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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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

OFFICIAL EP STREAM

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.

Connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble online

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

All media, press and DJ inquiries regarding Tone Chop & Frost Gamble can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact information is HERE

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US online ‘Da-What’ runs a series called Da Five Finger Discount where artists discuss five tracks they’ve released which have significant meaning to them and the reasons for their importance.

In the main they will relate to tracks from a new EP or album, but can include others from their careers which they felt were of particular note.

The latest in the series just published features NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble. The duo have known each other since the 90’s when originally rap battle rivals turned partners in rhyme and tagging in upstate NY.

However due to Frost’s subsequent re-location they pursued solo careers until re-uniting this year for their first official collaborative release, the EP “Veteran” out this Friday, November 18th, a taster for an album due out in 2017.

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In the feature, the pair include two singles from the EP. “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean Price, features Ruste Juxx and Nobi while “Step Up” coincided with the launch of their first official music video last week.

Frost also highlights a previous project with Rakim’s son Tahmell, whiile in his dual role as a producer, Chop discusses his collaboration with Tom Gist.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Releasing through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment, the EP will be available to buy from iTunes HERE

Connect with them on social media

TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble @Seven13Music
INSTAGRAM @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble
FACEBOOK JOINT PAGE

“Leave It Alone” has enjoyed extensive international radio airplay since its release in September. Check out the stream

All media, press and radio station DJ inquiries regarding the Veteran EP release and the artists themselves can be directed to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact details are HERE

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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

All press, media and radio station inquiries regarding Tone Chop & Frost Gamble can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact information is HERE

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NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg producer Frost Gamble release their new EP “Veteran” on November 18th through Seven 13 Music & Ent. Available to pre-order now on iTunes

Though originally rap battle rivals during the 90’s who would go on to work together on occasional projects, this is the pair’s debut official collaborative release, a warm to to an album due in 2017.

They follow the release of the first single “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean P featuring Ruste Juxx, and the bonus cut “Being A Boss” with this new video for the freestyle “Relentless” directed by Big Drew Grafix

You can also download the mp3 direct & free from the audio stream on Soundcloud

Connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble online :

TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble and the label @Seven13Music
INSTAGRAM @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/tonechopfrostgamble

All international press and media inquiries regarding the release, including requests to interview the artists or DJ requests for mp3s (full quality dirty & clean) of their tracks, can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact information is HERE

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Binghamton NY rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Tone Chop release their debut collaboration EP “Veteran” on November 18th through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment.

French online magazine “In The Mood” has just published a news feature on the release which can be read HERE

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Available to pre-order on ITUNES, the 7 tracks are the product of two artists who began as rap battle rivals in upstate NY before becoming partners in rhyme and tagging. Frost’s subsequent move to Canada saw the pair pursue solo careers, Chop releasing a whole series of mixtapes including collaborations with Tom Gist, St Laz and Jinx Da Juvy.

Now fully focused on beatmaking, Frost’s earlier productions saw him work with Sadat-X, Rakim’s son Tahmell and J-Ro. Earlier this year he contributed to Seven 13’s “God Bless Dope Rappers” compilation which also featured Royce da 5’9″, Horseshoe Gang, Kid Vishis and Crooked I.

The first single from the EP “Leave It Alone” featuring Ruste Juxx & Nobi is their tribute to the late Sean Price, while the recent bonus cut “Being A Boss” splices up the Jadakiss & Nate Dogg joint “Time’s Up” for the hook. Check them out

Look out for more international media coverage on the EP release and a new video releasing next week. Meantime keep up to date with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble on social media :

Twitter (@ToneChop & @FrostGamble)
Instagram (@ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble)
Joint Facebook Page

All media and press inquiries regarding the “Veteran” EP including requests for promotional copies to review, requests to interview the artists or DJ requests for mp3s can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Our contact information is HERE

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NY State rapper Tone Chop and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble have their first official collaboration releasing on November 18th. The 7 track “Veteran” Ep is available to pre-order on iTunes through Seven 13 Music & Entertainment

The pair have been connected since the 90’s when originally as rap battle rivals they came together as partners in rhyme and tagging in Binghamton before Frost’s re-location. Chop’s released numerous mixtapes over the past decade which included collabroations with Jinx da Juvy, Tom Gist and St Laz, while Frost, now fully focused on production has worked with Sadat-X, Rakim’s son Tahmell, J-Ro, ZotheJerk and the award winning Fresh I.E.

The EP has that distinct feel of the Golden Era while retaining a sense of the modern age, a fact picked up by Andrew Kay in his review which has afforded the release a 5 Star rating in Blacksheep Magazine.

READ THE REVIEW IN FULL HERE

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Look out for new audio and video releases by the duo shortly, beginning with a new bonus cut being launched this week. Their first single taken from the EP was “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to the late Sean Price and featuring Ruste Juxx and Nobi.

Keep up to date with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble on their joint Facebook Page and on twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble

All press, media and radio station DJ inquiries regarding Tone Chop & Frost Gamble including requests for a promotional copy of the Veteran EP to review, or requests to interview the pair can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. All our contact details are HERE

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