Released on Friday June 7th, the “Natsukashii EP” by veteran hip hop crew Belles in Monica was the third in a series of specially commissioned recordings to mark this year’s relaunch of label New Dawn Records.

The follow up to April’s “Y’All In Meltdown EP”, the new EP includes re-worked and re-produced originals only previously available on vinyl, together with never before available instrumentals and exclusive new recordings, their first in 15 years.

There have already been a couple of reviews published of the new release, one by UK magazine “The Wee Review” and the other by US online “TripleOT” – click the links to read their appraisals.

News items covering the group’s single and EP releases over the past couple of months have also appeared in a number of other online published from both sides of the Atlantic

The fourth and final EP in this special series will be released a little later in the year and consist of a number of remixes legendary turntablist DJ Krash Slaughta produced with the group

The label meanwhile are expected to announce some new roster additions over the summer. Get the news first at their official website www.newdawnrecs.com and via their new official social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Both Belles in Monica EPs are available to download and stream from all major platforms and stores, as is the “Sapientia EP” by Underground Cartel, an international hip hop project spearheaded by producer Kruze featuring rappers from the USA, UK, Europe and Africa

These include Meswy from Madrid, now based in NYC, the late great Primo Brown from legendary Italian crew Cor Veleno, Zimbabwean Dumi Right, UK Rapstation host & MC Mr CRF, Beni Blanco from French group Originaire du Sud, Swiss Precise from Long Beach’s KBH crew, Boston’s Yukonn MC, Virginia’s Black Market and many more.

All are for the hip hop connoisseur : dope rhymes, bangin beats & superior turntablism. Check them out on Spotify

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The new “Rapture & Verse” hip hop column written by Matt Oliver for ‘Monolith Cocktail’ has just been published.

It’s a monthly bite size round up of all hip hop news items, events, and releases to look out for whether singles, EP’s or albums.

Among the many artists covered in the latest edition are Datkid, Onoe Capone, Ill Bill & Stu Bangas, Guilty Simpson, Madlib, Nottz, Black Milk, Westside Gunn, Conway, Apollo Brown, Quelle Chris.

There is also news of the new Belles in Monica EP “Natsukashii” which releases through New Dawn records on June 7th

READ THE COLUMN IN FULL HERE

Watch the trailer video for the “Natsukashii EP” on Youtube

The first single from the EP, “Smoke Filled Rooms” releases on May 24th

Having just re-launched after a 15 year hiatus, New Dawn Records released the Belles in Monica EP “Y’All in Meltdown” on April 26th and the new Underground Cartel single “Evolution” b/w “Diggin Deeper” on Friday, taken from the “Sapientia EP” out on May 17th

Underground Cartel are an international hip hop collaborative project involving artists from all over the USA, UK, Europe and Africa including Madrid’s El Meswy, Beni Blanco from French crew ‘Originaire du Sud’, Long Beach’s Swiss Precise, Virginia’s Black Market, the UK’s Rapstation host Mr CRF, Zimbabwe’s Dumi Right, the late, great Primo from legendary Italian crew Cor Veleno and many more.

All the releases to date can be heard at New Dawn Records’ Spotify Page

Currently adding to their roster, you can keep up to date with all the label’s news at their official website www.newdawnrecs.com and via their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts

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North west London rapper Da Flyy Hooligan released his new album “S.C.U.M.” on Froday October 27th through Miami label 22 Entertainment.

Produced entirely by one of the UK’s hottest emerging names Agor, current US luminaries Westside Gunn and Hus Kingpin also make a guest appearance.

Kenya’s Afro-Way Magazine has just published a feature on the album which you can read HERE

DFH has long been regarded as one of England’s most creative and gifted lyricists who also spent time based in NYC as part of J-Ronin’s “All Elements” click and has worked with artists such as DV Alias Khryst, Prince Po, Dead Prez and the late Sean Price with whom he’d developed a close bond.

The album includes a tribute to the man in amongst a tracklist representing charismatic portrayals of an irrepressible underclass. Stylish and compelling, a series of bold, satirical and uncomprimising rhymes intelligently depict contemporary aspirations, and reaffirms his international reputation as a serious force in rap’s new wave.

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“S.C.U.M.” is also available from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify

Look out for new reviews of “S.C.U.M.” in the weeks ahead and also a new video for the track “Aligator Skin” releasing next week.

Meantime, connect with Da Flyy Hooligan on social media via Twitter, IG & Facebook

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North west London rapper Da Flyy Hooligan released his new album “S.C.U.M.” yesterday, October 27th.

In an extremely rare step for a British hip hop artist, he signed with a US label for the release, Miami’s 22 Entertainment. Produced entirely by Agor, featured artists are current US luminaries Westside Gunn and Hus Kingpin, and availability is on multiple formats from stores worldwide including Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

Two early reviews have just been published, both from the States. One is by Youtube channel “The Report Card Podcast” and the other by “Balcony Life Blog”. Check out what they had to say :

Watch the video of The Report Card Podcast review

Read Balcony Life Blog’s review HERE

Listen to the full album stream on Bandcamp where it’s available to buy on CD and digital formats

Look out for more reviews of the album in the coming weeks and a new official video due to launch on November 6th. Meanwhile, connect with DFH on social media via Twitter, IG and Facebook

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NY State rapper Tone Chop & producer Frost Gamble will be live in the Sirius XM Radio studio this Monday, October 16th, as guests of DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control Show”.

