It’s been just over 12 months since “The Donald” pulled off the deal of his life and kissed the pentagram at the crossroads…”Satan, great guy, Cambions, good people, it’s gonna be beautiful…“…but despite clearly not being in the presence of a responsible adult while airing his views on social media, the planet is at least still here (at the time of writing).

2017 has been another busy one for us and the wider hip hop world. As 2018 approaches, we’ve listed below albums released this year we’d recommend for the hip hop connoisseur – a mixture of those we have promoted together with some other gems.

ZOtheJERK & FROST GAMBLE – ALBUM – “BLACK BEACH” released on May 26th

The first of several projects spearheaded this year by one of the fastest emerging names in hip hop production Frost Gamble, originally from NY State but now resident in Winnipeg. The concept is similar in approach to artists such as Constant Deviants and Run the Jewels or several collaborative releases in recent years from Apollo Brown, Statik Selektah and DJ Premier.

The album “Black Beach” with Detroit rapper ZotheJerk is rammed full of passionate conscious rhymes, a depiction of the current experience for “Black America” addressing subjects of oppression, injustices, police brutality, aspirations and the importance of positive paternal role models.

The politics are well balanced with a healthy slice of humour by the Michigan MC who appeared as an extra in “8 Mile”, worked closely with the late Proof of D12 and received a “Humanitarian of the Year” award for mentoring work in the community.

Guest featured artists include Boldy James, Sadat X, Guilty Simpson and KXNG Crooked.

Available on digital formats from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

The exclusive deluxe edition can be bought and streamed on Bandcamp

TONE CHOP & FROST GAMBLE – ALBUM – “RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN” released on September 29th

Chop & Frost are long time sparring partners from their days together during the 90’s in Binghamton, NY, and the new album was the follow up to their debut EP release “Veteran” late in 2016.

Both devotees to the origins of the culture, ex graff artist Chop cut his teeth in the local rap battle scene and is armed with a sharp wit, fierce punchline bars and incisive metaphors. The album’s themes switch seemlessly from trademark demoltion mode to the art of storytelling throughout, aided and abetted by guest featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, rap battler DNA, Tragedy Khadafi and Canadian upcomer White Rhino.

Ex b-boy Frost again laces the release with high quality sample fuelled beats infused with soul, funk, r&b, dub and electronica, producing a rich soundscape drawn from a classic era with contemporary values.

Available on CD and digital formats from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

It can also be bought and streamed from Bandcamp

In October, Frost followed up with another buzz release in the shape of his EP “Rare Fabric”, another collaboration this time with Tragedy Khadafi. Again available from Bandcamp

He has also released the first single from his new solo producer album “I Missed My Bus”. Due out in 2018 and including guest featured artists Rah Digga, KXNG Crooked, Skyzoo, Guilty Simpson, Ruste Juxx, Conway the Machine, Planet Asia, Sadat X and of course his Nostalgia Clic crew of Zo, Chop & White Rhino, “Effin Great” featuring Ras Kass is another available from the label 22 Entertainment’s Bandcamp

DA FLYY HOOLIGAN – ALBUM – “S.C.U.M.” released on October 27th

One of the most gifted and creative artists in the UK hip hop scene for several years, north west London rapper brought his lyrical “A” game to the table on his new album “S.C.U.M.”, the follow up to his EP “F.Y.L.P.M.” released earlier in the year.

A cathartic indulgence to liberate the soul, the suave sophistication of this latest offering addresses all things aspirational. Bullish rhymes throw off the shackles in a journey through the human condition in a series of charismatic portrayals in the pursuit of a life less ordinary.

With lavish production provided by the UK’s Agor, DFH showcases all the suprior verbal prowess in his armoury, joined by guest featured artists Hus Kingpin and new Shady signing Westside Gunn for a combination of antagonistic grimy bars and uncomprimising rhymes.

Available in CD and digital formats from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

Buy and stream on Bandcamp

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MELANIN 9 – ALBUM – “OLD PICTURES” Released October 27th

Another extremely gifted and highly respected lyricist from north London we’ve worked with several times in the past, not least on the critically acclaimed “Magna Carta” album of 2013.

We heard from M9 earlier in the year and were delighted to learn of his progression and tie up with a European label for the release of “Old Pictures”. An artist who meticulously takes the time to ensure everything’s ready to come to the table, but it’s always worth the wait when it does.

SHAYJTODAY – ALBUM – “val{you}” – released December

A highly talented rapper from Florida we think could have a big future.

We were introduced to the name a few weeks ago by his management team and were highly impressed by the quality of lyricism and production on this release which is very much contemporary but intelligently mixed with classic reference points.

