Brick City rapper and producer Az Izz, formerly of the legendary New Jersey group The Outsidaz who at one time counted Pace Won, Young Zee, D.U. and Rah Digga among their numbers, released his solo album “Dopeliss” through New Dawn Records on July 3rd 2020.

Having spent several years in tv, film and sports productions together with artist development ventures, the album is his first major release in some time marking the return to the hip hop fold.

Largely self produced with additional contributions by Qua Z Mo, DJ Profluent and DJ 3rd Rell, a number of his fellow former group members appear as guest featured artists with a further contingent of Newark natives in the form of Drift, Nam, Jaja Kenyatta and Rube the Difference.

Online publication So Flo Sound have just published an in depth review of the album which reflects the key essence of the themes and sounds reflected throughout the ten tracks. Read the article in full HERE

From the album is the official video “Gettin’ It” featuring Drift

“Dopeliss” is available to stream and download from all major digital platforms and stores worldwide including APPLE, TIDAL, AMAZON and Spotify

With some new upcoming independent projects in the pipeline this year, keep up to date with Az on social media via twitter @TheRealAzizz and Instagram @RealAzizz

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A month after releasing their groundbreaking new album “Panacea” through New Dawn Records, London rapper Phoenix da Icefire and producer Husky Brown chopped it up with the UK’s online Urban Vault.

In the new interview just published the pair discuss how they came to work together, the construction and concepts behind the album and the aspects of which they are particularly proudest.

Phoenix also provides further information about his Sovereign Comics company and the community projects with which they are involved while future plans are also outlined. Read the article in full HERE

Released on May 5th, “Panacea” represents quite an exceptional body of work, both in terms of its fusion of hip hop, bass, dub, r&b, soul and electro weaved together by Husky’s production techniques, and the extremely powerful subject matter addressed by Phoenix, sadly all too relevant given recent developments.

Issues relating to the environment, well being, mental health, knife crime, positive aspirations, disengagement, The Windrush scandal and institutional racism more generally are all tackled with highly skilled lyricism, but refreshingly always with the underlying theme of offering solutions and hope for a positive future.

Look out for an official video for the track “The Humans are Coming” in the not too distant future, but meanwhile you can stream and download the album from Apple / iTunes, Tidal, Amazon or here on Spotify

Connect with Phoenix da Icefire & Husky Brown on Twitter @PhoenixdaFire @HuskyBrown and Instagram @PhoenixdaIcefire @Huskybrown.Official

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London’s rapper / producer duo Phoenix da Icefire and Husky Brown have today released their highly impressive new album “Panacea” through New Dawn Records.

As a member of Triple Darkness, Phoenix has long been regarded by many both at home and overseas as one of the most gifted lyricists to emerge from the UK. Husky’s productions are a rare and dynamic fusion of contemporary hip hop, electronica, dub, bass, r&b and soul which provide the soundtrack for a narrative addressing many of today’s most pressing issues.  Delivered with trademark dexterous rhymes and creative wordplay, Phoenix sets his existential sights on the environment, mental health, knife crime, racism, well being, relationships and inner city life. 

Facing the challenges head on, the engaging commentary still retains a refreshing message of hope at its core related through metaphorical concepts as abstract as they are grounded in reality. A multidimensional and unique debut offering which pushes boundaries and breaks from formulaic convention.  Essential listening. 

Available to stream and download at APPLE, AMAZON & TIDAL. Also streaming at Spotify and Soundcloud

Connect with Phoenix da Icefire, Husky Brown and the label on Instagram @PhoenixDaIcefire, @HuskyBrown.Official, @RealNewDawnRecs and Twitter @PhoenixDaFire, @HuskyBrown, @NewDawnRecs

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British online HHK Mag, known previously as Hip Hop Kings, has been running a series “25 facts….” where artists provide information about the making of their new album and other less well known details about themselves generally.

Latest feature is with Detroit’s Kid Vishis, the younger brother of Royce da 5 9, who releases his debut solo album “Timing is Everything” on 22nd July through Seven 13 Entertainment. It can be pre-ordered at www.seven13ent.com

As well as describing the recording process, he names his favourite rappers to spar with, favourite boxers, how he nearly became a sportsman before becoming a rapper and speaks on meeting Eminem in the studio. Read it all HERE

As mentioned in the feature, the album includes production by Mr Porter, Nemisis, Chase Moore and Toronto’s Nick Zervos. Check his lyric video for “Look at all my $hit”, a satirical attack on the big ballers with no dollars

Keep up to date with him on twitter @KidVishis and the label @Seven13Music

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the classic album “Critical Beatdown”, Ultramagnetic MCs are touring the UK and Europe in July

Hailed as one of the early innovators of the sampling techniques employed by producer Ced Gee, the release influenced future generations for years to come. On tour will be Kool Keith, Ced Gee and T R Love, their first as a group in Europe since the release of the album, and will be an extremely rare opportunity for fans to see the legends perform the classics live.

The full tour announced is as follows :

July 2nd Paris Le Trabendo
July 4th Amsterdam Melkweg The Max
July 5th London The Clapham Grand
July 6th Brighton Concorde 2
July 8th Norwich Arts Centre
July 9th Leeds Brudenell Social Club
July 10th Glasgow O2 ABC 2
July 11th Manchester Band on the Wall
July 12th Dublin The Sugar Club
July 13th Liverpool Haus
July 17th Cologne Club Banhof Ehrenfeld
July 20th Belgium Dour Music Festival

They have also been working on some new material, and produced the track “Let The Bars Go” ahead of their tour. This new version is aired for the first time today

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Perhaps one of the most meaningful albums to reach my ears” opens Canada’s Brandon Schiafone aka DJ Mafia House in his review of the Melanin 9’s debut LP “Magna Carta”

Writing for the UK’s Niji Magazine, a publication with a long history of supporting new and emerging talent and artists, the piece touches upon the Emcee’s ability with superior lyricism and wordplay to speak on the subjects of racism, social conditions, spirituality, love and politics

It’s an in depth review, critical in places but done with positive intentions, but ending with :

As he continues to grow and develop his music, I feel as if Melanin 9 could develop into an iconic figure in the world of conscious hip hop……if you are a lover of conscious rap music, however, this album is definitely worth your attention

Read the whole review HERE

Releasing on 3rd December, pre-orders of the album in CD format can be made via http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and will be delivered a week before general release as an appreciation of the support

Also be sure to look out for the album launch party at The Vibe Bar, brick Lane, London on Friday 23rd November where he’ll be joined by DJ 279, Genesis Elijah, Rewd Adams, Cyrus Malachi, Iron Braydz, Phoenix da Icefire, Logic and Skriblah

8pm – 1am £5 on the door. Big night!

You can follow him on twitter @Melanin_9 and the magazine @NijiMagazine

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