Once rap battle rivals growing up in Binghamton during hip hop’s Golden Era, the pair developed the kind of bonds that stay strong through the years. Immersed in the culture, the original graff artist and b-boy have seen their stars rise in the past year, first through their “Veteran” EP released in November 2016 and more recently with their album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” which includes guest featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, rap battler DNA, Canadian upcomer White Rhino and Tragedy Khadafi.

Since inking his deal with Miami label 22 Entertainment, Frost has emerged as one of the fastest emerging producers in the game. His new collaborative EP “Rare Fabric” with Tragedy Khadafi drops October 20th and his solo album ” I Missed My Bus” featuring luminaries such as Conway, Rah Digga, Crooked I, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, Ras Kass, Guilty Simpson and many more will release in 2018. Meanwhile he has also been working on new music with Royce da 5’9″.

Expect to hear more about this and Chop delivering savage bars with trademark uncomprimising views on the current state of hip hop by tuning into the show HERE

The duo have received global media coverage for the new album via interviews, features, radio airplay and reviews in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Africa and Australia. The latest review published is by French online “Les Chroniques de Sagittarius”

READ IT HERE

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In the lead up to the release of his new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” last week with long time sparring partner Tone Chop, NY state hip hop producer Frost Gamble, currently resident in Winnipeg Canada, sat down with Chicago online magazine “Flows for Days”.

In the article published yesterday, the crate digger speaks about the switch from vinyl in the beatmaking process and the progression from last year’s “Veteran” EP with Chop to the new album.

He discusses how he first started out in production, the earliest influences, his work on an award winning gospel album and also a project with the legendary Rakim’s son Tahmell, and the impact signing with Miami’s 22 Entertainment has had on his career – a label whose back catalogue includes Royce da 5’9″, Fashawn, J-Kwon, Bumpy Knuckles, KXNG Crooked, Joe Budden and many more.

Frost will also release a new EP “Rare Fabric” on October 20th, a collaboration with Tragedsy Khadafi and a new solo LP “I Missed My Bus” featuring KXNG Crooked, Ruste Juxx, Skyzoo, Rah Digga, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass and many more is due out in early 2018.

The feature ends with Frost outlining which of today’s artists he rocks with the most, and also explains the source of his artist name. READ IT IN FULL HERE

Featuring Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, White Rhino, DNA, Tragedy Khadafi, DJ Waxamillion & Bigga Haitian, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” released last Friday, September 29th. Available on CD, digital mp3 and streaming formats from online stores worldwide.

The latest review comes courtesy of US online magazine Slickster Magazine. Written by Dom Wright who article is interspersed with GIFs to emphasise the point, he summarises “All in all, this album was a true work of art…can’t wait to hear what’s next from these guys as well as their next move

READ HIS APPRAISAL IN FULL HERE

Listen to the album stream on Soundcloud – whether your preference is Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp or Spotify, the relevant purchase links are all contained within the stream’s notes

The duo release a new animated video for the album track “Bing Stories” next week and then visit NYC on 16th & 17th October to meet with press and media, including a guest appearance on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” show on Sirius XM [Hip Hop Nation].

Connect with them on social media, via twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and over on their joing FB Page

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Just in, the latest international press coverage of the new hip hop album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” by NY State rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble, the latter now relocated to Winnipeg, Canada.

Released on Friday September 29th through 22 Entertainment and available on various formats from mutiple stores worldwide including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp & Spotify

Guest artists include Kool G Rap, rap battling phenomenon DNA, Planet Asia, Canadian upcomer White Rhino, and Tragedy Khadafi with whom Frost releases the new “Rare Fabric” Ep on October 20th. The album has just been featured in French online magazines ‘In The Mood” & ‘Abcdr du Son”, and reviewed by US online ‘Patrick’s Music Blog’ who afforded the release an 8 / 10 rating.

Read the Abcdr du Son feature HERE

Read Patrick Music Blog’s review HERE

Read In The Mood’s feature HERE

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The pair will be in NYC October 16th & 17th meeting press including a guest appearance on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” show, Sirius XM Hip Hop Nation. Next week they release an animation video for the album track “Bing Stories” – it’s dope, wait til you see this !

Frost will also release his EP “Rare Fabric”, a collaboration with Tragedy Khadafi on October 20th, and a new solo album “I Missed My Bus” early 2018 which includes featured guest artists KXNG Crooked, Skyzoo, Rah Digga, Guilty simpson, Ruste Juxx, Ras Kass and many more.

