SXSW2015

It’s that time of year again when the world’s press & media descend upon Austin Texas for the annual SXSW Festival

The music festival runs from Tuesday 17th March – Sunday 22nd March, and for the third consecutive year, newly re-crowned “Cincinnati Hip Hop Artist of the Year” Buggs tha Rocka will be performing. Having released his new album “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet” in December 2014 which received widespread international press coverage, he penned a new two album deal in January this year with Talib Kweli’s Javotti Organization as part of a new recording duo “Space Invadaz” which sees Buggs team up with Donte from the group MOOD.

Buggs will be performing at the Special Delivery event on Wednesday 18th March at The Roosevelt Room, 307 W 5th Street Austin, and is scheduled to appear on stage around 8.45pm. The event is headlined by Freddie Gibbs and hosted by B Dot of Rap Radar.

Whether performing on multiple occasions at SXSW and A3C in Atlanta, or at clubs around the country, Buggs’ shows are always full of energy as you can see from this clip of him performing with Talib Kweli in 2013

Any members of the press & media who are attending SXSW and would like to meet with Buggs tha Rocka and his team and take in his live set, email UrbanElite PR via our CONTACT SECTION with your details and we’ll make the necessary arrangements

You can keep up to date with Buggs on twitter @BuggsThaRocka

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Having released his debut solo album “Reality Provoking Liberation” on 28th October, west London rapper & producer Apex Zero has been busy in rehearsals with his live band preparing for his album launch party on Saturday 7th December upstairs at The Vibe Bar in London’s Brick Lane.

The event runs from 8pm – 1am and he will also be joined by Caxton Press, Iron Braydz, Itch FM’s DJ A.Gee and host Peaches. At £5.00 on the door, it’s going to be real value for money to see some of the city’s top hip hop talent on display and should be a great “blow out” in the lead up to the Xmas holiday period. You can see more about the venue and the night at www.vibe-bar.co.uk

There has been a fantastic media response to the release over the past few months, culminating in a 4 star review in the current issue of MOJO Magazine, and the young emcee has also been conducting further interviews since the release of the album. One of them was with British online Rawroots, a platform which has run for many years now with a specific interest in UK and international hip hop & rap music.

He took time out to speak with the site’s Boulent about his album, the inspirations behind it and plans for the future as part of the duo First and Last. Read the full interview HERE

He also released a brand new video for the single Absolute Zero last week

Look out for further media coverage hitting the internet shortly, and meantime the album can be bought in digital and CD format direct from http://firstandlast.bandcamp.com

Any further press or media enquiries about the album or event can be addressed to UrbanElite PR HERE

You can follow Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 and the website @Rawroots

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London’s hip hop Emcee and producer Apex Zero releases his debut solo album “Reality Provoking Liberation” on 28th October 2013.

One half of the city’s First and Last rap duo, live performances are his specialty from his days appearing at events such as End of the Weak, Speaker’s Corner and also as part of the group The Pantheonz of Zenn-la, renowned for their energetic stage shows.

To celebrate the release of the album, he has teamed up with local live promoter Hoochinoo to stage his launch party on Saturday 2nd November upstairs at The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.

Joining him will be dj for the night A. Gee from Itch FM, host Peaches and there will also be performances by Caxton Press and newest Triple Darkness member Iron Braydz.

The night will run from 8pm – 1am, entry is £5.00 at the door and this is an 18 and over event, so be prepared to bring I.D. if you feel it may be necessary. Nearest tube station is Aldgate East, and you can call the venue on 0207 247 3479 or check their website www.vibe-bar.co.uk for further information

There is also a special event page set up on Facebook which you can check HERE

There has been an impressive response from the British media to the album, so expect to see a wide range of press coverage in the weeks ahead.

Meantime, check out some of his singles and videos

A Meeting of the Continents ft Hasan Salaam & Iron Braydz

Chaotic Revolt

All general inquiries regarding the event should be addressed to The Vibe Bar and Hoochinoo. Specific media inquiries about the event or the album can be addressed to UrbanElite PR HERE

You can connect with Apex on twitter @ApexZero00 and check out the official website at www.firstandlastpride.co.uk

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Elementz is a new event taking place in London which celebrates the traditional 4 elements of hip hop

The classic disciplines, deejaying, emceeing, bboy breaks & throwdowns and graffiti

Planned as a quarterly night, it aims to showcase some of the biggest established names in the scene together with giving new emerging talent the opportunity to shine, all knowledge under one roof. The main focus is on UK talent initially, but wont be confined to that in what is a global culture which has produced so many positive benefits for those involved.

The launch night takes place at The Rhythm Factory, 16 – 18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW. Its in the Shoreditch area of town, nearest Tube station being Aldgate East.

The night will use both the venue’s rooms.

