Earlier this month, NY state producer Frost Gamble – now resident in Winnipeg Canada – hit NYC to finish recording his new “Rare Fabric” EP with Tragedy Khadafi which releases on October 20th. It is available to pre-order on Bandcamp

While there, he took the opportunity to meet with several members of the press including journalist Shamika Sykes who sat down with him for online “My Hip Hop Life“.

The interview was recorded for Shamika’s “Hangout Session” series of interviews and was published yesterday.

The pair began by discussing his earliest days in hip hop, and how “The Message” was the single that first reeled him in as a fan. He then explains his initial link up with rapper Tone Chop, first as friendly rap battle rivals before refocusing on beatmaking. The pair have the new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” releasing on September 29th featuring Kool G Rap, D.N.A., Tragedy Khadafi, Planet Asia and Canadian upcomer White Rhino. Available again to pre-order through 22 Entertainment in digital and CD formats HERE

Moving onto the subject of production more generally, Frost compares his original recording techniques through tape splicing and the MPC to the current technology used, explaining methods are of secondary importance to the result having “a soul”. Citing Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and Madlib as some of his influences, the conversation turns to Fat Joe’s recent comments that “boom bap’s not the wave anymore”.

Frost speaks on the over indulgence in labelling genres, stating “ultimately everyone is replicating what Kool Herc did” as an evolved extension of the turntable, with many contemporary styles having a comparatively shorter shelf life.

This leads him to outline his own longevity and how advice helped him adapt and work within the modern music industry which has resulted in his deal with 22 Entertainment.

Following his views on the current Canadian scene, he then discusses the development of his own stable of artists, his new work with Horseshoe Gang and Royce da 5’9″, the aforementioned albums and his new “I Missed My Bus” project which includes guest artists Skyzoo, Ras Kass, Ruste Juxx, KXNG Crooked, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson and more.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN FULL ON SOUNDCLOUD

FROM THE NEW ALBUM “RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN”, LATEST SINGLE “GUILLOTINE CHOP” ft WHITE RHINO & PLANET ASIA

Connect with Frost on social media via twitter @FrostGamble, IG @Frost.Gamble and FB FrostGamble

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Earlier this week, eastcoast rapper & producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble jumped on Skype to speak with Rainbow Exotic Music for the latest edition of their podcast.

The pair discussed the earliest days together growing up in NY state which included a period as rap battle rivals, and their earliest influences, citing names such as Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, LL Cool J and The Beatnuts as helping shape their initial approach.

They then speak about the concept behind their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” and Chop provides an insight into the working relationship with featured artists Kool G Rap and DNA. The subject then moves on to the comparisons between the classic style of hip hop with some of today’s contemporary mainstream offshoots, the differentials in marketplaces and focus on lyical content, as Chop declares his wish for “mumble rap” to be re-categorized seperately from the genre!

Chop is then asked to give his thoughts on Jay-Z’s new album “4:44”, and as a fan of Hova he gives an interesting view of his overall body of work since the release of “Reasonable Doubt”. Meanwhile, as the pair discuss the logistics of recording together, Frost explains his move from traditional to contemporary crate digging techniques using the MPC, S900 and Tempest as part of the production process.

LISTEN BACK TO THE INTERVIEW IN FULL – STREAMING OPTIONS HERE

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Music played during the show included Chop & Frost’s single “Leave It Alone” ft Ruste Juxx, a tribute to Sean P taken from their previous “Veteran” EP, and the current single “Walk the Walk” ft Kool G Rap. Listen to the streams on Soundcloud

Out on September 29th through 22 Entertainment, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” also features Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi and White Rhino, and is available to pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp

You can connect with Chop & frost on social media, via twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, on IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

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Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and producer Frost Gamble released their collaborative album “Black Beach” on Friday May 26th through 22 Entertainment.

The latest review comes from US online “Triple OT”, a site with a focus on music and basketball. The appraisal is in depth, an appreciation of the production styles which draw from the finest tradtions of J Dilla & Premo, the choice samples used and the soundscape this provides Zo’s impassioned rhymes.

There is an acknowledgement of the themes addressed, including issues which gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, a sense of identity, the importance of family, aspiration and an undetered feeling of hope.

The review reflects the sense of purpose and musical approach well, and can be read in full HERE

Including guest featured artists KXNG Crooked (Slaughterhouse), Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Guilty Simpson (Random Axe), Boldy James, Tone Chop & Young Bleed, the album is available from a variety of digital stores including iTunes, Amazon & Spotify.

