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US journalist Samuel Odunsi Jr, ex contributor to Dead End Hip Hop among others, has returned from a short hiatus last year to launch his own new online platform which focuses on new music and movie releases.

Among his initial new content is a new review of the album “Everything 050” released in August lat year by New Jersey hip hop trio 050 Boyz. This was the group’s debut official album although individually Riq da Kid, Tru Trilla and Prince AK have released various solo projects and continue to do so.

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Produced entirely by Clinton Place, the Brick City trio were joined by many guest feature artists including Treach (Naughty by Nature), DoItAll (Lords of the Underground), Lakim Shabazz, Tha Advocate, IB the Druid, Fam (Rottin Razkals) and many more.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

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The group enjoyed extensive international media coverage last year and appeared on the Bodega Cold Cutz Show, DJ Eclipse’s Halftime Show and Rap Is Outta Control Show, and DJ Premier’s Live from HQ Show on Sirius XM. Taken from the album, their single “DNA” received heavy airplay time from international stations. Check it out

The album itself is available to buy direct from their label 050 Entertainment HERE

Connect with the guys on twitter @050_Boyz (or individually @RiqdaKid_050 @EgoFree2_050 @PrinceAK_050) and also the publication @KULTUREPRONE

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Emcee M.I. and DJ Cutt, aka Constant Deviants, released their fourth album in six years last week.

“Avant Garde” released on their own Six2Six Records label, and as with all of the labels’ releases through the years is available worldwide in digital, vinyl and CD formats. Visit their online store HERE

The latest review comes courtesy of Samuel Odunsi Jr for one of the leading onlines in the USA, Dead End Hip Hop.

READ THE ARTICLE IN FULL HERE

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The veteran duo are currently in the early stages of filming a new movie and recording a follow up release which may be out before the end of the year. In the meantime, they will be releasing a new single and launching the final episode of their “3Stylez” video series over the next few weeks

In April they released two bonus cuts which were recorded between their last album Diamond and Avant Garde. Although neither “Just Make Music” or “Thinkin” feature on any of their official releases as yet, they may appear on a special edition planned for sometime in the future given the reaction they’re currently receiving from DJs.

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They’re never not doin somethin, whether as Constant Deviants, working on solo projects or with their international associates SWC Records in Europe, so keep up to date with them on social media on twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts & @Six2SixShift or on their Facebook Page

Any DJs looking for full quality clean edit mp3s of Just Make Music, Thinkin or any other Constant Deviants joints to play on their shows can request them from us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are HERE. Similarly any international media and press inquiries about Constant Deviants can be sent through the same point of contact.

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US online publication Dead End Hip Hop are the latest to run the rule over the new album “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet” by Cincinnati rapper Buggs tha Rocka

In this review, written by Samuel Odunsi Jr, the eclectic mix of hip hop, r&b, soul and jazz present throughout the album is highlighted and commended. The album is a mix of Buggs’ own scattered thoughts about a variety of issues, and the production reflects the mood and his own diverse influences and tastes.

A year in the making, it was put together as a meeting of like minds, organically, and mixes the range of production styles from Illmind, Jake One, Kill Wil, Sal Dali and Hop Trax with the variance in delivery techniques by Tanya Morgan, Chuck Inglish, MOOD, Piakhan and includes soulful vocals from Aida Chakra, Phoenix Aphrodite and Pappadon.

Despite this approach, there is a coherent theme running throughout, as picked up by the reviewer in his summary :

After my initial listen of the album, I was debating which section I enjoyed the most (the introductory tracks, the middle tracks, or the concluding tracks) and really I made no definitive choice. I instead came to the conclusion that I really enjoyed the whole album. In its entirety it felt focused and it properly maintained….if Scattered Thoughts Of An American Poet is only a precursor, then we need to brace ourselves for what Buggs will be bringing us in 2015.

READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

Pick the album up as a free download from the 10th December 2014, available at www.buggstharocka.com & vua the My Mixtapez App for all mobile devices

Look out for much more international media & press coverage regarding this release in the days ahead, and connect with Buggs on twitter @BuggsThaRocka. Meantime, watch the concept video for the track “Angel of Death” which features Piakhan

Buggs tha Rocka ft Piakhan – Angel of Death (Concept Video) from Buggs Tha Rocka on Vimeo.

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4 days to go until the release of the debut album by Detroit’s MC Kid Vishis on Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

Produced by Mr Porter (Shady / D12), Chase Moore (Hippie Sabotage), New Jersey’s Nemisis and Canada’s Nick Zervos, “Timing is Everything” will be available worldwide on digital & physical CD formats, and autographed copies can be ordered from the label Seven 13 Entertainment now at www.seven13ent.com

It is also available for pre order now on iTunes & Amazon

Latest review comes from online publication Dead End Hip Hop based in the USA.

Writer Samuel Odunsi Jr puts the album in the context of the Detroit scene and the emergence of this artist over the years from releasing mixtapes as part of the “Sick Em” series, working with his elder brother Royce da 5’9″ and now stepping out in his own right with his first official studio album.