From 8pm – 3am, the line up is as follows:

ROOM 1

DJ Sets from DJ Sarah Love (resident), DJ 279 (Choice FM), DJ Mr Thing (Scratch Pervert / DMC Champion), DJ Snips (Livin Proof)

Live performances by Caxton Press (who will also be celebrating Kingpin and Amy True’s birthdays), showcasing tracks from their new Devil May Care album, Genesis Elijah, approaching legendary status from the days of “So Hip Hop” to current BBC Radio 1 support for his Painkillers & Pilkington EP & hosted by Mystro, another long time in the game with much respect for his work over the years. Currently promoting What Kind of Drug is Mystrogen” EP. New talent on stage will come in the shape of London’s Naba Napalm and Ether L Banks

ROOM 2

Open Mic session, live graffiti courtesy of FDC, and a bboy / bgirl throwdown including members of London’s Scope Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company. Its the room designed for all in attendance to participate, whether in a dance off, testing their rhyme skills with the crowd or anything else they think they can bring to the table

This room is hosted by DJ Snuff, organizer of End of the Weak and Speaker’s Corner, who will also be on stage with Caxton Press in the main room and DJ Johny Garcia

The live hip hop scene has grown considerably around the UK in the past year or two, thanks to some extent to the popularity of events such as Dont Flop’s rap battles, and the participation element that brings with it. A new generation has become interested in the history of the culture, and Elementz looks to provide a night which represents a broader experience and understanding. And in the traditions of hip hop, give an opportunity from the old to the new.

Price on the door is £8.00, this is an 18 and over event and dress code is casual but the venue advises “no tracksuits”

Each event will also be filmed by the UK’s leading online platform The Hip Hop Chronicle for future broadcast

You can learn more about the event and the various artists involved at www.elementzuk.wordpress.com or at www.facebook.com/elementzuk

Here’s Genesis Elijah speaking on the night

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JAMIESON : NEW VIDEO & SINGLE “Last Time I Saw You”

London’s Jamieson drops yet another freestyle and video, in what’s been one of the most prolific periods for output from this MC who in his own words is on his own “foreign exchange”, now on the hard grind in New York City.

He lets loose on this one “Last Time I Saw You” over a jumpin hip hop beat, and its always good to hear someone with the flow skills go in with the shackles removed.

He released the first track “I Told You So” from his new EP “I Came I Saw Volume 3” last week, with a lot more to follow in the next couple of months. He has been in the studio with various other artists recently, among them London’s super producer Beat Butcha, so it looks like being a busy 2012.

Together with the video for “Last Time I Saw you”, also check out footage of him performing live at NYC’s famous SOB’s “Who’s Next” Hot 97 showcase.

Live footage performing at SOB’s in New York at the “Who’s Next” Hot 97 showcase

More on Jamieson at www.iamjamieson.com & on twitter @JamiesonMusic

26TH APRIL at RHYTHM FACTORY LONDON : LAUNCH OF “ELEMENTZ” REPPIN THE 4 ELEMENTS OF HIPHOP

PLAYING LIVE : DJ SARAH LOVE, DJ 279, MR THING, DJ SNIPS, DJ SNUFF, CAXTON PRESS, GENESIS ELIJAH, NABA NAPALM, ETHER L BANKS & HOSTED BY MYSTRO. B-boy battles, graff, open mic.

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www.elementzuk.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/ElementzUK

Tickets are available in advance via TicketWeb now. Link on the official site above.

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Sister Elements launches a brand new hip hop night “Grandma’s Party” on Friday 30th March with a mix of live performances, dj sets and a short film world premiere

Performers

Fresh from a support slot with Souls of Mischief at Manchester’s Roadhouse on March 7th, Sister Elements, aka Sarah Sayeed, headlines by performing tracks from her new upcoming album. Described by BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction as “a 360 degree conscious artist & fearless lyricist”, she previously released her video .”Contentment”, and has since performed all over the world.

Further live sets on the night come from Manchester’s James Gill, some cool hip hop & funk sounds from female rapper Rain Freedom and a special performance from Ella Mesma, quoted by The Times as “Hip Hop dance’s ongoing potential for deeper expression”.

DJ Sets

Two of the UK’s hip hop heavyweights will be on dj duty. Sarah Love, fresh from supporting Aloe Blacc’s tour in December, and her own tour of Australia in January will be bringing you the real hiphop flavas she’s famous for since her days with Kung Fu, MTV and BBC 1Xtra. A new video interview with The Hip Hop Chronicle has just gone live where she speaks on the early days and her views on the scene today.

Excalibah is well known to the heads as an award winning dj for his Tales From The Legend BBC 1Xtra radio show where he gave early national airplay to artists such as Estelle, Pro Green, Sway and Plan B.

Film screening

There will also be the screening of the short film, “Hip Hop Had A Dream”. While researching his book of the same name released in 2008, the UK’s Damien Morgan interviewed a number of renowned names including Sugarhill Gang, Ty, Bashy, Ghostface Killah, Joe Budden, Professor Griff, Chuck D & Skinnyman for their views on the culture of hiphop, their early influences and the journey it has taken from the early days to now.

These interviews were documented in film and have just been edited together in a short 15 minute documentary set for its worldwide premiere at Grandma’s Party

Big night for lovers of Tru Skool hip hop & the emergence of another regular event showcasing the best in new UK talent.

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/216319831794993/

ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM www.richmix.co.uk (£7 advance / £10 OTD)

VENUE : Rich Mix, 35 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA – nearest stations Liverpool St & Bethnal Green

TWITTER : @RichMixLondon @SisterElements @DJSarahLove @Excalibah @Rain_Freedom @EllaMesma

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