In May this year, ZotheJerk released his album “Black Beach” through 22 Entertainment, a collaboration with producer Frost Gamble which included guest featured artists Sadat X, Guilty Simpson, Boldy James and KXNG Crooked.

Orginally from Detroit where among other things he appeared in the film “8 Mile” and developed a working relationship with the late Proof of D12, he subsequently moved to Kansas where he recived a “Humanitarian of the Year” award for work in the community before currently settling in Ohio.

Known for a conscious rhyming approach encompassing all aspects of life, injected with passion and humour in equal measure, he described the concept of “Black Beach” as “the voice of a people who are tired and demand more, who ask what’s next, it’s the music of the current era

He sat down recently with US online magazine Rhymebeat to discuss his earliest influences and the creative inspirations in his writing, he spoke of his time on the come up at Detroit’s renowned “Hip Hop Shop” and discussed in more detail his move to Kansas and his thoughts on the wider Midwest rap scene.

THE INTERVIEW WAS PUBLISHED YESTERDAY WHICH YOU CAN READ IN FULL HERE

“Black Beach” is available in digital formats from Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify

From it was the single “Risk vs Reward” ft Sadat X and the lyric video “Keep Me Safe”, a message from a father dedicated to his children.

He also appears on the first single to be taken from Frost Gamble’s new solo producer album “I Missed My Bus” due out in 2018. “Effin Great” is available now from Bandcamp and also features Ras Kass

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A couple weeks back, Detroit rapper ZotheJerk met up with the journalist Sinseer in his home city ahead of the release of his new album “Black Beach” which released on Friday May 26th.

In an in depth interview published over the weekend, the pair discuss Zo’s life growing up in the D, his appearance in the film “8 Mile” and how this led to him developing a working relationship with the late Big Proof of D12.

More recently, Zo relocated to Kansas and subsequently Ohio, and he explains the reasons for the move and the basis on which he received the title “Humanitarian of the Year” at the Kansas City Music Awards in 2014.

They then discuss the new album itself, his working relationship with the sole producer Frost Gamble, the involvement of featured artists Boldy James, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X and KXNG Crooked, and the inspiration behind the themes addressed.

READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL HERE

Released through 22 Entertainment, “Black Beach” is available to buy from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The special Deluxed edition including bonus cuts and free instrumentals is available exclsuively from Bandcamp

HEAR THE FULL ALBUM STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD

Look out for more interviews and reviews of “Black Beach” shortly together with new videos releasing from the album. Meantime, connect with Zo and Frost on social media via twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble, on Instagram @ZotheJerk & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joint Facebook Page.

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Nine 5 Four Magazine is an online digital publication covering Canada and the United States.

They sat down recently with Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY State producer Frost Gamble (now resident in Winnipeg) ahead of the release of their new album “Black Beach” on May 26th.

In the resulting feature just published, Zo speaks on the traditional links between the music scenes in Detroit, Michigan and Canada while Frost compares the appreciation of true essence hip hop “north of the border” to that in Europe.

Frost’s approach to production is steeped in the traditions of crate digging channeled through an Akai MPC, and he speaks on the construct via sampling while they both go on to discuss their working chemistry and the logistics involved despite being based distances apart.

Zo too has led a nomadic lifestyle, moving from the D to Kansas and then Hudson, Ohio. The pair discuss the decision to return to Detroit for part of the recording process which took place at Mr Porter’s original home studio, and also how travelling has helped shape their overall approaches to music and life.

The feature concludes with Zo explaining the hook up with the album’s featured artists Boldy James, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X and KXNG Crooked

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Currently conducting interviews with media in the States, UK, Europe and Australia, the pair are set to release a new single “My Negus” on Monday May 1st. Featuring Guilty Simpson, it follows the previous single “Risk vs Reward” ft Sadat-X and the bonus cut video “Axe Somebody” which is available as a free download HERE

Keep up to date with Zo and Frost on social media via IG @ZotheJerk & @Frost.Gamble, Twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble and over on their Joint Facebook Page.

“Black Beach is available to pre-order now on iTunes

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Last week, Detroit rapper ZotheJerk jumped on Skype to speak with Australian online magazine Tone MVMT ahead of the release of his new album “Black Beach” on May 26th which is produced entirely by Frost Gamble and also features KXNG Crooked, Boldy James, Sadat-X, Guilty Simpson, Young Bleed and many more.

Much of the subject matter of the album reflects the current everday experience of “Black America”, and the interview addresses these issues and the motivations behind the lyrical content. The conversation then moves on to the dynamics of working with a producer while separated by different locations, and Zo then goes on to speak about his experience of re-locating first of all from Michigan to Kansas, and subsequently to Ohio.