From beginning to end it’s an extremely well constructed and thought out piece of work which in itself is rare and refreshing to hear. We understand a move to Europe is on the cards with a possible date in London pencilled in for Spring 2018

Available on iTunes and Spotify

Buy & stream on Bandcamp

HORSESHOE GANG – ALBUM – “DOPE LYRICS MATTER” – released December

Not a lot more we can say about these guys, they’re lyrically lethal !

Not that it should be a surprise given they’re the younger brothers of KXNG Crooked, we worked with them last year on their album “Anti Trap Music” and they’ve just dropped an absolute barnstormer in “Dope Lyrics Matter”.

They clearly do, just as with all the releases highlighted here today

Available from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

Buy and stream on Bandcamp

Enjoy the dope beats & rhymes, and if you like ’em, buy ’em !

Our contact information details are available HERE should media have any enquiries regarding the artists.

UrbanElite PR would like to thank everyone for their support this year, and we wish you all the best for 2018.

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Eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble released their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” in September featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, DNA and Tragedy Khadafi.

While in NYC last month they appeared as guests of DJ Eclipse on his Sirius XM “Rap Is Outta Control Show” a few days before Frost released his “Rare Fabric” EP with Tragedy Khadafi and his remix of the Kid Vishis single “Go Off” featuring Royce da 5’9″.

The pair are back with a brand new joint “Chop ‘Em Up [Freestyle]” made available as a free download today, the battle hardened rapper delivering a salvo of his trademark punchline bars over Frost’s bass heavy beats that kick like a mule.

STREAM & DOWNLOAD THE MP3 FROM SOUNDCLOUD

“Respect Is Earned Not Given” available on CD & digital formats

AMAZON xxx BANDCAMP xxx iTUNES xxx SPOTIFY

Connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble on social media, via Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, Instagram @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

All media & press enquiries regarding Tone Chop, Frost Gamble and their new album, including DJ requests for a full quality (320) mp3 of the clean radio edit of “Chop ‘Em Up” can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact information details are available HERE

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Eastcoast rapper & producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble were in NYC last month promoting their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” which released on September 29th through Miami label 22 Entertainment.

Featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, rap battler DNA and Tragedy Khadafi, it is available on CD and digital formats from online stores worldwide including Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify

They appeared as guests on DJ Eclipse’s Rap Is Outta Control show which as usual ends with a freestyle session. Chop, being the seasoned veteran he is dating back to his days starting out in street corner rap battles in upstate NY, brought the full armoury to the table on this one.

FIRST BROADCAST LIVE, OCTOBER 16TH ON SIRIUS XM HIP HOP NATION, CHECK OUT THE AUDIO STREAM

Rap Is Outta Control is now broadcast every Thursday from 10pm – 12pm EST on Sirius XM Channel 44.

Chop & Frost will be releasing a brand new special cut on November 22nd – look out for that one!

Frost, who has emerged in the past year as one of the hottest hip hop producers on the scene, is also finishing his new solo album “I Missed My Bus” due out in the first half of 2018 which will include guest featured artists Conway, Rah Digga, Crooked I, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, Rass Kas, Guilty Simpson and many more.

He released his “Rare Fabric” EP with Tragedy Khadafi on October 20th and remixed the Kid Vishis & Royce da 5’9″ joint “Go Off“.

Connect with the pair on social media via Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, on Instagram @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

All media, press and radio station DJ enquiries and requests regarding Tone Chop, Frost Gamble and their new album can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All of our contact information details are available HERE

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NY State rapper Tone Chop & producer Frost Gamble released their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” on September 29th through Miami label 22 Entertainment.

Featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, rap battler DNA, Tragedy Khadafi, Bigga Haitian, Canadian upcomer White Rhino and DJ Waxamillion, it is available in physical CD and digital formats from stores worldwide including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp & Spotify.

They have today launched the new video for the album track “Bing Stories”. Animated by Dion Johnson, it storyboards the poignant true life tale portrayed by the Binghamton lyricist creatively mixing two themes under one narrative.

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO “BING STORIES” ON YOUTUBE

Chop & Frost will be guests on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” show broadcasting live on Sirius XM Hip Hop Nation, Monday October 16th

Any members of the press, media or radio station DJs who would also like to meet the pair in NYC next week can send their requests to us at UrbanElite PR, our contact information is available HERE

Connect with them on social media

Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, the label @22entertainmen & video director @PxLXAStudio
IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble
FB Tone & Chop’s Joint Page

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NY State rapper & producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble [now resident in Canada] sat down recently with French online magazine In The Mood TV to discuss their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” which released through 22 Entertainment on September 29th.

