featuring Hasan Salaam & Iron Braydz, and the video Chaotic Revolt

The date for the re-arranged album launch event in London will be announced very shortly. You will hear about it here, or you can read about it by following Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 or checking on his official website www.firstandlastpride.co.uk You can also follow the magazine on twitter @Blacksheepmag

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In the lead up to the release of his debut solo album, London’s hip hop rapper & producer Apex Zero took time out to speak with British online publication Flavour Magazine.

Flavour is a well established magazine covering a broad spectrum of urban culture whether music, news, general entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, movies and events. The album Reality Provoking Liberation, which releases on 28th October, has made a major impression with media for the range of political and social issues addressed by the Emcee, and the powerful lyricism with which they’re delivered. So the magazine’s contributor Delphina Scott was sent along to find out more about what makes the man tick

Read what he had to say HERE

There will be much more press coverage on this release in the weeks ahead, and you’ll be able to hear him live on Itch FM on Saturday 26th October from 8pm (GMT), and on Bang FM, Tuesday 29th October from 10pm (GMT).

Meanwhile, check out a couple of his singles from his album

A Meeting of the Continents ft Hasan Salaam & Iron Braydz

Spray The Roof ft OMeza Omniscient & Invincible Armour

Any press or media with further inquiries about the album, or dj’s requiring clean radio edit mp3’s of the singles should contact UrbanElite PR HERE

Meanwhile keep up to date with Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 and via his site www.firstandlastpride.co.uk and look out for confirmation of his re-arranged album launch event in London being announced in the next couple of days. You can also follow the magazine on twitter @FlavourMag and connect with Delphina at @RawBlueCheese

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British online magazine In-Spirels is a general lifestyle publication which, as the name suggests, features people, events and places aimed to act as an inspiration to others, whether in the field of fashion, health, sports, careers, relationships, film & music.

Their features editor Taytula Burke took time out recently to meet up with hip hop rapper & producer Apex Zero in London to discuss his new album Reality Provoking Liberation, the political and social issues he addresses in his lyricism, the experience of operating as an independent artist and the philosophers and artists who have inspired him

Rated as “One to Watch”, read the article HERE

He has just launched his new single “Spray The Roof” which features OMeza Omniscient and Invincible Armour. Check it out on Soundcloud

Details of the re-arranged date for his album launch party will be announced shortly. Originally planned for 2nd November, it has had to be put back a little later due to schedule commitments but look out for official word on that soon.

Any djs looking for the full quality clean radio edits of Spray the Roof or any other singles released by Apex Zero, or any other media & press inquiries about the album, can contact UrbanElite PR HERE

Meantime, keep up to date with Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 and the magazine @inspireLS You can connect with Taytula also at @Taykeova

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New UK Single & Video – Jamieson – Ways To Get Ahead

Kilburn’s Jamieson, now based in the South Bronx, NYC, follows up his tribute to his hometown “London Freestyle” with the new single & video “Ways to Get Ahead”.

Taken from the final instalment of his Mixtape Trilogy “I Came I Saw”, the track chronicles the journey he’s taken from his days as part of UK hip hop duo Twisted Thoughts with K.I.L.L.A.G.R.A.M. to his move over to the States and the work he’s been putting in since arriving there in 2007.

From the launch of his Foreign Exchange mixtape hosted by DJ Whoo Kid, he’s enjoyed regular support from DJ Booth, XXL, 2 Dope Boys, This Is 50, Hip Hop Dx and a wide range of other key tastemakers across the country. Working with artists Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, Skyzoo and receiving co:signs from Yelawolf, RZA and B-Real, there’s little doubt this London born & bred MC has been packing in a mountain of work, and “Ways To Get Ahead” documents the grind.

The mixtape launches soon ahead of his brand new single “I Get Busy”, set for international release in the
Spring

www.iamjamieson.com twitter @jamiesonmusic

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Sister Elements launches a brand new hip hop night “Grandma’s Party” on Friday 30th March with a mix of live performances, dj sets and a short film world premiere

Performers

Fresh from a support slot with Souls of Mischief at Manchester’s Roadhouse on March 7th, Sister Elements, aka Sarah Sayeed, headlines by performing tracks from her new upcoming album. Described by BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction as “a 360 degree conscious artist & fearless lyricist”, she previously released her video .”Contentment”, and has since performed all over the world.

Further live sets on the night come from Manchester’s James Gill, some cool hip hop & funk sounds from female rapper Rain Freedom and a special performance from Ella Mesma, quoted by The Times as “Hip Hop dance’s ongoing potential for deeper expression”.

DJ Sets

Two of the UK’s hip hop heavyweights will be on dj duty. Sarah Love, fresh from supporting Aloe Blacc’s tour in December, and her own tour of Australia in January will be bringing you the real hiphop flavas she’s famous for since her days with Kung Fu, MTV and BBC 1Xtra. A new video interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle has just gone live where she speaks on the early days and her views on the scene today.

Excalibah is well known to the heads as an award winning dj for his Tales From The Legend BBC 1Xtra radio show where he gave early national airplay to artists such as Estelle, Pro Green, Sway and Plan B.

Film screening

There will also be the screening of the short film, “Hip Hop Had A Dream”. While researching his book of the same name released in 2008, the UK’s Damien Morgan interviewed a number of renowned names including Sugarhill Gang, Ty, Bashy, Ghostface Killah, Joe Budden, Professor Griff, Chuck D & Skinnyman for their views on the culture of hiphop, their early influences and the journey it has taken from the early days to now.

