The latest release from the newly relaunched hip hop label New Dawn Records, the third within the space of a month

The brainchild of producer Kruze, Underground Cartel is an international hip hop collaboration featuring artists from the USA, UK, Europe & Africa, celebrating the traditions of global hip hop culture and unity.

Taken from the “Sapientia EP” out May 17th, “Evolution” has London’s Creamo, Croatian rapper Magellano, Brandon J Atlas from the States and the late great Primo Brown from legendary Italian crew Cor Veleno go head to head over a driving beat fuelled by heavy kicks and Dabke percussion, while the UK’s Rapstation host and MC Mr CRF trades bars with Zimbabwe’s Dumi Right on “Diggin’ Deeper”, a funked up banger laced with turntablism and classic soul.

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The first of four specially commissioned EP’s to mark the re-launch of New Dawn Records after a 15 year hiatus, hip hop crew Belles in Monica release “Y’All in Meltdown – Lazarus EP Volume 1” on April 26th.

It can now be pre-ordered, pre-saved and pre-added on Spotify, Apple, iTunes and Deezer HERE

A combination of their classic singles “Y’All Under Surveillance” and “Meltdown” made available for the first time in digital format including remixes by legendary DMC finalist DJ Krash Slaughta and Phi Life Cypher beatmeister DJ Nappa with further contributions by producers G-Sharp, Gripper and London turntablist DJ Mr Thing.

There are also never before released instrumentals and re-worked “18 Edits” of the originals.  Hear the EP’s audio stream teaser for a flavour

The first single releases April 12th. Radio & clubs are now being serviced.  If you’re a DJ looking for full quality mp3s, contact us with your details

 

The next two EP’s in the series will follow hard on the heels of “Y’All in Meltdown

“Sapientia EP” by Underground Cartel is an international hip hop collaborative project spearheaded by producer Kruze and featuring male & female rappers from the USA, UK, Europe and Africa. Included in the line up are from the States, Swiss Precise (KBH), Black Market and The Yukonn MC, the UK’s Rapstation host Mr. CRF, Beni Blanco from French crew Originaire du Sud, Madrid’s El Meswy, and the late, great, Primo Brown from Italy’s Cor Veleno.

Out May 17th, check out the audio teaser stream

On June 7th, Belles in Monica return with “Natsukashii – Lazarus EP Volume 2” filled with hard hitting uncompromising rhymes and powerful beats, here’s the new audio teaser

Currently working on additions to the label’s roster, keep up to date with all of New Dawn Records news and releases at their various official online platforms

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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

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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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During their recent visit to NYC to promote the new album “Omerta”, M.I. and DJ Cutt of Constant Deviants caught up with Rapstation’s Tim Einenkel in Brooklyn to talk through a number of subjects

They discuss the concept behind the album, and the metaphorical role playing element adopted via the personas of Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. They delve deep into the specific thought process involved and differentiate between a perceived “mafiosa rap” approach to one which juxtaposes circumstances of four people with identical heritages.

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The discussion moves to the duo’s writing and recording process, comparing when they formed in Brooklyn to the current dynamic of operating from Baltimore and New Jersey. Appropriately at this point they talk more about their back catalogue and explain why they still give priority to producing an album as a cohesive body of work.

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DJ Cutt then speaks more on his overall approach to production, how he determines the feel for a record and the various musical genres he sources for samples. Giving his thoughts on the diversion hip hop and rap has taken over the years, he suggests his own style is born of “tunnel vision”

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Meanwhile M.I. explains why very few artists have had any longlasting influence on him, instead outlining his alternative sources of inspiration, and speaks on the broader issue of differing approaches to “the art of rhyme” through each generation.

Ending with their thoughts on the best scene from “Goodfellas”, the interview can be listened to in full via the AUDIO STREAM

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The album is available to buy as a digital download from Six2Six Records BANDCAMP while CD and vinyl formats are being distributed worldwide by Fatbeats from July 15th.

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East coast duo, M.I. and DJ Cutt – aka Constant Deviants – released their new album “Omerta” today.

It’s the pair’s fifth album since their debut “Concrete Utopia” and follows just a year after the critically acclaimed “Avant Garde”.

A new review of the album by Wayne Allen, writing for US online Swurv Radio, has just been published and can be read HERE

Released on the group’s own Six2Six Records, it is being distributed in vinyl format worldwide, so check with your local specialist record store for availability. It is also available to buy as a digital download from Six2Six Records’ Bandcamp

The group are currently in NYC meeting with press and appearing as guests on radio stations every night this week including Guerilla Grooves Radio, Beatminerz, Flip The Script Radio, YAC Radio, East NY Radio, Bodega Cold Kutz and Classic Storm Radio. You will also hear them on RapStation in the next couple of weeks and look out for filmed footage of their appearance on Sunday’s Rap Is Outta Control Show with DJ Eclipse hitting the internet shortly.

Keep up to date with them on twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts & @Six2SixShift and over on their Facebook Page

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Constant Deviants release their new album “Omerta” on Tuesday June 28th through their own Six2Six Records imprint. It will be available worldwide on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

On Sunday June 26th, they begin a busy week in NYC meeting with press and appearing as guests on a variety of radio stations when they drop in on DJ Eclipse for his Rap Is Outta Control show. It broadcasts from 10pm EST on Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation Channel 44. Listen online HERE

They’ll also be meeting up again with The Beeshine in the studio, so look out for some new visuals soon.

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Tomorrow, Saturday June 25th, you can catch them performing live at the Loudpalooza event being held in Castaways, Boston Street, Baltimore. Doors open from 5pm EST, and more information including ticket availability can be read HERE

During the week you’ll be able to hear them live on Atlanta’s Raw Radio, New Jersey’s Flip The Script Radio, and among the NYC stations are Guerilla Grooves Radio, Beatminerz Radio, YAC Radio, East NY Radio, Bodega Cold Kutz and Classic Storm Radio. Check back here daily from Monday to find out where you can hear them live on air next.

Their latest single “DeLorean” has been getting serious airplay this week, consistent with their previous releases “So Underrated” and “Cutt for President”. The group will also launch the third in their “Tre Volte” freestyle video series during July.

Keep up to date with Constant Deviants on social media, twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts & @Six2SixShift, and over on their Facebook Page

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East coast duo Constant Deviants release their new album “Omerta” on June 28th through Six2Six Records, available worldwide on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Next Saturday June 25th, M.I. and DJ Cutt will be performing at the Loudpalooza event being held in Baltimore’s Castaways, before heading north for a weeklong series of radio show guest appearances in Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn.

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Beginning with DJ Eclipse’s Rap Is Outta Control Show on Sunday June 26th, they will be promoting the album and M.I.’s new film “Six2Six”. Selected by Ralph McDaniels for screening at the Hip Hop Film Festival in August, it co:stars Treach (Naughty by Nature), Syleena Johnson and Chief Rocker Busy Bee.

“DeLorean” is the second official single taken from the new album, and has been launched today. Check the audio stream :

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Meanwhile, US freelance journalist & author Samuel Odunsi Jr reviewed the album for his own online platform called, appropriately enough, “Sam The Author”. He has previously provided reviews for titles such as Dead End Hip Hop and true to form gives it an in depth appraisal which endorses the quality of the release, quite possibly the group’s finest to date

CHECK THE FULL REVIEW HERE

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So if you’re in Baltimore this Saturday, definitely recommended to catch Constant Deviants at Castaways, and look out for them hitting the NYC airwaves all of next week. Keep up to date with them on twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts & @Six2SixShift and over on their Facebook Page

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