Originally broadcast live on July 15th, Brick City rapper Tru Trilla sat down with host Sim of Washington DC’s popular Youtube Channel “The Front Stoop”.

In line with the channel’s focus on addressing broader current issues affecting society and hip hop directly, the pair first discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both in a personal and professional context, and the veracity of information being provided to the public at large.

While playing tracks from the album, the subject of conscious lyricism and the role it plays within the wider forms of contemporary hip hop was considered and compared before the interview moved onto Tru’s history in the New Jersey scene.

He explains the origins of his group 050 Boyz of which he is a member with Prince Ak and Riq, the source of its name, and how this led to building with Shade 45’s DJ Eclipse and DJ Premier before touching upon his early affiliations with Naughty by Nature and Lords of the Underground.

Of course at the heart of the interview is his new album “God of Barz” where he breaks down the concepts, subject matters and construction, and speaks on his history and future working with the album’s producers from the States, UK and Europe.

Watch the interview in full on Youtube

With production by Chicago’s DNA Beatz, the UK’s Chat One, Barcelona’s Sumerio Square and Clinton Place (aka Jamal Nueve NJ/LA), the album also features Prince Ak, Confucious, Fly Kwa and Middy Murdock.

Available to stream and download on every major digital platform and store including APPLE, TIDAL and Spotify.

Connect with Tru Trilla on Twitter @Egofree2_050 and Instagram @Trilla050

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Earlier this month, NY state producer Frost Gamble – now resident in Winnipeg Canada – hit NYC to finish recording his new “Rare Fabric” EP with Tragedy Khadafi which releases on October 20th. It is available to pre-order on Bandcamp

While there, he took the opportunity to meet with several members of the press including journalist Shamika Sykes who sat down with him for online “My Hip Hop Life“.

The interview was recorded for Shamika’s “Hangout Session” series of interviews and was published yesterday.

The pair began by discussing his earliest days in hip hop, and how “The Message” was the single that first reeled him in as a fan. He then explains his initial link up with rapper Tone Chop, first as friendly rap battle rivals before refocusing on beatmaking. The pair have the new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” releasing on September 29th featuring Kool G Rap, D.N.A., Tragedy Khadafi, Planet Asia and Canadian upcomer White Rhino. Available again to pre-order through 22 Entertainment in digital and CD formats HERE

Moving onto the subject of production more generally, Frost compares his original recording techniques through tape splicing and the MPC to the current technology used, explaining methods are of secondary importance to the result having “a soul”. Citing Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and Madlib as some of his influences, the conversation turns to Fat Joe’s recent comments that “boom bap’s not the wave anymore”.

Frost speaks on the over indulgence in labelling genres, stating “ultimately everyone is replicating what Kool Herc did” as an evolved extension of the turntable, with many contemporary styles having a comparatively shorter shelf life.

This leads him to outline his own longevity and how advice helped him adapt and work within the modern music industry which has resulted in his deal with 22 Entertainment.

Following his views on the current Canadian scene, he then discusses the development of his own stable of artists, his new work with Horseshoe Gang and Royce da 5’9″, the aforementioned albums and his new “I Missed My Bus” project which includes guest artists Skyzoo, Ras Kass, Ruste Juxx, KXNG Crooked, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson and more.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN FULL ON SOUNDCLOUD

FROM THE NEW ALBUM “RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN”, LATEST SINGLE “GUILLOTINE CHOP” ft WHITE RHINO & PLANET ASIA

Connect with Frost on social media via twitter @FrostGamble, IG @Frost.Gamble and FB FrostGamble

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In the lead up to the release of their new EP “Veteran”, NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble spoke with Chicago based journalist Sherron Shabazz, the editor of US online ‘The Real Hip Hop’.

The pair first met as rivals in Binghamton’s rap battle scene during the 90’s before eventually teaming up, however due to Frost’s re-location they then pursued solo careers while keeping in touch with the occasional collaboration. The EP represents the duo’s first official extended release, a warm up to an album scheduled for 2017.

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The interview addresses the recording process of the EP and how they came to the decision to finally work on a more extensive project. The subject matters then broaden as they give their thoughts on the new wave of “drug rappers” and the effect on today’s youth, the issue of emcees using writers, educating the next generation of rappers about the pioneers, the benefit to the scene of contemporary artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J Cole and much more

It’s an interesting perspective on today’s hip hop by two artists who have put in the hard yards, and you can read the entire feature HERE

The EP was released on November 18th through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment and includes the single “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean Price featuring Ruste Juxx which is also discussed during the interview.

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IG @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble
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Nine5Four Magazine is a bi-monthly publishing in physical and digital print formats with bases in the US and Canada.

With extensive subscriber numbers worldwide they focus on emerging talent in music, acting, modelling, sport and general entertainment.

