Released today, upstate New York rapper Anthony Kannon and producer Frost Gamble return to the ring for another round of gritty beats and bars in “Second Floor”, the third single taken from their album “Cautionary Tales” out on October 20th through New Dawn Records.
The gloves are off in a salvo of punchlines, delivered with laser-like precision while dancing around the hustlers and title contenders. Blows traded and targets on the ropes, Frost’s powerful soundtrack is the last thing they hear before the bell. The street’s talking but only one comes out walking…..should’ve come prepared.
News of album launch events scheduled to take place in Canada and New York will be announced shortly.
Hip Hop label New Dawn Records have today announced the signing of Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC and Edinburgh based producer Brelstaff for the release of their new album “Urban Testimony” on November 3rd 2023.
Justo has been a regular fixture in the eastcoast underground scene for many years, first emerging in 2010 while working with his cousin and producer DJ Vic Black of Gangstarr Foundation. The video for their joint “It’s Our Year” released in 2011 featured DJ Premier, and the pair would hook up again in 2017 on Justo’s album “Black Ops” produced entirely by DITC’s Showbiz, executively produced and curated by Vic assisted by DJ Premier.
Since then there has been prolific output through worldwide collaborations including Canadian production team The Lost Info, Brooklyn’s Maticulous, Italy’s Bboy Enea, Nova Scotian DK, the UK’s Remulak and for the first time in 2021 with Brelstaff on their joint “Swagu”.
In 2014 while performing under his born name Daryl Donald, Brel released his debut EP “Kept” and the collaborative album “The Clockwork” with south London emcee Cutta Chase. The release of his instrumental album “Solitude” in 2017 followed in 2019 by “Behold the Spirit” and “Full Circle” built up his reputation as one of the most respected new emerging underground lo fi hip hop producers from these shores, attracting a total of 450,000 listeners and a million streams on Spotify.
Subsequently having adopted the new pseudonym, he released the self titled “Brelstaff” in 2020, and returned to the public arena in February 2023 with the new joint “Cursive” featuring the legendary Fashawn, followed in April by the release of the instrumental version of “Urban Testimony” through New Dawn, securing play on the BBC Radio 1 & Radio 6 show “Focus Beats” in the process.
The new album documents what Justo describes as the “arrival at a crossroads from a life defining year”. A deeply personal narrative which provides a fascinating insight depicting events leading up to and during his curtailed stay at Clark Atlanta University, and he has again turned to Brelstaff to accompany him on his journey. Beautifully crafted, fuelled by skilful lyricism addressing the core messages of mental health, hedonism, loss of faith, redemption and renewed focus all set to the perfect musical score. The perfect partnership.
A series of singles will precede the album release beginning on August 1st with “High”. All will be available to download and stream from major digital platforms including Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon. Videos for all tracks will appear on the label’s official Youtube channel @newdawnrecords where you can now watch the album video trailer.
All international written media and DJ enquiries regarding the album can be addressed to ourselves, the label’s in house promotional division. Our contact details are HERE while the full album press release can be read HERE
Word’s spreading in update New York. On the back of his recent feature in The Ithaca Voice, local tv station WENY sat down with rapper Anthony Kannon to discuss his musical background, his reinvigorated focus on hip hop having been the victim of a shooting during a family home break in, working with producer Frost Gamble on the new album “Cautionary Tales” and signing with label New Dawn Records for the release.
Out on October 20th, there is a video trailer of the new album available on Youtube with the first single “Pitfalls” releasing on June 6th.
Further information about the release is available at the label’s official website www.newdawnrecs.com
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Out today on New Dawn Records, the specially commissioned remix by label affiliate Qadir, “Bismillah” originally appeared on the 2021 album ‘Lead by Example’ by London’s Ramson Badbonez, his debut as a producer.
This re-work is a rare concoction of cool groove funk & soulful beats fused together with a blend of deep bass, guitar licks, brass stabs and Arabian strings. The compelling soundtrack fuels rhymes flowing coast to coast like buttah on toast, the jewels delivered by Brooklyn’s seasoned campaigner Justo the MC, San Diego’s Johaz from Dag Savage and prolific Nebraskan Sleep Sinatra.
A prime cut laced with slick lyricism and beats, levels cranking the heat dial up to maximum.
Available to stream & download on all digital stores & platforms including APPLE, AMAZON, TIDAL
New AA side single released today through New Dawn Records, the third to be taken from London producer Ramson Badbonez’ new album “Lead by Example” out on August 27th.
“Black Hole Cypher” is an outstanding posse cut featuring a “Who’s Who” of the UK scene. Relentless business from King Kashmere, Truemendous, MysDiggi, Micall Parknsun, Joker Starr, Gee Bag, Confucius, Jehst, Phoenix da Icefire and Ramson himself all piling in with fierce bars over a high octane beat.
Switching gears, “Rap to the Future” resonates to a classic west coast beat as Dizzy Dustin (Ugly Duckling / Blown Celeb), Cali’s Mr Hooper and Canada’s Moka Only evoke the sights and sounds of hip hop back in the day, with exquisite cuts provided by last year’s IDA scratch champion Kompoze.
New heat released today by London producer Ramson Badbonez.
“Lead by Example” is the title track from his new album out on August 27th through New Dawn Records, and the second single taken from it following last month’s “Stay True” ft Reks, Ruste Juxx and Blacastan”.
