London’s Melanin 9 sat down with Nick from UK online magazine Blatantly Blunt recently ahead of the release of his new album Magna Carta which drops on 3rd December

In this video interview, he speaks on starting out as an emcee, the inspiration he draws from politics, social justice, the Black Panther and Civil Rights Movement, reading and the broad spectrum of life to write.

He acknowledges the influence played by artists such as Wu Tang, Nas, Jay Electronica, producers Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Hi Tek and reveals who he’d like to work with in the future, as well as his thoughts on operating as an independent artist and new plans with Triple Darkness.

Its an excellent insight into how Melanin 9 operates, and also addresses the general saturation of music on the internet compared to a more methodical traditional approach to releasing videos, singles and albums

Check it out

His new video “White Russian” will be released on Tuesday 20th November, details to follow very shortly

The album launch party takes place on Friday 23rd November upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane London E1 6QL. 8pm – 1am, £5 entry and 18 + event, nearest tube is Aldgate East approximately 5 minutes away. Joining him will be Host Iron Braydz, DJ 279 and there will be further performances by Genesis Elijah, Rewd Adams, Cyrus Malachi, Logic, Phoenix da Icefire and Skriblah Dangogh

Pre order CD versions of the album directly from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

Any further press or general media enquiries about the release should be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE

Keep up to date with him on twitter @Melanin_9 and Nick and the guys @BlatantlyBlunt

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Islington’s Melanin 9 took time out his busy schedule recently to speak with lifestyle magazine The London Word about his thoughts on the capital city

It’s a regular feature in the online publication where local residents involved in a cross section of the performing arts give their opinions and experiences on living there

Read what he has to say HERE

Meanwhile, full details of the album launch event have just been announced.

Happening upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL on Friday 23rd November, the night runs from 8pm – 1am

Door price is an extremely reasonable £5 where you will get the opportunity to see Melanin 9 perform various tracks from his new album Magna Carta, which is on general public release from 3rd December.

DJ for the night is Choice FM’s DJ 279, hosted by Neasden’s Iron Braydz.

Also performing will be Genesis Elijah, Phoenix da Icefire, Cyrus Malachi, Skriblah, Logic & Rewd Adams, which in anyone’s language is a massive lineup representing some of the best in the UK hip hop scene.

The Facebook Event Page is HERE

You can also get more information at http://vibe-bar.co.uk or call the venue on 0207 247 3479 Nearest Tube is Aldgate East which is only 5 minutes away. For any fans of hip hop in London, its an absolute must see event.

Keep up to date with Melanin 9 via http://www.melanin9.com or http://m9ether.bandcamp.com where you can also pre order CD versions of the album which will be delivered slightly ahead of official release date on 25th November

You can also follow him on twitter @Melanin_9 and the magazine via @TheLondonWord

Any further media enquiries regarding the release can be addressed to UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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Expect this to be the first of many!

London’s Melanin 9 releases his debut official album “Magna Carta” on 3rd December, following on from much vaunted Mixtapes and EP’s “High Fidelity”, “144,000” and “Orion’s Stencil”

Journalist Oli Arditi is first off the mark with a typically in depth analysis of the 14 tracks on offer which includes features by Triple Darkness and Roc Marciano.

As an artist, Melanin 9 is renowned as a conscientious lyricist with superior wordplay, and its no secret that this album has been a long time in the making, as each, verse, track, producer and guest artist is painstakingly put together, a fact Oli picks up on

The degree of commitment and seriousness with which this album has been assembled is hard to miss”….”this is an artwork of great power, remarkable vision and pinpoint accuracy

Its a really insightful review of the album and the artist, and can be read in full HERE

A new single from the album “Landmark” produced by Anatomy will be launched this week, with further special releases earmarked in the coming weeks and months. He will also be filming a new interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle and performance for the SBTV Series SkooledBy shortly, so look out for those hitting the internet soon.

To mark the release of the album, a launch event will take place at London’s Vibe Bar on 23rd November. Full details of special guests and more information about the night will be announced in the next couple of weeks, but it will be a night not to miss for all fans of hip hop in the city

Keep up to date with what he’s doing via www.m9ether.bandcamp.com where you can also pre order CD versions of the album, and via his twitter @Melanin_9 You can also connect with Oli on twitter at @oli_the_bass

For any media enquiries, interview requests or dj requests, contact UrbanElite Promotions HERE

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