Earlier this year, Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY state producer Frost Gamble, now resident in Winnipeg, released their album “Black Beach” [available on Bandcamp] which included featured artists KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X and Boldy James.

In August the pair travelled to NYC to wrap up a new recording project with Tragedy Khadafi – the Rare Fabric EP drops October 20th – and while there they chopped it up with Rapstation’s Tim Einenkel for his “The Library” series of interviews

In what resulted in a very in depth and far reaching interview, the pair discussed their early introductions to hip hop reaching back to the 80’s & 90’s. Frost divulges how the early breakdancing craze was his first step, and introduced him to the music of Whodini and UTFO, and how Rakim and Juice Crew first influenced his decision to pick up the mic, performing cyphers and battling at street corners which is where he first met long time compadre Tone Chop.

He explains the reason for the switch to production, learning from near neighbour DJ Spinna, and the impact “By All Means Necessary” and “It Takes A Nation of Millions” had on his approach, while citing Diamond D as his initial yardstick.

Meanwhile, Zo goes all the way back to first hearing The Rappin’ Duke, Dana Dane, Slick Rick, NWA and Big Daddy Kane, and how hip hop was his escape from the harsh realities around him – poverty, crack sold in elementary school and violence – it was more of an education in his self development.

He recalls watching what would become members of D12 first performing in battles and groups, and the lessons learned on how to progress as an artist from role models such as J Dilla and Proof.

Bringing it to the present, the pair disucss how they first met in 2014, their recording methods and how their track “Honey” was the catalyst for their career defining moment in signing with Miami label 22 Entertainment.

On the theme of “Black Beach”, Zo explains how it was designed as the snapshot of “the black experience” in America today, though there are more expansive themes addressed such as the loss of his grandmother addressed in “Risk vs Reward”. The rapper wears his heart on his sleeve laying out his vulnerabilities, aspirations and anger in equal measure, in effect a cathartic experience that will resonate with most people.

The pair then discuss their future recording plans, including the comparative pressure on artists today to constantly release new music, before the conversation switches to Frost’s work with Tone Chop.

With their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” having released just yesterday, Tim asks about their track “Leave It Alone” from their “Veteran” EP of last year, a dedication to the late Sean Price. The producer gives the background to how the track was put together with Ruste Juxx and Nobi, and also gives the reasons why he held the man in such high regard.

The interview not only serves as a fascinating look behind the scenes at Zo and Frost, but also as a vignette of hip hop history through the eras.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN FULL HERE

ZotheJerk x Frost Gamble “RISK VS REWARD” ft Sadat X

Tone Chop x Frost Gamble LEAVE IT ALONE ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi

Frost returns to NYC mid October, this time with Tone Chop, to promote their new album and will be guests on DJ Eclipse’s Sirius XM “Rap Is Outta Control”, Monday 16th Oct.

All media, press and radio station DJ enquiries regarding Frost Gamble, Tone Chop & ZotheJerk, including requests to interview the pair in NYC, can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are available HERE

You can connect with the guys on social media via twitter @FrostGamble @TheJerkNation @ToneChop and there are also two joint Facebook Pages – Zo and Frost Tone & Frost They’re cool guys, holla at ’em.

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The latest “Rapture & Verse” monthly column written by the UK’s Matt Oliver has just been published in Monolith Cocktail.

The column is a regular bite sized but informative summary of news, events, videos, single, EP, mixtape and album releases in the world of hip hop keeping you up to date with the key movers on both sides of the Atlantic.

This month’s article includes Apollo Brown, The Doppelgangaz, Royce da 5’9″, DJ Shadow, David Begun, Public Enemy, LMNO, Big Punisher, Confucius MC, Verb T, Main Source and many more.

Also mentioned in honourable despatches is the new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” by eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble. Releasing on September 29th it includes featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, online battle rap sensation DNA, Canadian upcomer White Rhino and Tragedy Khadafi with whom Frost is currently recording a new album.

READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE

“Respect Is Earned Not Given” will release in digital and CD formats through 22 Entertainment and is available to pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp

The first single released last month was “Walk the Walk” featuring Kool G Rap, currently receiving airtime on stations including Sirius XM and Rapstation. It is streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud

All international press, media and radio station DJ enquiries regarding Tone Chop, Frost Gamble and their new album can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR, our contact information is available HERE

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The latest review of the new album “Black Beach” by Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and producer Frost Gamble has been published in the UK’s Blacksheep Magazine.

Written by regular contributor Andrew Kay, the article first of all acknowledges the creative nature of the album with both artists given equal billing, in a similar vein to Premo and Royce da 5’9″s PRhyme project.

A track by track summary follows reflecting the contrasts in mood swings reflected in the style of production and subject matter which has at its core a stream of social commentary, a personal perspective on the experience of today’s “Black America“.

READ THE REVIEW IN FULL HERE

Releasing next week through 22 Entertainment on Friday May 26th, “Black Beach” includes guest feature artists KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Tone Chop, Sadat X, Young Bleed and Boldy James.

It will be available from all digital stores including Spotify & iTunes, while a special Deluxe edition including bonus cuts and instrumentals will be available exclusively from Bandcamp.

Two singles have already been released, “Risk vs Reward” ft Sadat X and “My Negus” ft Guilty Simpson. Hear the audio streams on Soundcloud

Look out for more reviews of “Black Beach” by international media in the weeks ahead, including in the next issue of renowned print publication MOJO Magazine, with further interviews of Zo and Frost appearing shortly.