Look out for more interviews and album reviews shortly, and meantime connect with the very sociable pair on Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and via their joint Facebook Page

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Released on Friday September 29th through 22 Entertainment, the new hip hop album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” by NY State rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble includes guest featured artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Bigga Haitian, rap battler DNA, Canadian upcomer White Rhino, DJ Waxamillion and Tragedy Khadafi.

Available on CD, digital mp3 and streaming formats from a wide range of international stores including Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

TRACKLIST

1 – The Return Intro
2 – Walk the Walk ft Kool G Rap
3 – Bing Stories
4 – Passion
5 – In The Streets ft DNA
6 – Get Beat Down
7 – It’s Hip Hop
8 – Guillotine Chop ft White Rhino & Planet Asia
9 – Slow Flow Remarkable ft DJ Waxamillion
10 – World Struggle ft Bigga Haitian
11 – Inspiration
12 – Beat Knocking
13 – Here I Go ft Tragedy Khadafi
14 – See You Again

It has just been given an 8 outta 10 rating by Uncle Hotep in his new video review uploaded to Youtube

Speaking of videos, Chop, who made his name in Binghamton’s rap battle circuit, just dropped this new video for bonus cut “Frighten You” shot in his home town by Big Drew Grafix

Chop & Frost will drop an animated video for their track “Bing Stories” on October 10th before heading to NYC October 16th & 17th promoting the album, meeting with press and appearing as guests on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control Show on Sirius XM Hip Hop Nation.

They’re on Twitter @ToneChop & FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble & have a joint FB Page

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For the benefit of anyone who temporarily left the planet in the last 24 hours, NY State rapper & producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble released their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” yesterday through Miami label 22 Entertainment.

Whether your preferred format is physical CD, digital mp3 or streaming, it’s all covered from a wide range of stores including Amazon, iTunes & Spotify

Given the pair started out in the late 90’s, it’s unsurprising that their style draws from the core principles of that era while not being stuck in it – a focus on meaningful rhymes and flow skills, battle bars mixed with the art of storytelling. The polished production fuses classic and contemporary sounds with a sprinkling of turntablism which in itself is an almost forgotten artform.

It’s inaccurate to apply labels such as old or new school to the genre generally as that depends on context and perspective. For Millenials who have been largely force fed a diet of bland, superficial, commercialised mediocrity passing itself off as culturally progressive – backed by a mainstream media who’ll literally say & write everything and anything to stay ‘on message’ and retain a writing gig – then Chop & Frost’s style IS new school to that generation.

The same generation were the catalyst in the resurgence of 90’s culture in recent years as college kids picked up on the classics for the first time in specialist clubs, where of course it all began in the first place.

To progress and evolve for the better rather than just for the sake of change, history has to be understood – evolution with core guiding principles brings longevity, without them a slow death follows. As such, “Respect Is Earned Not Given” plays an essential educational role for today, acknowledged by the three most recent reviews :

READ THE REVIEW BY “TRIPLE OT” HERE

READ THE REVIEW BY “RHYME JUNKIE” HERE

READ THE REVIEW BY “DOPE CAUSE WE SAID” HERE

INCLUDING GUEST FEATURED ARTISTS KOOL G RAP, PLANET ASIA, BIGGA HAITIAN, DNA, WHITE RHINO, DJ WAXAMILLION & TRAGEDY KHADAFI, LISTEN TO THE ALBUM STREAM ON BANDCAMP

Chop & Tone will be in NYC mid October promoting the album and meeting with press, including a guest appearance on DJ Eclipse’s “Rap Is Outta Control” Sirius XM show October 16th

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Eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop & Frost Gamble have released their new album “Respect Is Earned Not Given” through Miami label 22 Entertainment whose back catalogue includes Royce da 5’9″, DJ Premier, Fashawn, KXNG Crooked, Joe Budden and Bumpy Knuckles.

The follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Veteran” EP is again rammed full of rugged rhymes, battle bars and true life stories from Binghamton’s lyrical marksman aided and abetted by guest artists Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Canadian upcomer White Rhino, Tragedy Khadafi and rap battling phenomenon DNA.

Award winning producer Frost laces the album with high calibre beats fusing classic and contemporary sounds with a healthy dose of turntablism resulting in straight heat for the hip hop connoisseur. Look out for their guest appearance on DJ Eclipse’s Sirius XM Rap Is Outta Control Show, Monday October 16th.

Available on CD and digital formats now.

Listen to the album stream on Bandcamp

The album is also available on iTunes and Spotify

Two new reviews of the album have just been published.

First up is US online magazine The Pop Break affording the release a ringing endorsement with an 8/10 rating. Read what they had to say HERE

Secondly, from the other side of the world, Kenya’s Afro Way Magazine gives a similar assessment in acknowledgement of the quality of lyricism, rhymes, wordplay and production on display. Read their article in full HERE

Look out for much more international press & media coverage coming in the days and weeks ahead, and meanwhile keep up to date with the pair on social media via Twitter @ToneChop & @FrostGamble, IG @ToneChop & @Frost.Gamble and on their joint Facebook Page

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