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

Originally rivals in upstate NY’s rap battle scene during the 90’s, they became partners in rhyme, tagging and production. Already on record as crediting the wider hip hop culture and elements as being the catalyst for them to pick up the mic, US online The ReUp Spot sat down with them recently for their perspective on the evolution of hip hop over the past two decades.

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The feature is an insightful historical record, as the pair discuss their own involvement in music, graffiti and breakdancing at a time when by comparison to today, the elements had a more prominent and influential role in the wider culture.

Subjects addressed act as a historical snapshot of the changes which have taken place. The switch from vinyl to Serato, the elevation of hip hop music, fashions and art elevated from the underground to the broader commercial world, and the emergence of the various sub genres which now exist.

Focusing on the new release, they discuss the reasons for collaborating officially for the first time after all these years, their previous solo releases and the impact of signing with Seven 13.

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The article will likely be of extra interest to a younger generation, typically fed a very narrow representation by today’s media. There is more to it than that – go to the source, adapt and progress. “If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go” James Baldwin

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

The first single from the EP released was “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean Price featuring Ruste Juxx and Nobi. Check out the stream

Connect with Tone Chop & Frost Gamble online :

TWITTER @ToneChop @FrostGamble
IG @ToneChop @Frost.Gamble
FACEBOOK JointFacebookPage

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Baltimore rapper M.I., one half of hip hop duo Constant Deviants, spoke with the UK’s Ethan Everton for the US online magazine The REUP Spot recently about his various new ventures.

First up of course was the new album “Omerta” which was released digitally on June 28th and is being distributed on vinyl and CD formats worldwide by Fatbeats now.

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They then move on to the subject of his recent move into the world of film making as an actor, writer and producer. Having already released a co:production with European affiliates SWC last year called “Swiss Banks”, his new movie “Six2Six” co:starring Treach (Naughty by Nature), Syleena Johnson and Chief Rocker Busy Bee was selected by Ralph McDaniels for a special screening at next month’s Hip Hop Film Festival in New York.

Finally, as co:owner of Six2Six Records and the new sub division Six2Six Films, he discusses his vision for the label’s future and further expansion. Read the full feature HERE

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The album is available to buy as a digital download direct from Six2Six Records HERE. As mentioned earlier, Fatbeats are currently distributing the physical formats of vinyl and CD to specialist stores around the world.

Last week they released their third single from the album. “Reign Storms” was written in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore Police and the riots which ensued, and of course its release is all the more poignant due to well documented recent events in Minnesota, Dallas and Louisiana

Look out for the third and final episode of the group’s live freestyle video series “Tre Volte” launching shortly, and meantime connect with them on social media via Facebook (Group & Label) & Twitter (Group & Label)

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Latest interview feature on west coast rappers Horseshoe Gang, this time in US online publication The ReUp Spot.

Here they explain the tie up with the label Seven 13 Music & Entertainment through their previous work with Royce da 5′ 9″, Kid Vishis, KXNG Crooked and early involvement with the phenomenan that became Slaughterhouse.

They discuss their new album “Anti-Trap Music”, the concepts behind it and the recording process involved, and then give further insight into their well documented rap battle last year with Funk Volume and Hopsin’s subsequent break away.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

The group recorded “Half a Meal” in response to Hopsin’s $500,000 open battle challenge announced on Sway in the Morning, and sat down with DJ Vlad to talk more about it in late summer last year.

Last week, they released the third single from the album. “Shoe-icide Squad” is their statement on the #BlackLivesMatter issue and was produced by Tabu (Kendrick Lamar, Aftermath)

Their singles “Shoe-icide Sqaud”, “Crooked I Robot” and “Poverty Slogans” are available to buy from iTunes where the album itself can now be pre-ordered HERE

CD versions of the album including signed copies with further merchandise can be pre-ordered directly from the label HERE, with delivery guaranteed a week before the official release date of April 29th.

Look out for more news and interviews with the group over the weeks ahead, and connect with them on TWITTER and FACEBOOK

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With less than a week until the release of their debut album “Everything 050” on 4th August, and having just stepped off stage at the Lincoln Park Music Festival at the weekend where they absolutely tore it down, Riq da Kid, Tru Trilla and Prince AK – aka 050 Boyz – took time out to chop it up with US online REUP Spot.

They spoke about their performance at the festival, their years in the game and the camaraderie which exists among them. They then to move on to discuss the recording process of the new album and how they feel their sound and approach is in sync with and represents New Jersey, as they further explain the involvement of so many other local featured artists from the Garden State on the album.

READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE

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Taking their name from the local area code, and given their previous involvement with Treach’s Garden State Greats of 2004, current involvement in local youth programmes and determination to shine a light on others from the scene, their committment to their home State is clear. As it is to progressing the sound of hip hop they grew up with and began performing when it was at its prime.

The album is straight bangers from start to finish, thanks in no small part to the production of Clinton Place, the group’s own raucous lyrcism and the quality of contributions from the likes of Treach, Lakim Shabazz, B Wells, Famiil, IB the Druid, DoItAll and Tha Advocate

Check out the audio stream for “DNA” ft Treach, Ib and Famiil, and the mini movie video for the neck breaker “Hot Damn”

Look out for extensive international media coverage continuing in the weeks ahead together with further audio and video releases. You can hit them up on FACEBOOK or on twitter @050_Boyz (@PrinceAK_050 @RiqDaKid_050 @EgoFree2_050)

The group will be guests of DJ Eclipse on WNYU’s Halftime Show on Wednesday 12th August, and again on his Rap Is Outta Control Show on Sirius XM on Sunday 30th August. All media, press and radio show enquiries, including requests to interview 050 Boyz, can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR. Contact details are HERE

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