Rare FM is the student run radio station of University College London, and their affiliated magazine is Under City Lights.

They are the latest to give closer inspection to the new album “Righteous Fury” by hip hop MC Matt Maddox. His sophomore solo release following Asylum Artistry (2010), the ex Guerilla War Tactix member brings the classic west coast hip hop values to the table, unsurprisingly given his origins in Long Beach California. Now based in Kansas in the heart of America’s MidWest, the rapper calls on some choice production skills from Nemesis, Vanderslice, C Lance, Sicknature & Skammadix over which he lays down some serious lyricism and rhyme skills.

Joined on the mic on feature duties by such notables as Tragedy Khadafi, Reef The Lost Cauze, Adlib, Edd Bundy and King Magnetic, the album is also laced with quality turntablism with the scratches & cuts courtesy of the UK’s DJ TMB.

UCL’s Josh Williams may have been new to the name but explains why he’s a convert to the cause HERE

There will be much more review and feature coverage in the international media over the coming weeks, but those in NYC, New Jersey, Chicago, Virginia, North & South Carolina and Wisconsin will have the opportunity to see him perform live very shortly with Reef the Lost Cauze and Adlib at the following venues:

Feb 20th- Allentown, PA Pitchers Lounge
Feb 21st- Quakertown, PA The Eagle
Feb 22nd- Staten Island, NY The Full Cup
Feb 23rd- Atlantic City, NJ Gran Fromage
Feb 28th- Spartanburg, SC Mirrors Gentlemens Club
March 1st- Ashville, NC Haywood Lounge
March 2nd- Norfolk, VA The Iguana
March 5th- Chicago, IL Sub T lounge
March 6th- Madison, WI
March 7th- Milwaukee, WI The Stone Fly
March 9th- Appleton, WI Capital Centre

An announcement on a further series of dates taking in Canada and the west coast of America will be made soon.


You can pre order Righteous Fury in physical format HERE or if you prefer the digital version, the international iTunes pre-order link is HERE

You can keep up to date with everything he’s got going on via his official twitter account @MattMaddox82 and you can also drop by the magazine over at @UCL_zine

Meanwhile, check out his video “No Country For Old Men” paying tribute to the legendary hip hop soldiers :

All members of the media & press interested in receiving a promotional copy of the album for review, or who would like to interview Matt Maddox can contact UrbanElite PR HERE

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In their end of year edition, legendary UK magazine Echoes have included a review of Melanin 9’s new album “Magna Carta” which released on 3rd December 2012.

Recreating the claustrophobic climate of pre-millenial angst, Magna Carta could have snuck out in the late 90’s. To his credit, Melanin 9 never sounds like he’s having to try too hard” opens Sunil Chauhan’s analysis in an issue which also includes new releases by Homeboy Sandman, Ruff Sqwad, Kingdom of Fear, Lazy Habits, Kendrick Lamar, Jungle Brothers and Kool G Rap

Magna Carta does what it says on the tin, as it’s supposed to do” it concludes, and you can read the whole review in the publication which hit UK stores today. You can see more about the magazine online at www.echoesmagazine.co.uk

Meanwhile, French magazine International Hip Hop hits stores in France from Tuesday 18th December, and we have a sneak preview of the reviews section which as well as covering Melanin 9’s album with a 90% rating, also features releases by Mystro, K-Def, Lord Finesse, Pace Won & Mr Green, Snowgoons and Blaq Poet.

Written in the French language (obviously), the Paris based publication lives up to its name covering hip hop from all over the world, and is produced on a monthly basis. This month’s edition also includes interviews with Nas, Redman, Big K.R.I.T., Jean Grae and Kool Keith. You can find out more about them online at www.ihh.cc

Melanin 9 has built up a loyal fanbase in France and Europe for a number of years, so its no surprise he rates highly here, just as he’s done with a wide level of coverage in the UK’s media and now also making some headway in the States.

The album has been available to buy on iTunes since the 3rd December 2012, and CD versions can be bought by mail order from http://m9ether.bandcamp.com

All international media for this release handled by UrbanElite PR. Any further press enquiries or booking enquiries for Melanin 9 from event & club promoters can be sent HERE

Meanwhile connect with them all on twitter @Melanin_9 @IHHmagazine & @EchoesMag

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