The new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” by eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble releases on September 29th through 22 Entertainment, the follow up to their critically acclaimed “Veteran” EP from late last year.

Distributed worldwide by The Orchard and featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, White Rhino, Tragedy Khadafi and rap battler D.N.A., it is also available to pre-order in digital and physical CD formats direct from the label’s BANDCAMP

The quality of lyricism and production on display throughout is not lost on the UK’s Black Sheep Magazine who have afforded it a 4 star rating in their review written by London journalist Andrew Kay, which also acknowledges both the traditional and contemporary feel of the release – hip hop for all ages and eras.

READ THE REVIEW IN FULL HERE

Two singles released to date are “Walk the Walk” ft Kool G Rap and “Guillotine Chop featuring Planet Asia and one of Frost’s development stable, Canadian upcomer White Rhino. Check out the streams

It’s proving a busy time for producer Frost having released “Black Beach” earlier this year with Detroit’s ZotheJerk, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” precedes a new EP “Rare Fabric” with Tragedy Khadafi out on October 20th.

He is also currently working on new music with Royce da 5’9″ and Horseshoe Gang while completing a new solo project “I Missed My Bus” which includes guest artists KXBG Crooked, Ras Kass, Skyzoo, Rah Digga, Ruste Juxx, Guilty Simpson and many more.

Both he and Chop will be in NYC promoting the new album mid October, meeting with press and appearing on various radio stations including DJ Eclipse’s Rap Is Outta Control Sirius XM show.

Connect with them on social media via twitter @ToneChop @FrostGamble, on IG @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble and via their joint Facebook Page

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ATM-Blacksheep

Long Beach crew Horseshoe Gang, the younger brothers of KXNG Crooked, release their new album “Anti-Trap Music” on April 29th through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment

CD versions, including autographed copies with additional merchandise can be pre-ordered HERE The album will also be available on iTunes

The album includes production by KXNG Crooked and a number of European producers including Grammy Award winners Pitchshifters, Tabu (Kendrick Lamar, Aftermath) and Jonathan Elkaer who provided the beats for the two singles relased so far “Poverty Slogans” and “Crooked I Robot”

An early 4 star review comes courtesy of Andrew Kay for the long running UK online Blacksheep Magazine. The in depth track by track analysis which summarizes “Anti-Trap music lives up to its agenda through a mixture of styles and narratives. The production is way above standard, combining traditional and the present. Lyrically, it’s a professional and powerful combination of chemistry and raw talent, with a nod to the past and a uniqueness all of their own.” can be read in full HERE

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The group are currently busy conducting interviews with members of international media and in the studio recording some new material, the results of all of which you will see soon.

Meantime, you can stay updated on Horseshoe Gang news via their TWITTER and FACEBOOK accounts. Here are the stream of their singles, both of which are available on iTunes now.

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Buggs-BlacksheepMag

Releasing on 10th December 2014, the new album “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet” by Cincinnati hip hop artist Buggs tha Rocka includes production by Hop Trax, Sal Dali, !llmind & Jake One, and a variety of featured artists including Tanya Morgan, Chuck Inglish, MOOD and Piakhan.

A total of 19 tracks appear on the release, and the UK’s online magazine Blacksheep has just run the rule over it.

Offered a 4 star rating, their contributor Andrew Kay opens “Refreshingly, the title of his album refers to the official skill of rapping: being a poet….the thing that strikes you is the astonishingly diverse production and changes in mood and atmosphere that occur from track to track. Scattered might be how he’s sprinkled his lyrics over affected beats, but the strategy works.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

Look out for the launch of a new video for the track “Angel of Death featuring Piakhan and produced by Hop Trax next week as part of a special feature with a British online magazine. There will also soon be a video launched documenting the Reflection Eternal reunion show which took place in Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery in October. Meantime check the teaser video for the album

Scattered Thoughts: Teaser X from Buggs Tha Rocka on Vimeo.

Buggs has been busy this week conducting interviews with international publications and magazines. Any press & media who would like a promotional copy of the album to review, or who would wish to request an interview with the artist can contact UrbanElite PR HERE

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VerbalsWARdz-Blacksheep

North London Emcee & producer Iron Braydz release his new Verbal sWARdz EP on 14th April, the first since his 2012 mixtape Holla @ Braydz

The first of a series of new solo releases over the next 12 months for the newest member of Triple Darkness, he will also be appearing in a new independent film “Night Bus” directed by Simon Baker who picked up several awards for his “Paralympic” series for Channel 4.

British online hip hop magazine Blacksheep are one of the first to run the rule over the 10 track EP, and the review, afforded a 4 star rating opens with a desription of Braydz as having “talent to spare: verbally dextrous, insightful, passionate, determined with playful wordplay; enough to set him aside from the competition.