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

HEAR THE ALBUM STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD

Expect to see more reviews of “Black Beach” and interviews with Zo & Frost shortly, with a special lyric video for the track “Keep Me Safe” releasing next week

Connect with Zo & Frost on social media via twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble, on Instagram @ZotheJerk & @Frost.Gamble and on their joint Facebook Page

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Shortly before the release of their new EP “Veteran”, NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble jumped on Skype to speak with London journalist Taytula Burke for long running online publication British Hip Hop.

The feature published today encompasses their discussion relating to the spirit and sound of the new EP in line with how they first met at rap battles during the 90’s, while also establishing their firm committment to hip hop’s evolution for a modern era.

The opener “Dedication” shouts out many of the G.O.A.T.’s including Rakim, Queen Latifah and Pac, an opening salvo declaring their origins and influences followed by biographical accounts in “Back in the Days” and “Better with Time”. However “Step Up” switches focus to the future, in line with the EP’s role as a warm up for a new album next year.

Their reflective and anticipatory approach is represented in the feature which can be read HERE

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Available through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment, the “Veteran” EP can be bought from iTunes

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Look out for further media coverage on the duo in the coming weeks and the launch of a new bonus cut in a few days’ time.

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TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble
FACEBOOK Official Joint Page
INSTAGRAM @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble

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US online hip hop magazine The 9 Elements have run their interview series “The Whole 9” for some time now where they get a snapshot of the artist’s mindset and the concept behind their upcoming release.

The latest focus is on NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble, long term associates and originally rap battle rivals who have collaborated for their first official release via the “Veteran” EP, out November 18th through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment.

The interview discusses the new project and in particular the first single to be released “Leave It Alone” which features Ruste Juxx and is a tribute to the late Sean Price. Frost’s move to Canada and switch away from the mic to concentrate solely on beatmaking is also addressed as is the duo’s thoughts on the influence of the 90’s sound in many contemporary releases.

READ ALL THIS AND MORE IN THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED HERE

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Check out the single “Leave It Alone” ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi on Soundcloud

The single is available to buy now from the EP’s pre-order account on iTunes

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The UK’s HHK Magazine (aka Hip Hop Kings) has been running a popular “25 Facts” series for the past few years where artists provide exclusive and previously unknown information about themselves and their upcoming new release.

Latest in the series is a focus on NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg producer Frost Gamble who, despite having been rap battle rivals in the 90’s and subsequent partners in rhyme & tagging, release their first collaborative project on November 18th.

The “Veteran EP” releases through Seven 13 MMusic & Entertainment and is available to pre-order on iTunes

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In the feature they reveal how they came by their artist names, the recording process of the EP, their most rated producers and Emcees and their involvement in the rap battle and graffiti scenes.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

From the EP, and available to buy now from iTunes, is their first single “Leave It Alone”. A tribute to the late Sean Price, it features Ruste Juxx and Nobi.

They followed that with a bonus cut “Being A Boss” which uses the Jadakiss and Nate Dogg joint “Time’s Up” for the hook, and is available to download free direct from the audio stream on Soundcloud.

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Look out for extensive international media coverage on the release in the weeks ahead.

Meantime, connect with the duo on Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

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In the past few weeks, rapper M.I. from eastcoast hip hop duo Constant Deviants jumped on the phone to westcoast publication Streets Connect Magazine.

In what was an in depth conversation, many subjects were addressed meaning the resultant interview being published in two parts.

The first of these has M.I. going deep into the concept behind the group’s new album “Omerta” which released on June 28th, the production process, and the various inspirations that contributed to its ultimate naissance. This naturally leads the discussion on to his thoughts on the art of songwriting in hip hop today, and the group’s approach to a new project with the emphasis placed on a cohesive construction rather than random beats and bars.

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The Baltimore MC gives an example of writing for a female audience, citing the approach of Mobb Deep, Pete Rock, CL Smooth and Gangstarr to underline the point, and it takes the interview back to the days of when the group first started, the progression from battle raps to the art of storytelling, and the release of their debut single “Competition Catch Speed Knots

Interesting insight to the mindset, and you can read the entire feature HERE

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Look out for Part 2 of the interview being published very shortly, and the final episode of their Tre Volte freestyle video series releasing next week when M.I. will also have his new movie “Six2Six” screened at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem.

Co:ordinated by Ralph McDaniels, it will be shown at 8.30pm on Friday August 5th at the National Black Theater in Harlem, and co:stars Treach, Syleena Johnson and Chief Rocker Busy Bee.

“Omerta” is available to buy as a digital download HERE and is being distributed worldwide by Fatbeats in CD and vinyl formats. Keep up to date with Constant Deviants on social media via Facebook (Group & Label) and Twitter (Group & Label) and meantime check out the album stream

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