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One of the leading names in the UK hip hop scene for the past several years, north London’s Melanin 9 is set to release a new solo album “Old Pictures” in the Spring of 2017.

A member of the highly rated Triple Darkness crew, his position as one of the country’s most gifted lyricists is well established and he brings all of his verbal dexterity to the table in this new joint “Polaroid”. Produced by Californian duo Walterwarm and Cowode, it is the first single to be taken from the new album and features British upcomer Karl Sage.

The accompanying video has been released today, filmed and edited by Melanin 9 himself. Check it out on Youtube

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Any DJ’s not already serviced with the full quality MP3 (original & clean) of “Polaroid” can request it from us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact information is HERE

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Been a busy past couple of years for us here at UrbanElite PR working with hip hop artists from the USA and UK, in the main promoting their EPs & albums to press and media in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & Japan.

In recent times, this has included artists such as Bumpy Knuckles, Melanin 9, ethemadassassin, Apex Zero, Matt Maddox, Iron Braydz, Kid Vishis with further tour & additional press for Ultramagnetic MC’s & Rah Digga. There is a full list of artists we have worked with HERE

This site is the primary online platform for UrbanElite PR, and the main page has all the regular updates of press coverage as they are published for current campaigns. We have just updated some of our other sections to reflect the promotional activity we’ve undertaken recently, and also to update information on the services we provide.

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In the VIDEO section you can watch some of those we have promoted usually as part of an EP / album campaign. They include official music videos and special feature & interview coverage by artists such as Souls of Mischief, D12, Copywrite, Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, Kid Vishis, Matt Maddox, Classified & Verbal Kent

In the SINGLES section, you can hear audio streams of just some of the tracks we have promoted worldwide to onlines and djs, again usually in conjunction with ongoing EP & album campaigns, but there are also some stand alone single projects. In addition to the artists mentioned above, they also include joints by Bumpy Knuckles, ethemadassassin, Ultramagnetic MCs, Apex Zero, Skyzoo, Butta Da Prince, & Vast Aire

If you’re a fan of hip hop which draws from the traditions of quality lyricism & production, then there should definitely be plenty in the VIDEO & SINGLES sections for you to enjoy!

We have also updated the PRESS section which includes snapshots & images of international press coverage during various EP & album campaigns, while the CAMPAIGN section provides details about specific previous press & media campaigns we have undertaken, and the results delivered.

Information about us and the full range of services we provide have also been updated HERE

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If you are a hip hop artist or label with an upcoming single, EP or album release of a similar nature to those we have promoted in the past, and may be interested in the range of international services we provide, drop us a line via the CONTACT section, providing us with a little background information about you & your project and we’ll send a reply within 48 hours.

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London’s Melanin 9 is releasing his EP “High Fidelity” on 31st May on his own Red Snow label

This is in fact drawn from the Triple Darkness member’s 2007 mixtape of the same name, a limited edition of original tracks available for the first time in vinyl format with instrumentals, new artwork and a brand new bonus cut “Colours”.

“High Fidelity” EP tracklist

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A – SIDE

1. 4 Souls [Produced By Beat Butcha]
2. Silent Weaponz featuring Triple Darkness [Produced By Chemo]
3. Cold featuring Skriblah Dan Gogh [Produced By Chemo]
4. Colours Bonus* [Produced By Loop Holes]

B – SIDE

Instrumentals

He has just launched his new video for “Colours” today which also features a cameo appearance by fellow Triple Darkness member Iron Braydz who of course released his on Verbal sWARdz EP recently. Shot on location in east London recently, Melanin 9 also edited the video. Check it out on Youtube

The EP will be available from http://redsnowrecords.squarespace.com and you can also connect with him on twitter @Melanin_9

Any DJ’s looking for the full quality (320) clean radio edit mp3 of “Colours” can request it from UrbanElite PR HERE

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n the current July 2013 issue of the UK’s DJ Magazine, reviewer Neil Kulkarni picks his top releases for the month

He has made Melanin 9’s single Heartless Island which also features his old sparring partners Triple Darkness, the “Money Shot” Single of the Month

The single appears on M9’s album Magna Carta which was released in December to wide critical acclaim in the UK and also overseas – Jay Z take note! – and it can be purchased on iTunes or in physical format via http://m9ether.bandcamp.com by mail order

He has a number of live dates coming up, including on the main stage at the Boom Bap Festival in September, and also look out for some brand new recorded material being released in the months ahead. You can keep up to date with him via twitter @Melanin_9

Meanwhile, check out the video for the track

Any media or booking enquiries can be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE or live venue & club promoters can contact the man himself via his Bandcamp or through his social media platforms

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Following the phenomenal international response to his debut album “Magna Carta” which released on 3rd December, Melanin 9 has just launched the final video from this project “Heartless Island” featuring his long time sparring partners Triple Darkness with production courtesy of Jehst

Just as with previous joints Organized Democracy and DJ Magazine’s Hip Hop Single of the Month “White Russian” ft Roc Marciano, this is another banger with all artists on top of their lyrical game over a slammin beat.