A track by track synopsis follows before reviewer Andrew Kay summarizes “Verbal Swardz conjures up memories of classic Wu-Tang Clan with retro samples and drum patterns, with additional complexity in the production. Iron Bradyz is a talented and passionate MC- it comes across every time he rhymes. There’s a lot going on here and this deserves to be consumed by those who love a proper U.K MC thinking outside the musical box.

Read the whole article HERE

There have been a couple releases from the EP so far, the audio for “Millennium” featuring Organized Konfusion’s Prince Po and most recently the new video for “Dredd”. Check them out

Look out for much more international media coverage on this in the coming months, and meantime check in with Iron Braydz on twitter @Braydz and on Facebook at HollaAtBraydz. Can also reach the magazine on twitter @Blacksheepmag

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RighteousFury-Blacksheep

Long Beach rapper Matt Maddox, now based in Kansas in America’s midwest, releases his sophomore solo album “Righteous Fury” on 25th February via Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music.

He follows in the international theme of his original Guerilla War Tactix crew with features and production from both sides of the Atlantic, including C Lance of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vanderslice, the UK’s Edd Bundy & turntablist DJ TMB, Tragedy Khadafi, Reef the Lost Cauze, Sicknature of the Snowgoons, Nemesis, Skammadix, King Magnetic and many more.

UK online publication Blacksheep Magazine have reported on authentic hip hop with superior beats and lyricism for many years, and their writer Andrew Kay gave “Righteous Fury” a test drive to see how it delivered

A 4 star review which dissects the production, lyrical content & flow, particularly his comparison of the legacy left by the true greats to some contemporary representation of the genre in “No Country For Old Men” is summarized “Maddox might come from the Mid-West, but don’t let that judge it or fool you- he’s the real deal: a post recession MC that says something, keeps your head rocking, your brain ticking and giving rap some injection of purpose. Not a moment too soon!

Read the whole review HERE

Matt Maddox hits the road soon with Reef the Lost Cauze and Adlib for a mini tour of the States, with subsequent dates being scheduled for Canada, the UK & Europe and Australia, as well as a performance at SXSW

You can catch him at any of the following:

Feb 20th- Allentown, PA Pitchers Lounge
Feb 21st- Quakertown, PA The Eagle
Feb 22nd- Staten Island, NY The Full Cup
Feb 23rd- Atlantic City, NJ Gran Fromage
Feb 28th- Spartanburg, SC Mirrors Gentlemens Club
March 1st- Ashville, NC Haywood Lounge
March 2nd- Norfolk, VA The Iguana
March 5th- Chicago, IL Sub T lounge
March 6th- Madison, WI
March 7th- Milwaukee, WI The Stone Fly
March 9th- Appleton, WI Capital Centre

There have been some official releases from the album, including his single with Tragedy Khadafi “Street Art” and the video for No Country for Old Men. Check em out

You can follow Matt on twitter @MattMaddox82 the magazine @Blacksheepmag and the labels @RedPhoneRecords & @Seven13Music The album can be pre-ordered on iTunes at http://georiot.co/3ILt

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RPL-Guestlist

Apex Zero took some time out recently to speak with Andrew Kay for British magazine Guestlist recently to speak on his new album “Reality Provoking Liberation” which released on Monday 28th October.

It’s the debut solo album from the London rapper and producer, a brief departure from his work as part of the hip hop duo First and Last. It’s had an impressive media response in the past couple of months, with an appreciation not only for the conscientious lyricism addressing a range of political and social issues, but the ferocity of the delivery and quality in production.

In the interview, he also speaks on his background in starting out in hip hop, and how artists such as Immortal Technique, dead prez, Wu Tang, Nas, Chinese philosophy, historic figures Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Huey P Newton and writers Michel Foucault & Molefi Kete Asante have all influenced and contributed to his way of thinking. He also goes into detail about the extent of his musical influences, which are wide ranging,and his thoughts on the UK hip hop scene, past and present

Read the whole article HERE

Apex is busy rehearsing with his live band for his launch event on Saturday 7th December which takes place upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL. Also performing will be Caxton Press and Iron Braydz. DJ for the night is A.Gee from Itch FM, hosted by Peaches. £5 on the door, 8pm – 1am, all details about the venue at www.vibe-bar.co.uk

The album is available to buy now in digital and CD formats directly HERE

You can keep up to date with him on twitter @ApexZero00 and also connect with the magazine @Guestlistdotnet

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Look out for a new video for his single Absolute Zero launching on 4th November, but meantime check out his previous one for Chaotic Revolt

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RPL-Blacksheep

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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