These interviews were documented in film and have just been edited together in a short 15 minute documentary set for its worldwide premiere at Grandma’s Party

Big night for lovers of Tru Skool hip hop & the emergence of another regular event showcasing the best in new UK talent.

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/216319831794993/

ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM www.richmix.co.uk (£7 advance / £10 OTD)

VENUE : Rich Mix, 35 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA – nearest stations Liverpool St & Bethnal Green

TWITTER : @RichMixLondon @SisterElements @DJSarahLove @Excalibah @Rain_Freedom @EllaMesma

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Two of the UK’s heavyweights in the hiphop scene met up recently in London to produce this new video just gone live tonight

Sumit from The Hip Hop Chronicle has established himself as the premier online blog for hiphop news from the UK and overseas over the years with content featured on BET, MTV and shared widely on the internet by all the top online media outlets in the United States.

DJ Sarah Love established her position as the “1st Lady of Hiphop” from her early days performing sets at London’s famous Kung Fu events, to helping set up MTV Africa, smashing sets for MTV Europe parties, presenting for MTV UK’s The Lick and spearheading the only hiphop show on BBC’s Radio 1Xtra up until 2010, which drew an un-equalled international audience.

Most recently she was the offical tour dj for Aloe Blacc’s series of dates in the UK during December 2011, and has just returned from a month long tour of Australia where she supported Pete Rock and Immortal Technique

They sat down in London to discuss Sarah’s early days, her rated albums and artists over the years, and also her thoughts on the hiphop scene in the UK today. Look out for Australian producer M-Phazes in the background who also has an interview coming soon on The Hip Hop Chronicle.

DJ Sarah Love is a regular on the international hiphop club circuit, but UK heads can next expect to see her perform in London on 30th March along with another ex BBC 1Xtra stalwart DJ Excalibah at Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road….although check back here for possible earlier dates….

Both The Hip Hop Chronicle and DJ Sarah Love will be at the launch of a brand new club night launching in London on the 27th April which will be the only one to celebrate and fully represent the traditional 4 elements of hiphop. Details to follow

You can keep in touch with both at www.djsarahlove.com www.thehiphopchronicle.com or via twitter @DJSarahLove and @HipHopChronicle

Enjoy

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During her support tour in the UK with Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter in December, London’s DJ Sarah Love dropped in on some old fam in Nottingham, and was interviewed for online tv Press Play Entertainment as part of their “Introduce Yourself” series.

Also present was UK MC Scorzayzee, and she spoke of her past with Kung Fu, BBC 1Xtra, MTV, Beatminerz Radio, supporting acts such as Wu Tang, KRS-1 & her background in music which includes starting off as a drummer…though she passed on the oppo to give us a quick Buddy Rich !

Currently on tour in Australia until the end of January, she will be at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney on the 12th, supporting Immortal Technique at the Metro Theatre Sydney on the 19th and at the city’s Red Room on the 21st.

A regular on the international hip hop circuit, look out for a few more UK dates in the early Spring being announced soon.

Can keep up to date with what Sarah is doing via her official site www.djsarahlove.com or her social media platforms www.facebook.com/DJSarahLove or on twitter @DJSarahLove

Also check check in with the guys in Nottingham @TeamPressPlay & @Scorzayzee

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Its become a tradition around Xmas time. Like apocalyptically bad tv schedules, running battles with relatives or 80% discount pre-sales sales signs going up…just before the “to-let signs”…at least the day is brightened up by west London’s Hip Hop MC Mystro’s annual appearance on BBC Radio 1Xtra

His UK Rap Up covers the world of entertainment and events with his usual dry humour and on point production from Colin Emmanuel, aka Black Einstein

One of the most respected UK MCs, 2012 will see his new free EP “What Type of Drug is Mystrogen” dropping ahead of his long awaited debut album “MYSTROGEN”

You can download the entire audio mp3 for this at http://www.mysdiggi.com/wp-content/mysmp3s/Mystro-UK-Rap-Up-2011.mp3

He is everywhere online, has his own video diaries on Youtube, and you can keep up to date with everything from his official site www.mysdiggi.com

Can follow the guys on twitter @Mystrogen & @BlackEinstein Rap Up Artwork by @DJEssDee

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On the eve of beginning her dj support tour in the UK for Aloe Blacc, DJ Sarah Love spoke with Sasha Shantel the editor of In-Spirels Magazine as part of their “Wonder Woman” feature

Here she talks about her early days performing at the various Kung Fu nights in London, her time with BBC 1Xtra, the djs who have inspired her, her Mobo nominations, performing with Wu Tang and The Roots and much more

In-Spirels is a publication dedicated to those who motivate and inspire, designed to encourage young talent and recognize achievements

The “Aloe Blacc & The Grand Design” tour starts in Birmingham on Saturday 3rd December, followed by Leeds 4th, Nottingham 5th, Manchester 7th, Newcastle 8th, Sheffield 9th, Liverpool 11th, Glasgow 12th, Bristol 13th, Hammersmith Apollo 15th and finishes at Brighton Dome on the 16th

Check the interview at www.in-spirelsmagazine.co.uk/?p=10020

Follow on twitter @DJSarahLove and @Inspirels

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