London’s Melanin 9 sat down with Nick from UK online magazine Blatantly Blunt recently ahead of the release of his new album Magna Carta which drops on 3rd December

In this video interview, he speaks on starting out as an emcee, the inspiration he draws from politics, social justice, the Black Panther and Civil Rights Movement, reading and the broad spectrum of life to write.

He acknowledges the influence played by artists such as Wu Tang, Nas, Jay Electronica, producers Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Hi Tek and reveals who he’d like to work with in the future, as well as his thoughts on operating as an independent artist and new plans with Triple Darkness.

Its an excellent insight into how Melanin 9 operates, and also addresses the general saturation of music on the internet compared to a more methodical traditional approach to releasing videos, singles and albums

Check it out

His new video “White Russian” will be released on Tuesday 20th November, details to follow very shortly

The album launch party takes place on Friday 23rd November upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane London E1 6QL. 8pm – 1am, £5 entry and 18 + event, nearest tube is Aldgate East approximately 5 minutes away. Joining him will be Host Iron Braydz, DJ 279 and there will be further performances by Genesis Elijah, Rewd Adams, Cyrus Malachi, Logic, Phoenix da Icefire and Skriblah Dangogh

Pre order CD versions of the album directly from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

Any further press or general media enquiries about the release should be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE

Keep up to date with him on twitter @Melanin_9 and Nick and the guys @BlatantlyBlunt

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DJ Slim, aka Tom Clover, is the editor of UK online PopCulturez

Longtime fan of that classic hip hop sound, he is the latest to review Melanin 9’s new album “Magna Carta” which releases to the public on 3rd December

A typically in depth review by Slim compares the feel of the album to the Golden Era and the wordplay and lyricism of Wu Tang, Mobb Deep and Nas with that true UK traditional flow style representing real stories from the street.

While fans of the Wu-Tang Clan will certainly find much to latch onto here, Melanin 9 also brings the power of UK crews like Terra Firma to bear, making this an impressively accomplished debut album” concludes the review

Read the whole review here

With his SkooledBy Performance for SBTV having just gone live and featured by The Source in the United States (view HERE )Melanin 9 is preparing the launch of his new video “White Russian” featuring Roc Marciano, as well as his album launch party Upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL on Friday 23rd November.

From 8pm – 1am there will be the opportunity to watch Melanin 9 perform live assisted by host for the night Iron Braydz, DJ 279 from Choice FM, and further performances by Genesis Elijah, Rewd Adams, Logic, Cyrus Malachi, Phoenix da Icefire and Skriblah Dangogh

Entry is £5.00, and an 18 + event.

Physical CD versions of the album can be pre-ordered via http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

Keep up to date with him on twitter @Melanin_9 and the magazine @PopCulturez

Any further media enquiries about the release can be addressed to UrbanElite PR HERE

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Clash Magazine is a renowned physical and online UK publication covering the full spectrum of musical genres

It is distributed throughout the country on a monthly basis, and each month Matt Oliver delivers his round up of the best hip hop releases and news in his “Rapture & Verse” column

Included in the issue out in November is coverage of Melanin 9’s new album “Magna Carta” which releases on 3rd December.

Anyone who’s followed the career of Melanin 9 knows that the Londoner is heavy like lead, operating on the bristles of inner city hells and concrete jungles blocking all exits. The album Magna Carta is typical of his intelligent hooliganism….” the feature opens.

The feature is included with news and new releases by Kendrick Lamar, Vinnie Paz, ?uestlove, El-P, Peanut Butter Wolf, Yungun and much more

Check the whole feature HERE

Pre – orders of the CD version of the album can be placed via http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and his launch night takes place at The Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, London from 8pm – 1am on Friday 23rd November. Also appearing will be Choice FM’s DJ 279, host for the night Iron Braydz, and further performances by Genesis Elijah, Rewd Adams, Logic, Phoenix da Icefire, Cyrus Malachi and Skriblah. Entrance is £5.00

Any further media / press enquiries about the release should be addressed to UrbanElite PR HERE

Follow Melanin 9 on twitter to keep up to date about news on the show and upcoming appearances on radio stations @Melanin_9 You can also check the regular updates from the magazine @Clash_Music

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One of the UK’s leading online platforms, The Hip Hop Chronicle, are the latest to endorse Melanin 9’s new album “Magna Carta” with a massive 9.5/10 rating

Long known for world exclusive interviews and live footage, and sharing of some of the best UK and international releases and videos, The Hip Hop Chronicle has had a big year in its development, with a growing team of contributors now covering album reviews and a range of other articles. This in addition to their ongoing partnerships with some of the biggest broadcasters on satellite and internet tv.

In this latest article, there is a genuine appreciation of this highly talented Emcee’s lyrical skills, subject matter and wordplay, all in the finest traditions of hip hop.