Unsurprisingly, props are given to Kid Vishis’ mic skills, concise rapier-like delivery and range of subject matter, notably in this case on the track Beautiful Day “anytime an MC takes the time out to drop some positive knowledge should be an A grade in everyone’s book.“. Read the full review HERE

Kid Vishis has had a busy time with media recently, the results of which you will see over the coming weeks, and is also in the middle of planning tours of Canada, the UK & Europe while working on his follow up sophomore album. Keep up to date with him on twitter @KidVishis and on Instagram “KidVishis

Here is his latest video for “Talk Behind My Back”

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Latest to review the new EP “Verbal sWARdz” by north London rapper & producer Iron Braydz is US online Dead End Hip Hop

They have been a regular supporter of this release, publishing posts about video releases and the audio stream, and their contributor Samuel Odunsi Jr has a strong interest in hip hop with the classic elements of meaningful lyricism and superior wordplay combined with quality beats & production

Picking up on the major influence Wu Tang has had on the artist through the years, the review reflects the mic skills on display as well as Braydz own production style :

I am a growing fan of the hip hop scene in the UK, including the battle rap league Don’t Flop, but I am always held in awe at the speed at which these rappers spit their lyrics. Iron Braydz is no exception. But like any good lyricist, Braydz isn’t just spitting for the hell of it…..All the bars said on this project by Braydz and the respective artists featured does indeed make this a verbal war….If you are fan of quality lyrics and that grimy RZA-inspired production sound, you need to listen to Verbal sWARdz.

You can read the full in depth review HERE

Released on 14th April and featuring Triple Darkness, Sean Price, Prince Po, Kyza, Phat Kat, Skriblah and DJ Shortee Blitz, the 10 track Verbal sWARdz EP is available now from Iron Braydz’ BANDCAMP

Iron Braydz will be appearing live on London’s radio station Itch FM from 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST on Saturday 10th May joining DJ Sammy Jay in the Xposure Show studio. Can check that out at www.itch.fm

You can keep up to date with him on twitter @Braydz and meantime check out the full audio stream of the EP

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With only a couple of days to go until the release of the sophomore album by Kansas base MC Matt Maddox, renowned Stateside online magazine Dead End Hip Hop are the latest to run the rule over “Righteous Fury”

Their contributor Samuel Odunsi Jr pays tribute to the essence of the album which is “hearkening back to the earlier days of hip hop that boasted raw lyricism over everything else” and concludes If you miss that raw, old-school hip hop sound I strongly recommend you give this 19-track project a listen. It’ll leave you more than satisfied You can read the entire article HERE

Artists such as Matt Maddox have retained a global market over the years as while many of us remember the sound of decades gone by, new generations not as readily exposed to it on the network channels have discovered the classics in clubs and the internet. For them, it’s “new”, and has qualities not as prevalent elsewhere. Hip Hop and rap music has developed and diversified over the years as happens with every genre. Those who draw from the elements of the Golden Era are not themselves stuck in the 90’s. They have developed that style to the contemporary version they produce today. Everything comes from somewhere, there are differences, one thing is not another, but neither is one thing necessarily “better”than another – the public pays its money & takes its choice.

It’s thanks to artists such as Matt Maddox and many more the world over that a younger generation realize they have a choice

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Releasing Tuesday 25th February on Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music, here is the video trailer for the album which uses the track “The Get Back” featuring King Magnetic. Righteous Fury can be pre-ordered on iTunes at http://georiot.co/3ILt

Here is the album tracklist

1. No Country For Old Men produced by Engineer
2. Interlude produced by Sultan Mir
3. Sick & Tired cuts by TMB produced by Sultan Mir
4. BARbarians ft Godilla, UG & Born Unique produced by Hellzwind
5. Work ft Mina Fedora produced by Skammadix
6. El Mariachi produced by Nemesis
7. The Get Back ft King Magnetic produced by Skammadix
8. Comedy Pt 1 produced by Skammadix
9. Murder Weapons ft Swann Cuts by TMB produced by C Lance
10. Spider Man ft Adlib & Reef The Lost Cauze produced by Vanderslice
11. Mjolnir ft Burke the Jurke Cuts by TMB produced by C Lance
12. King Killer produced by Sicknature
13. Olympus Has Fallen Cuts by TMB produced by Hellzwind
14. Upon A Pale Horse ft Edd Bundy Cuts by TMB produced by Edd Bundy
15. Comedy Pt 2 produced by Skammadix
16. A Time To Kill Cuts by TMB produced by Hellzwind
17. Street Art ft Tragedy Khadafi Cuts by TMB produced by Skammadix
18. Reality’s a Bitch produced by Skammadix
19. Show Must Go On produced by Nemesis

Currently on tour with Reef the Lost Cauze and Adlib, and about to hit venues in Atlantic City, Chicago, Virginia, North & South Carolina and Wisconsin, you can keep up to date with him on twitter @MattMaddox82 and check in with the guys at the magazine @DeadEndHipHop

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