Their November 2016 issue has just been published, including a two page feature on NY State rapper Tone Chop & Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble who have just released their new EP “Veteran” through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment. Available to buy from iTunes

The feature headlined “Soldiers in Arms” traces their history together, dating back to their original rivalry in NY State’s rap battle scene during the 90’s to their becoming partners in rhyme and tagging around the local area. The pair discuss their solo careers and the reasons behind the decision to finally release an official collaborative project after all these years.

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They also speak on the wider hip hop culture, the changes and evolution that has taken place over the past two decades and the importance they place on acknowledging the part played by the pioneers. Addressing the comparisons between commercial and underground or “traditional” hip hop, there is an acceptance of inevitable divergence while still maintaining the importance of upholding those traditions.

In effect, to educate a younger generation that there is more to hip hop than the imagery and representation typically served as the daily diet by mainstream media. Frost also discusses the role sample clearance issues played on the emergence of various sub-genres, before ending the interview on an optimistic note for hip hop’s future given the apparent upturn in interest and passion by a new generation for the classic sound and traditional elements.

READ THE ARTICLE IN FULL HERE

LISTEN TO THE FULL OFFICIAL VETERAN EP STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD

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FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/tonechopfrostgamble

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Last week, Demetrius, Kenny and Julius from Horseshoe Gang dropped by the Inglewood studios of Homegrown Radio as guests of the HGR Live Show.

During the Long Beach group’s most in depth interview ever, they discussed a huge range of issues relating to the group directly and the wider world of hip hop and politics.

The interview began with the concept behind their album title “Anti-Trap Music” released earlier in April and their massive level of output over the years, including their Mixtape Monthly series which lasted a full year.

They explain this work ethic has its roots in a musical family background, and also explain their mother’s role in their education, the brothers never having attended public school and having often experienced homelessness.

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They discuss last year’s rap battle with Funk Volume, provide an insight to their upcoming new album “4 Brothers”, and address the wider subject of why they haven’t stepped into the rap battle arena or pursued solo projects.

A debate follows as to how rappers are rated, what defines a lyricist given the multitude of styles, and how aware a younger generation will be of anything not currently the staple diet of mainstream radio or clubland.

The conversation turns political, addressing recent high profile cases of police brutality and how the options available at the US elections might help, if at all.

With the interview drawing to a close, the studio addresses the recent VH1 Hip Hop Honors for Female Rappers before the group reveal they will appear as judges on a new tv talent show “One Shot” due to be shown on B.E.T. from August 23rd.

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The group will be releasing a new video for “Shoe-icide Squad” – described as their version of NWA’s “Fuck the Police” – in the next few days. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

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Broadcast originally last week on Canada’s CHRW 94.9FM and CFMU 93.3FM, you can now listen back to MC M.I.from Constant Deviants interview with Chase March for The Word is Bond Rap Radio Show…and the sound quality is top drawer !

In the interview, M.I. explains the thinking behind the new album title “Omerta” and the reasons for the theme running throughout. They speak on dumbing down lyrically, and how he experienced this during his time signed to Arista, but how his creative artistic instinct compelled him to return to the independent sector and set up Six2Six Records.

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Given the support the group’s enjoyed for years from radio djs, regularly topping the college radio charts, M.I. speaks openly about his appreciation he’s always had for the DJ and the role they continue to play in giving artists exposure. The discussion sedgeways onto the use of Serrato, and as Six2Six label co:owner with a policy of releasing on vinyl, he outlines the time and financial implications of continuing to do so.

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Now with a new significant move into the world of film making as an actor, writer and producer, he explains more about establishing Six2Six Films and his new film “Six2Six The Movie”. Starring Treach, Syleena Johnson and Chief Rocker Busy Bee, it will be be screened at NYC’s The Hip Hop Film Festival in August.

On learning he is currently filming a new comedy movie “Can’t Live Without My Radio”, Chase takes the discussion onto the wider subject of hip hop films such as “Straight Outta Compton” and the increase in new independent films emerging.

The interview includes some of M.I.’s solo tracks and a selection from previous album “Avant Garde” together with the new release “Omerta”

LISTEN BACK – THE INTERVIEW BEGINS AN HOUR INTO THE SHOW

Catch Constant Deviants performing live this Saturday, June 25th at Castaways Baltimore

They spend all of next week in NYC appearing as guests on a variety of radio shows – details coming shortly.

Keep up to date with their news on twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts @Six2SixShift and on their Facebook Page Meanwhile, check out their new single “DeLorean”

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Just announced, east coast hip hop duo Constant Deviants will be performing at the LoudPalooza event taking place in Baltimore on the night of Saturday, June 25th, 3 days before the release of their new album “Omerta”.