It’s a highly impressive analysis by Natasha Ferguson of the tracks on offer and their meaning which again reinforces his established position as one of the UK’s most respected wordsmiths. It also perhaps indicates a gradual shift in the tectonic plates back to the true essence and artists of this calibre

Read the entire review HERE

Also look out for a video interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle and Melanin 9 hitting the internet very shortly

Magna Carta releases on 3rd December, with a launch party at The Vibe Party in Brick Lane, London taking place on 23rd November and includes a line up of Choice FM’s DJ 279, Genesis Elijah, Iron Braydz, Cyrus Malachi, Rewd Adams, Logic, Skriblah, Phoenix da Icefire and more

Visit www.melanin9.com for more links to the artist’s various online platforms, and reach them on twitter @Melanin_9 and @HipHopChronicle

Media enquiries regarding this release should be sent to UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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Islington’s Melanin 9 took time out his busy schedule recently to speak with lifestyle magazine The London Word about his thoughts on the capital city

It’s a regular feature in the online publication where local residents involved in a cross section of the performing arts give their opinions and experiences on living there

Read what he has to say HERE

Meanwhile, full details of the album launch event have just been announced.

Happening upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL on Friday 23rd November, the night runs from 8pm – 1am

Door price is an extremely reasonable £5 where you will get the opportunity to see Melanin 9 perform various tracks from his new album Magna Carta, which is on general public release from 3rd December.

DJ for the night is Choice FM’s DJ 279, hosted by Neasden’s Iron Braydz.

Also performing will be Genesis Elijah, Phoenix da Icefire, Cyrus Malachi, Skriblah, Logic & Rewd Adams, which in anyone’s language is a massive lineup representing some of the best in the UK hip hop scene.

The Facebook Event Page is HERE

You can also get more information at http://vibe-bar.co.uk or call the venue on 0207 247 3479 Nearest Tube is Aldgate East which is only 5 minutes away. For any fans of hip hop in London, its an absolute must see event.

Keep up to date with Melanin 9 via http://www.melanin9.com or http://m9ether.bandcamp.com where you can also pre order CD versions of the album which will be delivered slightly ahead of official release date on 25th November

You can also follow him on twitter @Melanin_9 and the magazine via @TheLondonWord

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Magna Carta is one of the best British hip hop albums I’ve heard in a long, long time” concludes Andrew Kay in his review of Melanin 9’s debut LP for the UK magazine Blacksheep

An in depth track by track analysis is then perfectly summarized, highlighting the mix of an emcee with deep thought provoking lyrics and highly skilled wordplay, complimented by a range of beats from the standard boom – bap hip hop head-nodders, jazzy mood music and electronica.

Melanin 9 isn’t an artist afraid to push the musical boundaries, experiment with different sounds and production and yet keep a the 14 track album coherent and one which is already providing high praise from many which you will see in the weeks ahead.

The UK hip hop community has long known about this highly talented wordsmith, but there is about to be a wider appreciation from a larger cross section of the musical fraternity

Read the whole review HERE

Very shortly, you will be able to watch video interviews with The Hip Hop Chronicle and Blatantly Blunt, his special exclusive performance for SBTV’s new SkooledBy series and hear him on Funhouse with Kiss FM’s DJ MK, and on DJ 279’s legendary Saturday Night Flavas Choice FM radio show

Busy putting the final line up together for his album launch event at The Vibe Bar in London on 23rd November, he will also be launching the new video for his track “White Russian” featuring Roc Marciano in the next couple of weeks, so keep em peeled for that.

The album releases to the general public on 3rd December, however CD versions of the album can be pre-ordered from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and will be delivered by 25th November

You can also follow him on twitter via @Melanin_9

All media enquiries related to this release should be addressed to UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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Expect this to be the first of many!

London’s Melanin 9 releases his debut official album “Magna Carta” on 3rd December, following on from much vaunted Mixtapes and EP’s “High Fidelity”, “144,000” and “Orion’s Stencil”

Journalist Oli Arditi is first off the mark with a typically in depth analysis of the 14 tracks on offer which includes features by Triple Darkness and Roc Marciano.

As an artist, Melanin 9 is renowned as a conscientious lyricist with superior wordplay, and its no secret that this album has been a long time in the making, as each, verse, track, producer and guest artist is painstakingly put together, a fact Oli picks up on

The degree of commitment and seriousness with which this album has been assembled is hard to miss”….”this is an artwork of great power, remarkable vision and pinpoint accuracy

Its a really insightful review of the album and the artist, and can be read in full HERE

A new single from the album “Landmark” produced by Anatomy will be launched this week, with further special releases earmarked in the coming weeks and months. He will also be filming a new interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle and performance for the SBTV Series SkooledBy shortly, so look out for those hitting the internet soon.

To mark the release of the album, a launch event will take place at London’s Vibe Bar on 23rd November. Full details of special guests and more information about the night will be announced in the next couple of weeks, but it will be a night not to miss for all fans of hip hop in the city

Keep up to date with what he’s doing via www.m9ether.bandcamp.com where you can also pre order CD versions of the album, and via his twitter @Melanin_9 You can also connect with Oli on twitter at @oli_the_bass

For any media enquiries, interview requests or dj requests, contact UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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