Earlier this year, Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY state producer Frost Gamble, now resident in Winnipeg, released their album “Black Beach” [available on Bandcamp] which included featured artists KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X and Boldy James.

In August the pair travelled to NYC to wrap up a new recording project with Tragedy Khadafi – the Rare Fabric EP drops October 20th – and while there they chopped it up with Rapstation’s Tim Einenkel for his “The Library” series of interviews

In what resulted in a very in depth and far reaching interview, the pair discussed their early introductions to hip hop reaching back to the 80’s & 90’s. Frost divulges how the early breakdancing craze was his first step, and introduced him to the music of Whodini and UTFO, and how Rakim and Juice Crew first influenced his decision to pick up the mic, performing cyphers and battling at street corners which is where he first met long time compadre Tone Chop.

He explains the reason for the switch to production, learning from near neighbour DJ Spinna, and the impact “By All Means Necessary” and “It Takes A Nation of Millions” had on his approach, while citing Diamond D as his initial yardstick.

Meanwhile, Zo goes all the way back to first hearing The Rappin’ Duke, Dana Dane, Slick Rick, NWA and Big Daddy Kane, and how hip hop was his escape from the harsh realities around him – poverty, crack sold in elementary school and violence – it was more of an education in his self development.

He recalls watching what would become members of D12 first performing in battles and groups, and the lessons learned on how to progress as an artist from role models such as J Dilla and Proof.

Bringing it to the present, the pair disucss how they first met in 2014, their recording methods and how their track “Honey” was the catalyst for their career defining moment in signing with Miami label 22 Entertainment.

On the theme of “Black Beach”, Zo explains how it was designed as the snapshot of “the black experience” in America today, though there are more expansive themes addressed such as the loss of his grandmother addressed in “Risk vs Reward”. The rapper wears his heart on his sleeve laying out his vulnerabilities, aspirations and anger in equal measure, in effect a cathartic experience that will resonate with most people.

The pair then discuss their future recording plans, including the comparative pressure on artists today to constantly release new music, before the conversation switches to Frost’s work with Tone Chop.

With their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” having released just yesterday, Tim asks about their track “Leave It Alone” from their “Veteran” EP of last year, a dedication to the late Sean Price. The producer gives the background to how the track was put together with Ruste Juxx and Nobi, and also gives the reasons why he held the man in such high regard.

The interview not only serves as a fascinating look behind the scenes at Zo and Frost, but also as a vignette of hip hop history through the eras.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN FULL HERE

ZotheJerk x Frost Gamble “RISK VS REWARD” ft Sadat X

Tone Chop x Frost Gamble LEAVE IT ALONE ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi

Frost returns to NYC mid October, this time with Tone Chop, to promote their new album and will be guests on DJ Eclipse’s Sirius XM “Rap Is Outta Control”, Monday 16th Oct.

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You can connect with the guys on social media via twitter @FrostGamble @TheJerkNation @ToneChop and there are also two joint Facebook Pages – Zo and Frost Tone & Frost They’re cool guys, holla at ’em.

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Earlier this week, eastcoast rapper & producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble jumped on Skype with Breakthru Radio host DJ Wayneski ahead of the release of their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” releasing on September 29th.

Today, the hour long special on the pair broadcast for the “On The Avenue” show was uploaded online

The music played came from both their “Veteran” EP released last November and the new album either side of an in depth 25 minute interview section where they discussed the new album, their long history together, the general state of hip hop today, Chop’s lyrical approach, Frost’s various production projects and much more.

Fair to say, when it comes to his thoughts, the punchline rapper pulls no punches !! [lol] He’s even got his 8 year old son spittin bars now – his VIDEO on Facebook generating several thousand views already…..

LISTEN BACK TO THE SHOW VIA BREAKTHRU RADIO & ON iTUNES

Featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi, rap battler D.N.A. and Canadian upcomer White Rhino, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” releases through 22 Entertainment, distributed worldwide by The Orchard. Available to pre-order on iTunes and various formats via Bandcamp

First single released was “Walk the Walk” ft Kool G Rap

Chop & Frost will link up again with Wayneski when they return to NYC mid October promoting their album, meeting with press, and appearing on various stations including DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” Sirius XM show…so look out for part 2!

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

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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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Having just released their new EP “Veteran” on November 18th, NY State rapper Tone Chop and producer Frost Gamble, now relocated to Winnipeg, sat down with US online publication The Underground Hip Hop

In the new feature the pair discuss their earliest days and inspirations, and give the reasons why the new EP is a landmark in their careers to date. Having originally met at rap battles during the 90’s, the duo speak about longevity and determination as independent artists, and how they see their brand of hip hop sitting in future in such a diverse marketplace.

During the article they also mention the value they place on their loyal fanbase, and the lessons they’ve learned over the years within the industry as they plan ahead for a new album release in 2017.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

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Yesterday, they released a new bonus cut “Crowd Pleaser” which chops up Inspectah Deck’s “R.E.C. Room” for the hook. It is available as a free download direct from the stream on Soundcloud

The “Veteran” EP is available through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment on iTunes

Check out the full official EP stream on Soundcloud

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Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble
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Facebook Official Joint Page

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Shortly after the release of their new EP “Veteran”, Ny’s Tone Chop & Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble jumped on Skype with Ayla Dhyani, editor of online publication “Tone MVMT”.

In the interview feature published today, they discuss how the pair first met at rap battles in upstate New York during the 90’s and how they managed to remain in sync through the years despite Frost’s relocation to Canada.

They give their thoughts on the evolution of hip hop through the past couple of decades and outline how their own solo careers progressed through that time before coming full circle to discuss the new EP and their future plans for an album in 2017.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Released through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment on November 18th, the Veteran EP can be bought from iTunes

Included in the EP is the single “Leave It Alone” featuring Ruste Juxx and Nobi, a tribute track to the late Sean Price

Look out for a new bonus cut “Crowd Pleaser” launching next week, and meantime connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble on social media :

Twitter @ToneChop @FrostGamble
Facebook Official Joint Page
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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.

HEAR THE FULL EP STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD

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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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TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble @Seven13Music
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FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/tonechopfrostgamble

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