During the interviews which were filmed exclusively for the magazine’s Youtube channel, the pair discuss the themse and concepts behind the album and also give a behind the scenes account of their working relationships with featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi and rap battler DNA.

Watch the interviews in full

TONE CHOP

FROST GAMBLE

The album is available on CD, digital mp3 and streaming formats from multiple online stores worldwide, including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp & Spotify

Listen to the stream on Soundcloud

The duo are in NYC on Monday October 16th and Tuesday October 17th meeting with press and media, including appearing as guests on DJ Eclipse’s Sirius XM ‘Rap Is Outta Control” show. On Tuesday they will launch the new animated video for their album track “Bing Stories”.

Look out for more interviews and reviews in the weeks ahead, and connect with the pair on social media via Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & Frost.Gamble & over on their joint Facebook Page

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In the lead up to the release of his new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” last week with long time sparring partner Tone Chop, NY state hip hop producer Frost Gamble, currently resident in Winnipeg Canada, sat down with Chicago online magazine “Flows for Days”.

In the article published yesterday, the crate digger speaks about the switch from vinyl in the beatmaking process and the progression from last year’s “Veteran” EP with Chop to the new album.

He discusses how he first started out in production, the earliest influences, his work on an award winning gospel album and also a project with the legendary Rakim’s son Tahmell, and the impact signing with Miami’s 22 Entertainment has had on his career – a label whose back catalogue includes Royce da 5’9″, Fashawn, J-Kwon, Bumpy Knuckles, KXNG Crooked, Joe Budden and many more.

Frost will also release a new EP “Rare Fabric” on October 20th, a collaboration with Tragedsy Khadafi and a new solo LP “I Missed My Bus” featuring KXNG Crooked, Ruste Juxx, Skyzoo, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass and many more is due out in early 2018.

The feature ends with Frost outlining which of today’s artists he rocks with the most, and also explains the source of his artist name. READ IT IN FULL HERE

Featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, White Rhino, DNA, Tragedy Khadafi, DJ Waxamillion & Bigga Haitian, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” released last Friday, September 29th. Available on CD, digital mp3 and streaming formats from online stores worldwide.

The latest review comes courtesy of US online magazine Slickster Magazine. Written by Dom Wright who article is interspersed with GIFs to emphasise the point, he summarises “All in all, this album was a true work of art…can’t wait to hear what’s next from these guys as well as their next move

READ HIS APPRAISAL IN FULL HERE

Listen to the album stream on Soundcloud – whether your preference is Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp or Spotify, the relevant purchase links are all contained within the stream’s notes

The duo release a new animated video for the album track “Bing Stories” next week and then visit NYC on 16th & 17th October to meet with press and media, including a guest appearance on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” show on Sirius XM [Hip Hop Nation].

Connect with them on social media, via twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joing FB Page

All media, press and radio station enquiries regarding Tone Chop & Frost Gamble, including requests to interview the pair in person in NYC or by other standard methods can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact information is available HERE

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Released on Friday September 29th through 22 Entertainment, the new hip hop album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” by NY State rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble includes guest featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Bigga Haitian, rap battler DNA, Canadian upcomer White Rhino, DJ Waxamillion and Tragedy Khadafi.

Available on CD, digital mp3 and streaming formats from a wide range of international stores including Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

TRACKLIST

1 – The Return Intro
2 – Walk the Walk ft Kool G Rap
3 – Bing Stories
4 – Passion
5 – In The Streets ft DNA
6 – Get Beat Down
7 – It’s Hip Hop
8 – Guillotine Chop ft White Rhino & Planet Asia
9 – Slow Flow Remarkable ft DJ Waxamillion
10 – World Struggle ft Bigga Haitian
11 – Inspiration
12 – Beat Knocking
13 – Here I Go ft Tragedy Khadafi
14 – See You Again

It has just been given an 8 outta 10 rating by Uncle Hotep in his new video review uploaded to Youtube

Speaking of videos, Chop, who made his name in Binghamton’s rap battle circuit, just dropped this new video for bonus cut “Frighten You” shot in his home town by Big Drew Grafix

Chop & Frost will drop an animated video for their track “Bing Stories” on October 10th before heading to NYC October 16th & 17th promoting the album, meeting with press and appearing as guests on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control Show on Sirius XM Hip Hop Nation.

They’re on Twitter @ToneChop & FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble & have a joint FB Page

Look out for more album reviews and interviews in the days and weeks ahead. All media, press and radio station DJ enquiries about Tone Chop, Frost Gamble and their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given”, including requests to meet the pair while in NYC, can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are available HERE

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