The feature wraps up as they discuss his switch of creativity to a style he has dubbed “Hip Hop Soul Music”, before concluding with is thoughts on his pinnacle moment of his jounrey through hip hop

READ THE ARTICLE IN FULL HERE

Look out for a new video “Axe Somebody” being launched by the pair soon, following on from the release of their first single “Risk vs Reward” featuring Sadat-X.

Zo and Frost are currently conducting interviews with international press, and all media and radio DJ inquiries regarding the album “Black Beach” can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are available HERE

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“Black Beach” is available to pre-order on iTunes

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Long Beach rapper (currently resident in Kansas) Matt Maddox sat down with American online publication Face 2 Face Magazine recently to discuss his early days, starting out in Long Beach and then moving to Hawaii and the reasons behind that where he speaks openly about a number of family issues

As an artist who first picked up the pen at only 10 years old, he discusses the influences west coast and east coast hip hop artists have had on him, whether Dre, Snoop & NWA, or Nas and Wu Tang, and how a fusion of styles has led to him developing what he describes as a mix of “hardcore street rap & underground”

He discusses the transition of the politically focused content of his first album Asylum Artistry to a more personal perspective in the current release “Righteous Fury” and his desire to “empower people – not just be another number”

Interesting insight to the man, and you can read the interview HERE

He released the aforementioned “Righteous Fury” through Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music on 25th February, and it is available from a wide selection of international online stores in both digital and physical CD formats

It boasts production from Skammadix, Nemesis, Sultan Mir, Engineer, C Lance, Sicknature & Vanderslice, turntablism throughout by fellow Red Phone labelmate DJ TMB, and features Tragedy Khadafi, Adlib, Reef the Lost Cauze, King Magnetic, Burke the Jurke and many more, including British Emcee Edd Bundy.

Check out the full audio stream for it

Currently working on new projects and planning various tours including a visit to Europe due in the autumn, look out for him launching his new video for “Work” any day now. Keep up to date with his progress on twitter @MattMaddox82

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Blues & Soul is one of the UK’s longest running publications specializing in r&b, hip hop, blues, soul – the full spectrum of “urban” music

They publish a physical magazine regularly, but also have their online version, and have in the past few days done their quarterly update of hip hop releases where they have featured 3 of artists we have been promoting.

Check out the coverage :

Iron Braydz – “Verbal sWARdz” EP releases on 14th April 2014

Read the review at HERE

Audio stream of the Verbal sWARdz EP

Follow Iron Braydz on twitter @Braydz

Matt Maddox “Righteous Fury” album out now in digital & CD formats on Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music

Read the review HERE

Audio stream of the Righteous Fury album

Follow Matt Maddox on twitter @MattMaddox82

Apex Zero – “Reality Provoking Liberation” album out now in digital & CD formats

Read the review HERE

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You can hear the whole album at his Bandcamp HERE

Follow Apex Zero on twitter @ApexZero00

Three releases for fans of the real, authentic sound of hip hop – quality lyricism & beats with input from both sides of the Atlantic via guest producers and featured artists. These include Sean Price, Prince Po, Hasan Salaam, Triple Darkness, Phat Kat, Sicknature of The Snowgoons, Tragedy Khadafi, C Lance of Jedi Mind Tricks, Kyza, Skriblah, DJ Shortee Blitz, King Magnetic, Adlib, Reef the Lost Cauze, Skammadix, Nemesis, Vanderslice and many more

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Latest in The Beeshine’s “What Inspires” series, they speak with Long Beach rapper, now based in Kansas, Matt Maddox about what inspired him in hip hop & life. Others such as Pete Rock, King Syze, Small Professor & Lord Finesse have recently been featured in this series.

Shot in New Jersey while touring with Reef the Lost Cauze & Adlib, he released his new album “Righteous Fury” in February, available worldwide in digital and CD formats through Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music

The album also features Tragedy Khadafi, Burke the Jurke, King Magnetic and many more with production by Skammadix, Nemesis, Sicknature (The Snowgoons), Vanderslice, C Lance (Jedi Mind Tricks), Sultan Mir, and Engineer. Cuts are provided throughout by Red Phone labelmate DJ TMB

You can read the whole feature at the site HERE

Watch the interview on The Beeshine’s Youtube Channel

Matt Maddox has just finished filming a new video for the track “Work” produced by Skammadix and featuring Mina Fedora, so you’ll be seeing that online very shortly.

