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NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble release their first collaborative EP “Veteran” through Seven 13 Music & Ent on November 18th. Available on pre-order via iTunes

Originally rivals in upstate NY’s rap battle scene during the 90’s, they became partners in rhyme, tagging and production. Already on record as crediting the wider hip hop culture and elements as being the catalyst for them to pick up the mic, US online The ReUp Spot sat down with them recently for their perspective on the evolution of hip hop over the past two decades.

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The feature is an insightful historical record, as the pair discuss their own involvement in music, graffiti and breakdancing at a time when by comparison to today, the elements had a more prominent and influential role in the wider culture.

Subjects addressed act as a historical snapshot of the changes which have taken place. The switch from vinyl to Serato, the elevation of hip hop music, fashions and art elevated from the underground to the broader commercial world, and the emergence of the various sub genres which now exist.

Focusing on the new release, they discuss the reasons for collaborating officially for the first time after all these years, their previous solo releases and the impact of signing with Seven 13.

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The article will likely be of extra interest to a younger generation, typically fed a very narrow representation by today’s media. There is more to it than that – go to the source, adapt and progress. “If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go” James Baldwin

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

The first single from the EP released was “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean Price featuring Ruste Juxx and Nobi. Check out the stream

Connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble online :

TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble
IG @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble
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All media, press and radio station DJ inquiries regarding the “Veteran” EP release can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact information is HERE

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4 days to go until the release of the debut album by Detroit’s MC Kid Vishis on Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

Produced by Mr Porter (Shady / D12), Chase Moore (Hippie Sabotage), New Jersey’s Nemisis and Canada’s Nick Zervos, “Timing is Everything” will be available worldwide on digital & physical CD formats, and autographed copies can be ordered from the label Seven 13 Entertainment now at www.seven13ent.com

It is also available for pre order now on iTunes & Amazon

Latest review comes from online publication Dead End Hip Hop based in the USA.

Writer Samuel Odunsi Jr puts the album in the context of the Detroit scene and the emergence of this artist over the years from releasing mixtapes as part of the “Sick Em” series, working with his elder brother Royce da 5’9″ and now stepping out in his own right with his first official studio album.

Unsurprisingly, props are given to Kid Vishis’ mic skills, concise rapier-like delivery and range of subject matter, notably in this case on the track Beautiful Day “anytime an MC takes the time out to drop some positive knowledge should be an A grade in everyone’s book.“. Read the full review HERE

Kid Vishis has had a busy time with media recently, the results of which you will see over the coming weeks, and is also in the middle of planning tours of Canada, the UK & Europe while working on his follow up sophomore album. Keep up to date with him on twitter @KidVishis and on Instagram “KidVishis

Here is his latest video for “Talk Behind My Back”

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Multi genre online publication Music OMH are the latest to review London’s Melanin 9 and his debut album “Magna Carta” which released on iTunes on Monday 3rd December.

Contributor Thomas May gives this a thorough examination, and a 4 star rating, opening with :

On this record, Melanin 9 remains admirably committed to his belief in the potency of hip hop as a socially transformative art form

Of course as an artist, Melanin 9 is heavily influenced by the ethos of hip hop during the Golden Era, although in this album applies a contemporary take for 2012, a point picked up by the magazine when they say “it is the lyrical dexterity and poise of delivery with which Melanin 9 presents his sentiment that elevates this record beyond mere social critique.

His lyricism and wordplay have been his trademark since the days of his mixtapes “High Fidelity” and “144,000”, and as debut albums go, to quote MusicOMH is one which is “made only more striking by the knowledge that this is the artist’s debut“. With the ongoing throwback to the 90’s scene happening in the United States right now, it’s little surprise that Melanin 9 has been enjoying such a level of media attention internationally.

You can read the whole review HERE

The album can be bought digitally on iTunes HERE

You can also buy the physical CD format of the album via http://m9ether.bandcamp.com where you can also purchase the 12″ vinyl version of his single “White Russian” featuring Roc Marciano

On twitter, you can reach him @Melanin_9 and the magazine @MusicOMH

Look out for much more international media coverage on this release in the weeks ahead. Any further press enquiries can be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE

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If youre into all things hip hop, and we assume you probably are, you should definitely check out the UK’s online magazine Broken Culture

They have a really wide level of coverage including music, events, art & graff, skate & bmx and much more. The owner Max Quinn has done an excellent job in representing the culture and you can easily tell that “the knowledge” is there given the in depth analysis provided.

They’re the latest to cover Melanin 9’s new album Magna Carta which releases on 3rd December. The feature covers the launch event last Friday at London’s Vibe Bar, provides some extra background information and history on the artist, you can also watch several of his videos and of course read a thorough review of the album itself.

It’s a really well presented piece of journalistic writing, and you can read it HERE

The CD version of the album can be bought direct from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and the album will also be available to buy digitally. Note that you can also buy the vinyl 12″ of his highly successful single White Russian featuring Roc Marciano, so again if you contact his Bandcamp you can cop that heat there

There will be a lot more coverage on this release coming over the next few weeks, including special video features, and an exclusive snippet stream of the entire album via Bonafide Magazine shortly.

Meanwhile keep up to date with what Melanin 9 is doing on twitter @Melanin_9 and connect with Max and the guys @BrokenCultureUk

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