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In the lead up to the release of the group’s fifth studio album “Omerta”, Baltimore rapper M.I. from Constant Deviants spoke at length to west coast online publication Streets Connect Magazine.

Part 1 of the interview was published recently, and in the second installment they discuss M.I.’s time spent signed to a solo deal with Arista and the issues he faced particularly in relation to the label’s suggested marketing strategy for him as an artist. This takes the conversation onto the wider subject of how white rappers were, and possibly still are, targeted at specific demographics.

An insight is given into M.I.’s earliest influences, and while several of the greats are acknowledged, he explains that the biggest factor in his development was found closer to home within Baltimore’s scene, and in particular the role played by Lab Tech 1.

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The subject switches to M.I.’s move into the world of film making as an actor, writer and producer, with his most recent movie “Six2Six” having just been screened at last week’s Hip Hop Film Festival in NYC, and the discussion develops further as he explains why he feels it is now less productive for independent artists to release official music videos.

The interview concludes with the announcement that Constant Deviants will perform in Colombia shortly, a territory they have found to be particularly supportive due to a strong vinyl market in line with the label’s policy of releasing in that format, a factor which has also established their presence in the UK, Europe and Australia

The overall interview is one of the most in-depth ever given by M.I., and can be read HERE

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“Omerta” can be bought as a digital download HERE and has been distributed to specialist stores worldwide in CD and vinyl formats by Fatbeats.

Connect with Constant Deviants on Facebook (Group & Label), on twitter (Group & Label) & check out the “Omerta” album stream

All international media, press and radio station publicity enquiries and requests regarding Constant Deviants can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR, our contact details are HERE

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While in New York in July to take in the Total Slaughter event, Detroit MC Kid Vishis, the younger brother of Royce da 5’9″, hooked up with local online tv broadcaster The Beeshine as part of their “What Inspires…?” series.

The Beeshine have interviewed some legends in the game over the years, and took the opportunity to meet up with the Michigan rapper while he was in town also promoting his new album “Timing is Everything” which released on Seven 13 Entertainment on 22nd July. It’s available worldwide from digital stores such as iTunes and Amazon, and in physical CD format by mail order from the label directly at www.seven13ent.com

You can read the full feature HERE http://www.thebeeshine.com/what-inspires-kid-vishis/. Check the video interview in full on Youtube

Look out for further media coverage on Kid Vishis coming shortly by publications in France, Spain, Italy, the UK and USA. Meantime, you can follow him on twitter and Instagram @KidVishis

All international press & media inquiries regarding Kid Vishis can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR 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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Having released his debut solo album “Reality Provoking Liberation” on 28th October, west London rapper & producer Apex Zero has been busy in rehearsals with his live band preparing for his album launch party on Saturday 7th December upstairs at The Vibe Bar in London’s Brick Lane.

The event runs from 8pm – 1am and he will also be joined by Caxton Press, Iron Braydz, Itch FM’s DJ A.Gee and host Peaches. At £5.00 on the door, it’s going to be real value for money to see some of the city’s top hip hop talent on display and should be a great “blow out” in the lead up to the Xmas holiday period. You can see more about the venue and the night at www.vibe-bar.co.uk

There has been a fantastic media response to the release over the past few months, culminating in a 4 star review in the current issue of MOJO Magazine, and the young emcee has also been conducting further interviews since the release of the album. One of them was with British online Rawroots, a platform which has run for many years now with a specific interest in UK and international hip hop & rap music.

He took time out to speak with the site’s Boulent about his album, the inspirations behind it and plans for the future as part of the duo First and Last. Read the full interview HERE

He also released a brand new video for the single Absolute Zero last week

Look out for further media coverage hitting the internet shortly, and meantime the album can be bought in digital and CD format direct from http://firstandlast.bandcamp.com

Any further press or media enquiries about the album or event can be addressed to UrbanElite PR HERE

You can follow Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 and the website @Rawroots

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Ahead of the release of his first solo album in 10 years, “Lock’d N The Lab” due out late August, Bumpy Knuckles releases his new EP “The Mix Files” on 18th June as a joint venture on Seven13 Music and Krupt Mob.

Made up almost entirely of new material which will not appear on the album, it includes the previously released Ask the Coach, Word ft Sy Ari Tha Kid and this new single Somn’Wrong

Both the EP and album are entirely self produced by Freddie Foxxx. This will be a busy summer for Bumpy with the release of his EP, album and the putting together of a new UK and European tour for later in the year. He is also working on some further collaborations which should see the light of day in the coming months

All official updates on Bumpy can be found at http://BumpyKnuckles.bigcartel.com and you can also connect with him via twitter @BumpyKnuckles

Check it out on Soundcloud

Any djs who have not already been serviced with the clean / radio edit of this track, or the radio edit of “Word” ft Sy Ari Tha Kid, contact UrbanElite PR HERE

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Legendary New York hip hop veteran Bumpy Knuckles is set to release Lock’d N The Lab in late August via Gracie Productions, his first solo album in 10 years since Konexion.

This of course follows on from last year’s highly successful collaboration The Kolexxxion LP with long term associate DJ Premier.

“Keep On Grinding” is the first official single taken from the album, featuring Christopher Williams and is produced by Bumpy himself, aka Freddie Foxxx. Currently putting together plans for an international tour later in the year, expect to see more singles, videos & news on this release over the coming months

More information at http://BumpyKnuckles.bigcartel.com & connect with him on twitter @BumpyKnuckles

The single is available now on iTunes HERE

Check out the audio stream of the original version on Soundcloud

Any djs not already serviced with the shorter clean radio edit mp3, or the clean edit of his track “Ask the Coach” which he launched recently, contact UrbanElite PR HERE

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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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