Magna Carta is one of the best British hip hop albums I’ve heard in a long, long time” concludes Andrew Kay in his review of Melanin 9’s debut LP for the UK magazine Blacksheep

An in depth track by track analysis is then perfectly summarized, highlighting the mix of an emcee with deep thought provoking lyrics and highly skilled wordplay, complimented by a range of beats from the standard boom – bap hip hop head-nodders, jazzy mood music and electronica.

Melanin 9 isn’t an artist afraid to push the musical boundaries, experiment with different sounds and production and yet keep a the 14 track album coherent and one which is already providing high praise from many which you will see in the weeks ahead.

The UK hip hop community has long known about this highly talented wordsmith, but there is about to be a wider appreciation from a larger cross section of the musical fraternity

Read the whole review HERE

Very shortly, you will be able to watch video interviews with The Hip Hop Chronicle and Blatantly Blunt, his special exclusive performance for SBTV’s new SkooledBy series and hear him on Funhouse with Kiss FM’s DJ MK, and on DJ 279’s legendary Saturday Night Flavas Choice FM radio show

Busy putting the final line up together for his album launch event at The Vibe Bar in London on 23rd November, he will also be launching the new video for his track “White Russian” featuring Roc Marciano in the next couple of weeks, so keep em peeled for that.

The album releases to the general public on 3rd December, however CD versions of the album can be pre-ordered from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and will be delivered by 25th November

You can also follow him on twitter via @Melanin_9

All media enquiries related to this release should be addressed to UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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London’s K-Mag, once under the guise of Knowledge, has long covered various genres from hip hop to soul, dubstep to dance, r&b to rap.

The magazine’s Aaron Jackson took time out recently to speak with Melanin 9 ahead of the release of his album “Magna Carta” out on the 3rd December

They discuss his earliest memory of hip hop culture from both the United States and Britain, the inspiration behind the new album and the writing process, his work with Triple Darkness and the development since releasing High Fidelity, 144,000 and Orion’s Stencil

Read the full interview HERE

Look out for many more magazine features and reviews, new track launches and special filmed footage in the weeks and months ahead, including interviews and performances with The Hip Hop Chronicle, SBTV and Blatantly Blunt among others

The official album launch event will take place at The Vibe Bar in London on Friday 23td November, full line up to be announced shortly. CD versions of the album are available via pre-order and will be delivered by 25th November as a mark of appreciation by Melanin 9 for his loyal fanbase in the UK and overseas. Anyone wishing to order the CD should visit his site HERE

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On twitter, connect with the artists & magazine via @Melanin_9 and @Kmag_Colin

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Sister Elements launches a brand new hip hop night “Grandma’s Party” on Friday 30th March with a mix of live performances, dj sets and a short film world premiere

Performers

Fresh from a support slot with Souls of Mischief at Manchester’s Roadhouse on March 7th, Sister Elements, aka Sarah Sayeed, headlines by performing tracks from her new upcoming album. Described by BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction as “a 360 degree conscious artist & fearless lyricist”, she previously released her video .”Contentment”, and has since performed all over the world.

Further live sets on the night come from Manchester’s James Gill, some cool hip hop & funk sounds from female rapper Rain Freedom and a special performance from Ella Mesma, quoted by The Times as “Hip Hop dance’s ongoing potential for deeper expression”.

DJ Sets

Two of the UK’s hip hop heavyweights will be on dj duty. Sarah Love, fresh from supporting Aloe Blacc’s tour in December, and her own tour of Australia in January will be bringing you the real hiphop flavas she’s famous for since her days with Kung Fu, MTV and BBC 1Xtra. A new video interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle has just gone live where she speaks on the early days and her views on the scene today.

Excalibah is well known to the heads as an award winning dj for his Tales From The Legend BBC 1Xtra radio show where he gave early national airplay to artists such as Estelle, Pro Green, Sway and Plan B.

Film screening

There will also be the screening of the short film, “Hip Hop Had A Dream”. While researching his book of the same name released in 2008, the UK’s Damien Morgan interviewed a number of renowned names including Sugarhill Gang, Ty, Bashy, Ghostface Killah, Joe Budden, Professor Griff, Chuck D & Skinnyman for their views on the culture of hiphop, their early influences and the journey it has taken from the early days to now.

These interviews were documented in film and have just been edited together in a short 15 minute documentary set for its worldwide premiere at Grandma’s Party

Big night for lovers of Tru Skool hip hop & the emergence of another regular event showcasing the best in new UK talent.

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ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM www.richmix.co.uk (£7 advance / £10 OTD)

VENUE : Rich Mix, 35 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA – nearest stations Liverpool St & Bethnal Green

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Two of the UK’s heavyweights in the hiphop scene met up recently in London to produce this new video just gone live tonight

Sumit from The Hip Hop Chronicle has established himself as the premier online blog for hiphop news from the UK and overseas over the years with content featured on BET, MTV and shared widely on the internet by all the top online media outlets in the United States.

DJ Sarah Love established her position as the “1st Lady of Hiphop” from her early days performing sets at London’s famous Kung Fu events, to helping set up MTV Africa, smashing sets for MTV Europe parties, presenting for MTV UK’s The Lick and spearheading the only hiphop show on BBC’s Radio 1Xtra up until 2010, which drew an un-equalled international audience.

Most recently she was the offical tour dj for Aloe Blacc’s series of dates in the UK during December 2011, and has just returned from a month long tour of Australia where she supported Pete Rock and Immortal Technique

They sat down in London to discuss Sarah’s early days, her rated albums and artists over the years, and also her thoughts on the hiphop scene in the UK today. Look out for Australian producer M-Phazes in the background who also has an interview coming soon on The Hip Hop Chronicle.

DJ Sarah Love is a regular on the international hiphop club circuit, but UK heads can next expect to see her perform in London on 30th March along with another ex BBC 1Xtra stalwart DJ Excalibah at Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road….although check back here for possible earlier dates….

Both The Hip Hop Chronicle and DJ Sarah Love will be at the launch of a brand new club night launching in London on the 27th April which will be the only one to celebrate and fully represent the traditional 4 elements of hiphop. Details to follow

You can keep in touch with both at www.djsarahlove.com www.thehiphopchronicle.com or via twitter @DJSarahLove and @HipHopChronicle

Enjoy

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