Keep up to date with Matt on twitter @MattMaddox82 and the guys over at @TheBeeShine

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Originally from Long Beach California, and currently based in Kansas, rapper Matt Maddox follows up the release of his debut solo album “Asylum Artistry” in 2010 with the long awaited sophomore “Righteous Fury”

Due out on 25th February via the partnership of Red Phone Records and Seven 13 Music, the 19 track hip hop banger – which comes in at just under an hour in running time – has been previewed at the UK’s online platform Rawroots, long time established for covering homegrown and international artists with news, features, videos and releases.

See what they had to say HERE

Look out for a lot more news on this release in the next couple of months as the Emcee prepares for scheduled appearances at SXSW followed by a tour with Slaughterhouse

The tracklist is as follows

1. No Country For Old Men produced by Engineer
2. Interlude produced by Sultan Mir
3. Sick & Tired cuts by TMB produced by Sultan Mir
4. BARbarians ft Godilla, UG & Born Unique produced by Hellzwind
5. Work ft Mina Fedora produced by Skammadix
6. El Mariachi produced by Nemesis
7. The Get Back ft King Magnetic produced by Skammadix
8. Comedy Pt 1 produced by Skammadix
9. Murder Weapons ft Swann Cuts by TMB produced by C Lance (of Jedi Mind Tricks)
10. Spider Man ft Adlib & Reef The Lost Cauze produced by Vanderslice
11. Mjolnir ft Burke the Jurke Cuts by TMB produced by C Lance (of Jedi Mind Tricks)
12. King Killer produced by Sicknature (of Germany’s Snowgoons)
13. Olympus Has Fallen Cuts by TMB produced by Hellzwind
14. Upon A Pale Horse ft Edd Bundy Cuts by TMB produced by the UK’s Edd Bundy
15. Comedy Pt 2 produced by Skammadix
16. A Time To Kill Cuts by TMB produced by Hellzwind
17. Street Art ft Tragedy Khadafi Cuts by TMB produced by Skammadix
18. Reality’s a Bitch produced by Skammadix
19. Show Must Go On produced by Nemesis

The international iTunes pre-order link is http://georiot.co/3ILt

You can connect with Matt Maddox on twitter @MattMaddox82, the online @RawRoots and the label partnership @RedPhoneRecords & @Seven13Music

Copies of the album are now available to media for review. Any press & magazines requiring a copy, or with requests for interviewing Matt Maddox can contact UrbanElite PR HERE You can read the full press release HERE

Meanwhile, check the new single “Street Art” featuring Tragedy Khadafi launched late last week

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Kansas based emcee Matt Maddox teams up with Canadian producer Engineer (Ras Kass, Immortal Technique, Sean Price, Termanology) on this new single “No Country For Old Men” delivering a raucous tribute to legends in the game while taking aim at the portrayal of the culture today.

The official video has just been launched, the second taken from his new album “Righteous Fury” following on from the recent release of BARbarians

2014 looks set to be a busy year for the ex Guerilla War Tactix member with the album due out via the partnership of Red Phone Records and Seven 13 Music on February 25th, and tours of Europe and Australia due in early Spring.

With features and production from Tragedy Khadafi, Stu Bangas, C-Lance (Jedi Mind Tricks), SickNature (Snowgoons) and King Magnetic, the album is set to throw down a strong early marker for the year ahead

“Righteous Fury” is available to pre-order now HERE

You can connect with Matt on twitter @MattMaddox82, Engineer @Producer_Eng and the labels @RedPhoneRecords & @Seven13Music

Check the video out on Youtube

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Former Guerilla War Tactix member Matt Maddox releases his new solo album “Righteous Fury” on 25th February, the long awaited follow up to his debut solo release for Red Phone Records “Asylum Artistry” in 2010

The Kansas based emcee comes hard out the blocks on this single BARbarians produced by Hellzwind, where he’s also joined on the mic by Godilla, UG and Born Unique. All go in hard on this raucous banger and sets down a marker for the album which also includes contributions from Tragedy Khadafi, Stu Bangas, C-Lance (Jedi Mind Tricks), SickNature (Snowgoons) and King Magnetic

Tours of Europe and Australia are in the works for the Spring of 2014 as well as an appearance at SXSW on 16th March

The single is available now on iTunes HERE

You can connect with them on twitter :

Matt Maddox @MattMaddox82
Godilla @humanzoogodilla
UG @therealug
Born Unique @bornpesci
HellzWind @HellzWindProd

More information from the label www.redphonerecords.net / twitter @redphonerecords

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