Meantime, keep up to date with their news on social media via twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble, Instagram @ZotheJerk & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

All press, media and radio station DJ inquiries regarding ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR, our full contact details are available HERE

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Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY State producer Frost Gamble who is now based in Winnipeg Canada released their new video “Axe Somebody” last week.

A bonus cut, it follows last month’s official single “Risk vs Reward” ft Sadat-X taken from their forthcoming album “Black Beach” out on May 26th. On “Axe Somebody”, Frost takes it all the way back on the beat, the renowned booming funky drummer break underpinning Zo’s high octane delivery with Big L sampled on the hook.

They have today made the joint available as a free mp3 download direct from the new audio stream – check the video and stream below.

“AXE SOMEBODY” ON YOUTUBE

DOWNLOAD THE “AXE SOMEBODY” MP3 DIRECT FROM THE STREAM

Zo was also a guest on last week’s Rainbow Exotic Music podcast, a show based in Connecticut with an eclectic set list of hip hop, funk, soul and rock. You can learn more about them via their site HERE

Listen back to the show on the player

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“Black Beach”, which will be featured in the legendary UK publication MOJO Magazine next month, includes guest artists KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Boldy James, Sadat-X, Tone Chop and Young Bleed, and can be pre-order now on Itunes

Zo & Frost are currently conducting interviews with publications in the US, Europe and UK, and you can keep up to date with their news on social media via twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble and over on their joint Facebook Page

All media, press and radio station DJ inquiries regarding the new album can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact information is available HERE

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New music video released today by Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble who originally hails from upstate NY.

“Axe Somebody” is a bonus cut and follows last month’s official single “Risk vs Reward” ft Sadat-X taken from the album “Black Beach” out on May 26th which includes additional guest appearances by KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Boldy James, and Young Bleed.

Frost takes it all the way back on the beat, the renowned booming funky break underpinning Zo’s high octane delivery complimented by Big L’s sampled hookline. Drop the needle on it….

The track will be made available as a free download next week. Check in with them on social media on twitter @TheJerkNation & @FrostGamble or over on their joint Facebook Page to find out exactly how and where you can get a free mp3.

Meanwhile, a news article about the album has just been published in French Magazine “ABCDR DU SON” and the feature includes the stream of the duo’s single “Risk vs Reward” together with the video interview they conducted for another French online “In The Mood TV”.

CHECK THE NEWS ITEM IN FULL HERE

“Black Beach” releases through 22 Entertainment and is available to pre-order on iTunes

All international press, media and radio station DJ inquiries regarding ZotheJerk, Frost Gamble and their album “Black Beach”, including requests to interview the artists or for promotional copies of the album for review consideration, can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR.

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Been a busy time for Newark hip hop group 050 Boyz in the week following the release of their debut album “Everything 050” on 4th August. It’s available from iTUNES

Still conducting interviews with the world’s media, they travelled through to NYC on Wednesday night to appear as guests of DJ Eclipse on his Halftime Show on WNYU, and yesterday chopped it up with fellow New Jerseyan Michelle Locke for Goodfella Media’s Feature Friday series which currently has a particular focus on artists from the Garden State

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READ THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH THE GROUP IN GOODFELLA MEDIA HERE

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Earlier this week, “Everything 050” was featured in the monthly “Rapture & Verse” column in the UK’s Monolith Cocktail. Written by Matt Oliver, the column delivers a monthly round up of news regarding single, album and mixtape releases from both sides of the Atlantic, and this month’s includes updates on Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, L’Orange & Kool Keith, KRS-One, Apathy, Genesis Elijah, Quelle Chris, Kyza, Skepta and many more

READ THE WHOLE COLUMN IN MONOLITH COCKTAIL HERE

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DJ Eclipse’s Halftime Show on WNYU is filmed and streamed live every Wednesday from 10.30pm EST, and recorded simultaneously on UStream. Here is the stream of the full show with the Brick City trio making their appearance from 2 hours in.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

050 Boyz will be peforming live with DJ Nugget at this Sunday’s B Fest in Brooklyn. The event is held at Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue, BedStuy. The event starts at 4pm, entry is $5 and open to all those aged 21 and over. There is more about the event and venue HERE

Look out for more international media coverage coming in the weeks ahead, and stay connected to 050 Boyz on social media via FACEBOOK and twitter @050_boyz (individually @RiqdaKid_050 @EgoFree2_050 & @PrinceAK_050)

All press, media & PR enquiries regarding 050 Boyz can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR, our contact details are HERE All booking enquiries can be sent to their management team at Inkwell Entertainment

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London MC & producer Apex Zero has just released his new video today for “Obtain Bearing”, a self produced track taken from his debut album Reality Provoking Liberation released late last year

Filmed in west London, Nottingham and Grenada, the visuals represent his roots while his rhymes reflect the conscientious lyricism endorsed by international publications such as MOJO, Blues & Soul, Rap Reviews and The Word is Bond

Working on a new mixtape due for release later in the year, the First and Last crew member was also seen interviewing Dead Prez for the UK’s I Am Hip Hop Magazine.

The album is available from www.firstandlastpride.co.uk & you can reach him on twitter @ApexZero00

There is a version of this track edited for radio. Check it out on the audio stream below and any djs not already serviced with a full quality mp3 can request it from UrbanElite PR HERE

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