Melanin 9 has just released the vinyl version of Magna Carta, and has been busy in the studio recording new projects including a new track with Planet Asia. He has several live appearances coming up including a performance at London’s iLuvLive at the end of May, and featuring on the main stage at the UK’s Boom Bap Festival in September.

Definitely one to keep your eyes on over the next 12 months

Any djs not already serviced with a full quality radio / clean edit, contact us HERE

You can keep up to date with Melanin 9 at http://m9ether.bandcamp.com and on twitter @Melanin_9 You can also connect with Jehst on twitter @JehstOfficial

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The Voice Newspaper is a well known publication in London which has run from 1982, and has been regularly voted “Britain’s Best Black Newspaper” for their coverage on a range of issues specific to the community including sport, current affairs, education, lifestyle, faith, career opportunites and entertainment.

The papers’s Hazel Ann Williams took a trip up to Islington recently to interview one of the hottest emerging figures in the UK hip hop scene, melanin 9, to discuss his new album Magna Carta, his early days of starting out as an artist and his views on hip hop generally today.

You can read the whole interview HERE

There has been a tremendous amount of media coverage on Magna Carta in the UK primarily, and also in Europe and the United States since the promotional campaign began in the autumn of 2012. Hip Hop specialists, general urban music online and physical magazines, and national physical publications such as Clash, MOJO and Q Magazine have all featured reviews and interviews.

We predicted this, his debut album, would be a landmark release for this highly talented lyricist, and the international online coverage of his freestyle for SBTV and official videos, including “White Russian” ft Roc Marciano, premiered by Nah Right – a first for such a UK artist – has proven this to be the case.

Included in Wordplay Magazine and Bonafide Magazine top hip hop albums of 2012, there’s little doubt this has been one of the biggest UK releases of last year within the genre

It is available to buy now from iTunes, and a physical CD format version is also available to buy direct from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

You can check it out for yourself via this snippet version on his Soundcloud

Expect to see a video for the track “Heartless Island” featuring Triple Darkness in the near future, as well as him performing some shows, including on the main stage at the Boom Bap Festival in September.

Any booking enquiries for Melanin 9 can be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE or you can connect directly with him via the contact details provided on his twitter profile @Melanin_9

All further media enquiries can be sent to Urbanelite PR via the link provided above

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Another review of UK hip hop MC Melanin 9’s album “Magna Carta” which released on 3rd December 2012.

This one had slipped under the radar until today, but first published in January 2013, online magazine Stereoboard reviewer Jonny Rimmer has given this a massive vote of approval

Opening up with an overview of the shifts taking place right now in the UK scene, with more people switching attention to the “hip hop” community, he opens :

There are significant changes afoot in the world of UK hip hop. With grime is on the way out, and its established heads like Wiley and Dizzee Rascal moving towards poppy pastures new, hip hop is again gaining popularity in cities all over the UK. The battle scene is also making waves with Don’t Flop boasting now one of the biggest battle-league fanbases on the planet. Most tangibly though, there is a real sense that hip hop is now a real voice for young people seeking change – see the recently retired Lowkey and Logic’s ‘People’s Army’; M9 also fits this mould.

This is then followed by the opening salvo in relation to the album itself :

However, one cannot stress enough just how much of an accomplishment Magna Carta is. For starters, it sounds very little like a British album at all, snubbing garage for the sort of slow, meditative beats that you’d find on 90s noir records like Mobb Deep’s The Infamous. And the mood it establishes is gorgeous, with jazzy trumpets, saxophone and piano samples forming the backdrop to M9’s bleak urban narratives. Even though there are several different producers here, all of them match M9’s vision, tailoring their ideas to the MC’s aesthetic vision.

Offering a 4.5 / 5 rating, read the whole review HERE

Magna Carta is available digitally from iTunes and can also be ordered in CD physical format from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

Here is a snippet version of the album on his own Soundcloud page

Melanin 9 is busy recording new material as well as setting up some dates, which will also include performing on the main stage at the Boom Bap Festival in the UK in September. Anyone wishing to book melanin 9 for dates can contact UrbanElite Promotions HERE or check the contact information on his twitter profile @Melanin_9

You can also connect with the magazine on twitter @Stereoboard

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