In association with Chief Loud and Maryland NORML, the event promotes discussion on the legalization of cannabis particularly for medical use with guest speakers including a retired major of Maryland Police and a Maryland State Delegate.

The entertainment is provided by local comedy and music artists, and with Constant Deviants’ MC M.I. being from the city, they were keen to give the event their full support.

The venue is Castaways Bar & Grill, 2206 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Tickets are early bird $15 in advance with sponsorship bag included, $25 at the door and £35 V.I.P. which includes a free drink, Maryland NORML t-shirt and a free guest.

More details via CHIEFLOUD & MARYLAND NORML

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The following day, June 26th, Constant Deviants head north to spend a week in NYC meeting with media and appearing as special guests on various radio shows, starting with DJ Eclipse’s Rap Is Outta Control. The duo are also in the planning stage of scheduling a special album release party in the city for that week.

M.I. is currently filming scenes in Baltimore for the new movie “Six2Six” which will also feature Treach (Naughty by Nature), Selena Johnson and Chief Busy Bee Rocker, and the group are set to release a new joint “Cutt for President” early next week. In March they released the single “So Underrated” followed by the first of their new Tre Volte live freestyle video series “Hard in these Streets.

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London journalist Taytula Burke jumped on Skype recently to speak with west coast hip hop group Horseshoe Gang in the lead up to the release of their new album “Anti-Trap Music” out on April 29th through Seven 13 Music & Ent.

As part of a broader feature piece for the UK online BritishHipHop.com, the interview focused on the meaning behind the title and the wider issue of lyricial content prevelant in various forms of the genre.

As in previous interviews, the group acknowledge the role artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J Cole have played in bringing the art of lyricism back to the table, but here again explain that one or two individuals cannot do that, or represent a movement alone. The inference being greater unity between like minded artists to help “clean up the industry” on a far larger scale

It’s an ongoing debate in the world of hip hop generally, but what’s certainly true is that the various evolutions have created very specific markets, often territory to territory. Apples & oranges.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

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Obviously now gearing up for this, their fourth studio album, the group are still conducting further interviews with local, national and international press & media, the results of which you will see shortly, and there is also tentative word of an album launch event – stay tuned.

Last week they released the single “Intro” featuring their older brother KXNG Crooked. It is available to buy from the album’s pre-order spot on iTunes HERE

Keep up to date with the group on Twitter @HorseshoeGang and on their Facebook page “HorseshoeGangCOB

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In this new exclusive interview, Stanley Florence from west coast online Raw Hip Hop Headz spoke with Long Beach crew Horseshoe Gang in the lead up to the release of their fourth studio album “Anti-Trap Music” on April 29th 2016

The group who are all blood brothers begin by talking about how their’s was a musical household as their mother and aunt were singers signed to a label in the 70’s. Subsequently, they explain how their initial steps towards becoming rappers were taken under the tutelage of their elder brother KXNG Crooked when from as early an age as 5 years old they were given rhymes to learn.

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Influenced by artists including NWA, Tupac, Rakim and Jay-Z they speak about the advantage of having a special chemistry given their background and their aim to put more substance back into hip hop lyricism.

While acknowledging the role Kendrick Lamar and J Cole have played in re-establishing the craft, and indeed some who have helped bring the west back into focus, they explain more needs to be done, movements created, established and underground artists working together in unity to finally tip the scales.

The interview is then wrapped up as they discuss their tour with KXNG Crooked and Rittz last year, their well documented rap battle with Hopsin’s Funk Volume and of course, the album “Anti-Trap Music”.

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The album is available to pre-order in two formats, CD’s direct from Seven 13 Music & Ent HERE and on iTunes HERE

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Raw Hip Hop Headz is run by the artist The Ripsta, aka Corey Miller. Online, their BLOG, TWITTER and FACEBOOK

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The latest edition of the new online tv chat show “Rapping with Leiberman” has just aired on Youtube today.

Hosted by SiriusXM’s Jon Leiberman, the new show which invites rappers, producers and djs in to discuss the hot political and news items of the day is only a few weeks old, but has already featured Bishop Lamont and Constant Deviants emcee M.I.

Today’s guest is current Cincinnati “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” Buggs tha Rocka.

In this interview the pair discuss Buggs’ album Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet which released in December, lyricism in hip hop and whether “rap is dead” as well as his signing at the start of the year to Talib Kweli’s Javotti label.

They then move on to Obama and the upcoming US elections, the nuclear deal with Iran and American foreign policy, and then talk about racial tensions & profiling in Ohio in the aftermath of the Walmart shooting there last year. Linked to this they touch about the economic situation in the area which has seen a growth in unemployment and Buggs gives his thoughts to the question of the biggest problems facing black men in America today

WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE

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