The new “Rapture & Verse” hip hop column written by Matt Oliver for ‘Monolith Cocktail’ has just been published.

It’s a monthly bite size round up of all hip hop news items, events, and releases to look out for whether singles, EP’s or albums.

Among the many artists covered in the latest edition are Datkid, Onoe Capone, Ill Bill & Stu Bangas, Guilty Simpson, Madlib, Nottz, Black Milk, Westside Gunn, Conway, Apollo Brown, Quelle Chris.

There is also news of the new Belles in Monica EP “Natsukashii” which releases through New Dawn records on June 7th

READ THE COLUMN IN FULL HERE

Watch the trailer video for the “Natsukashii EP” on Youtube

The first single from the EP, “Smoke Filled Rooms” releases on May 24th

Having just re-launched after a 15 year hiatus, New Dawn Records released the Belles in Monica EP “Y’All in Meltdown” on April 26th and the new Underground Cartel single “Evolution” b/w “Diggin Deeper” on Friday, taken from the “Sapientia EP” out on May 17th

Underground Cartel are an international hip hop collaborative project involving artists from all over the USA, UK, Europe and Africa including Madrid’s El Meswy, Beni Blanco from French crew ‘Originaire du Sud’, Long Beach’s Swiss Precise, Virginia’s Black Market, the UK’s Rapstation host Mr CRF, Zimbabwe’s Dumi Right, the late, great Primo from legendary Italian crew Cor Veleno and many more.

All the releases to date can be heard at New Dawn Records’ Spotify Page

Currently adding to their roster, you can keep up to date with all the label’s news at their official website www.newdawnrecs.com and via their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts

All media & radio station / club DJ enquiries regarding the label and their roster can be addressed to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are available HERE

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In addition to our “Hip Hop Bangerz” playlists on Soundcloud & Spotify, we have now created a video version on Youtube.

These are all artists we’ve worked with and tracks, or in this case videos, we’ve promoted over many years up to the present day

Included in the 18 videos are Souls of Mischief, Verbal Kent, Horseshoe Gang, Constant Deviants, Deeprooted (Mr Brady, Brea, DJ Artistic and Johaz of Dag Savage), Melanin 9, Iron Braydz, Vast Aire, Matt Maddox, 050 Boyz, Gangalee, ethemadassassin and a couple by Copywrite featuring Royce da 5’9″, Genesis Elijah, Sean Price & S.A.S.

There are also the video trailers for the new Belles in Monica EP’s “Y’All in Meltdown” and “Natsukashii” as well as the Underground Cartel EP “Sapientia” featuring artists from the USA, UK, Europe & Africa including Swiss Precise, Yukonn MC & Black Market from the States, Madrid’s El Meswy, Beni Blanco from French crew “Originaire du Sud”, Croatian rapper Magellano, Zimbabwe’s Dumi Right, the UK’s Rapstation host & MC Mr CRF and the late great Primo from legendary Italian crew Cor Veleno.

A quality mix of flows, styles and productions for all those who appreciate dope rhymes, beats and turntablism. Check it out

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Due to the popularity of the “Hip Hop Bangerz” playlist on our Soundcloud account, we have just uploaded a more extended version to Spotify.

These are joints by dope artists we’ve worked with and promoted over the years, the real deal in rhymes, lyricism, beats and turntablism. A mix of official singles and buzz tracks by and featuring Souls of Mischief, Rah Digga, Skyzoo, Horseshoe Gang, Copywrite, Melanin 9, Vast Aire, Wu Tang’s Cappadonna, Talib Kweli, Genesis Elijah, Royce da 5’9″, Verbal Kent, Deeprooted (Johaz & Mr Brady), Matt Maddox, Tragedy Khadafi, Bumpy Knuckles, Constant Deviants and more.

21 gun salute running to around 80 minutes – check it out by clicking on the link > HIP HOP BANGERZ

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Hip hop crew Belles in Monica just released their single “Y’All Under Surveillance” b/w “Meltdown” through the newly relaunched label New Dawn Records.

Remixes are courtesy of G-Sharp, legendary turntablist & DMC finalist DJ Krash Slaughta and Phi Life Cypher producer DJ Nappa featuring cuts by DJ Mr Thing

Now available on Spotify, Apple, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon & iTunes – choose your preferred streaming option HERE

Also streaming on Soundcloud as part of the Hip Hop Bangerz playlist which includes joints featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Skyzoo, Talib Kweli, Ultramagnetic MCs, Vast Aire, Cappadonna, Verbal Kent, Apollo Brown, Tragedy Khadafi, Planet Asia, Constant Deviants & more

Next up from the crew is the release of their “Y’All in Meltdown – Lazarus Volume 1 EP” on April 26th, then another new single “Smoke Filled Rooms” on May 24th.

Keep up to date with all of New Dawn Records’ developments and news at their Official Website and via their social media platforms Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

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We just freshened up our “Hip Hop Bangerz” playlist on Soundcloud made up of various singles & buzz tracks we’ve promoted over the years.

Includes joints featuring Constant Deviants, Skyzoo, Talib Kweli, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Vast Aire, Cappadonna, Iron Braydz, Prince Po, Matt Maddox, Tragedy Khadafi, Planet Asia, 050 Boyz, D12’s Kuniva & Bumpy Knuckles…check it out

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Look out for the first release from the newly relaunched New Dawn Records dropping tomorrow, the Belles in Monica single “Y’All Under Surveillance” b/w “Meltdown” with remixes by G-Sharp, legendary turntablist & DMC finalist Krash Slaughta & Phi Life Cypher’s beatmeister DJ Nappa featuring cuts by Mr Thing.

Will be available on Spotify, Apple, Deezer, iTunes, Beatport & more. Taken from the EP “Y’All in Meltdown” out April 26th – here’s the video teaser on Youtube

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As 2017 drew to a close, hip hop producer Frost Gamble, originally from NY State but currently based in Winnipeg Canada, chopped it up with New York online publication ‘Artistically Trustworthy’.

It was the culmination of what had been an extremely busy year for the beatsmith which included the album releases “Black Beach” with Detroit rapper ZotheJerk, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” with eastcoast rapper Tone Chop and a further EP “Rare Fabric”, his collabortion with Tragedy Khadafi.

2018 looks set to be just as productive if not even more so with multiple projects in the pipeline including work with Horseshoe Gang, a new solo album “I Missed My Bus” featuring a host of luminaries such as Conway the Machine, Rah Digga, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, KXNG Crooked, Planet Asia, Ras Kass and many more, the ongoing development of his “Nostalgia Clic” group project with Zo, Chop & Canadian upcomer White Rhino and further follow up albums to last year’s releases.

He discussed all of this, his original introduction to hip hop via breakdancing and his transition to working behind the boards in the new interview feature just published which can be read in full HERE

The releases are available to stream on Spotify at the following links

BLACK BEACHRESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVENRARE FABRIC

The first single from Frost’s new solo album is also available. Effin Great featuring Ras Kass and ZotheJerk can be streamed HERE

They are also available in various digital and physical CD formats from multiple online stores worldwide including Amazon, iTunes and Bandcamp.

As a taster, check out the following

From “Black Beach”, the single ‘Risk vs Reward’ ft Sadat X

From “Respect Is Earned Not Given”, the single ‘Walk the Walk’ ft Kool G Rap

From “Rare Fabric”, the single ‘That’s Street’

From “I Missed My Bus”, the single ‘Effin Great’ ft Ras Kass & ZotheJerk

Keep up to date with Frost Gamble on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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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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