His debut behind the boards, the beatmaker has assembled a stellar line up of hip hop heavyweights from the US, UK and Canada as the guest featured artists, the latest joint laying down another early marker of the levels.
Driven by a soundtrack fuelled with soulful horns and smoky breaks, Ghana’s finest Recognize Ali jumps in the ring like his namesake to “fly like a butterfly and spit some heavy punches” with Brooklyn’s acclaimed lyrical marksmen Skyzoo and Juxx Diamondz, all taking it in turns to deliver a salvo of relentless rhymes that drop a bag full of jewels on the unsuspecting. The beat gets bodied as masters of their craft dispatch verses with precision engineering while the UK’s turntablist DJ Jazz T provides the scratch sorcery. A premium cut for the connoisseur.
Available to stream & download now from APPLE, TIDAL, AMAZON, SPOTIFY & BANDCAMP
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Originally broadcast live on July 15th, Brick City rapper Tru Trilla sat down with host Sim of Washington DC’s popular Youtube Channel “The Front Stoop”.
In line with the channel’s focus on addressing broader current issues affecting society and hip hop directly, the pair first discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both in a personal and professional context, and the veracity of information being provided to the public at large.
While playing tracks from the album, the subject of conscious lyricism and the role it plays within the wider forms of contemporary hip hop was considered and compared before the interview moved onto Tru’s history in the New Jersey scene.
He explains the origins of his group 050 Boyz of which he is a member with Prince Ak and Riq, the source of its name, and how this led to building with Shade 45’s DJ Eclipse and DJ Premier before touching upon his early affiliations with Naughty by Nature and Lords of the Underground.
Of course at the heart of the interview is his new album “God of Barz” where he breaks down the concepts, subject matters and construction, and speaks on his history and future working with the album’s producers from the States, UK and Europe.
Watch the interview in full on Youtube
With production by Chicago’s DNA Beatz, the UK’s Chat One, Barcelona’s Sumerio Square and Clinton Place (aka Jamal Nueve NJ/LA), the album also features Prince Ak, Confucious, Fly Kwa and Middy Murdock.
Available to stream and download on every major digital platform and store including APPLE, TIDAL and Spotify.
Rapper and producer Az Izz released his new album “Dopeliss” through New Dawn Records earlier his month, marking a return to the hip hop fold after several years having spent time working on tv, film and sports productions.
Formerly of the legendary New Jersey group The Outsidaz, an extensive click which included Pace Won, Rah Digga, D.U. and Young Zee among their numbers, they were also noted at the time for a number of collaborative projects involving Wu Tang, The Fugees and a new emerging force from Detroit by the name of D12.
Known for a quirky and humorous approach to his rhyme schemes, the album musically also represents the evolution of the genre from the boom bap of “Ghetto” to electro bangers such as “Nunya” and “Gunz n Dice Games”.
The latest review just published is by Steve “Flash” Juon, overall editor of RapReviews.com Read the article in full HERE
First single released from the album was “Gettin It'” featuring fellow New Jersey native Drift with an accompanying video
“Dopeliss” is available to stream and download from all major digital platforms and stores, distributed by Ingrooves / Universal, including APPLE, TIDAL and SPOTIFY
Brick City rapper and producer Az Izz, formerly of the legendary New Jersey group The Outsidaz who at one time counted Pace Won, Young Zee, D.U. and Rah Digga among their numbers, released his solo album “Dopeliss” through New Dawn Records on July 3rd 2020.
Having spent several years in tv, film and sports productions together with artist development ventures, the album is his first major release in some time marking the return to the hip hop fold.
Largely self produced with additional contributions by Qua Z Mo, DJ Profluent and DJ 3rd Rell, a number of his fellow former group members appear as guest featured artists with a further contingent of Newark natives in the form of Drift, Nam, Jaja Kenyatta and Rube the Difference.
Online publication So Flo Sound have just published an in depth review of the album which reflects the key essence of the themes and sounds reflected throughout the ten tracks. Read the article in full HERE
From the album is the official video “Gettin’ It” featuring Drift
“Dopeliss” is available to stream and download from all major digital platforms and stores worldwide including APPLE,TIDAL, AMAZON and Spotify
With some new upcoming independent projects in the pipeline this year, keep up to date with Az on social media via twitter @TheRealAzizz and Instagram @RealAzizz
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London rapper Phoenix da Icefire and producer Husky Brown released their debut collaborative album “Panacea” through New Dawn Records on May 5th.
It has just been announced that the pair have been shortlisted as nominees in the “Best Independent Album” category at this year’s AIM Awards, an annual event hosted by The Association of Independent Music who represent UK artists, labels and affiliated businesses worldwide.
Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony will take place entirely online broadcasting on Wednesday August 12th. The full list of categories and a highly impressive line up of nominees is available HERE
The inclusion of “Panacea” is in recognition of the extraordinary musical and lyrical construction of the album. Husky’s unique blend of hip hop, rap, soul, dub, electro, r&b and bass provides the backdrop for Phoenix’s renowned wordplay and lyricism.
Given it was written in 2019, the subject matter is almost precognisant in nature, addressing global issues of well being, mental health, racism, climate change, the environment, knife crime, spirituality and aspiration, but refreshingly all delivered with the underlying theme of hope and determined optimism for a better future.
The category “Best Independent Album” is in association with Spotify where you can hear the album in full.