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The monthly round up of international hip hop news, videos and releases that is Matt Oliver’s “Rapture & Verse” column has a new home in the UK’s online Monolith Cocktail

In his column for March 2015 just published today, there is news on UK dates in April and May for Marley Marl, The Beatnuts & Jeru the Damaja, Phryme, Mobb Deep, Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces.

There is also an extensive breakdown of a range of single, EP, album and mixtape releases, including the new album “Avant Garde” by Baltimore / New Jersey duo Constant Deviants.

It’s always a column stashed with information for any fan of hip hop, and can be read HERE

The column also features the latest video by Constant Deviants “Breathin” which was shot in and around Baltimore

Avant Garde releases worldwide on vinyl, CD and digital formats through Six2Six Records on 12th May 2015. The duo have just finished filming a trilogy of live freestyle performances, and the first video in this “3Stylez Series” will be launched soon. Look out for those and widespread international media & press coverage appearing online in the weeks and months ahead

M.I. will also be appearing on the new Rapping with Leiberman video show in two weeks’ time on Wednesday 8th April. The new show hosted by Sirius FM’s Jon Leiberman streams on Youtube, Google Hangouts and EasyJoe.com every Wednesday at 7pm EST and this week his guests include Bishop Lamont.

Connect with Constant Deviants on social media via twitter @Cnstnt_Dvnts & @Six2SixShift and on Facebook “ConstantDeviantsMusic

All international press & media inquiries regarding Constant Deviants, requests for promotional copies of the album Avant Garde to review, or requests to interview the group, can be sent to UrbanElite PR via our CONTACT SECTION

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Long Beach rapper (currently resident in Kansas) Matt Maddox sat down with American online publication Face 2 Face Magazine recently to discuss his early days, starting out in Long Beach and then moving to Hawaii and the reasons behind that where he speaks openly about a number of family issues

As an artist who first picked up the pen at only 10 years old, he discusses the influences west coast and east coast hip hop artists have had on him, whether Dre, Snoop & NWA, or Nas and Wu Tang, and how a fusion of styles has led to him developing what he describes as a mix of “hardcore street rap & underground”

He discusses the transition of the politically focused content of his first album Asylum Artistry to a more personal perspective in the current release “Righteous Fury” and his desire to “empower people – not just be another number”

Interesting insight to the man, and you can read the interview HERE

He released the aforementioned “Righteous Fury” through Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music on 25th February, and it is available from a wide selection of international online stores in both digital and physical CD formats

It boasts production from Skammadix, Nemesis, Sultan Mir, Engineer, C Lance, Sicknature & Vanderslice, turntablism throughout by fellow Red Phone labelmate DJ TMB, and features Tragedy Khadafi, Adlib, Reef the Lost Cauze, King Magnetic, Burke the Jurke and many more, including British Emcee Edd Bundy.

Check out the full audio stream for it

Currently working on new projects and planning various tours including a visit to Europe due in the autumn, look out for him launching his new video for “Work” any day now. Keep up to date with his progress on twitter @MattMaddox82

All media & press with inquiries about Matt Maddox and the Righteous Fury album can contact UrbanElite PR HERE

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In the week of the release of his new album Righteous Fury, two more online British publications, I Am Hip Hop Magazine and AH 25/8 Entertainment took time out to speak with west coast rapper Matt Maddox to discuss the release, the recording process, his international tours and working with artists from the States, UK and Europe

Read the full features at

I AM HIPHOP MAGAZINE HERE

AH 25/8 ENT HERE

Matt is currently on tour with Battleaxe Warrior Adlib and Reef the Lost Cauze, and they just launched a new joint produced by Vanderslice “Spider Man”

You can catch them at the following venues

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

The album released on Red Phone Records / Seven 13 Music on Tuesday 25th February and is available in digital mp3 and physical CD format from a wide range of online stores in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.

The international iTunes link is HERE

Among many other stores, the CD version can be ordered from UGHH.com HERE

As is inevitable these days, we’re aware that some free download torrents have appeared on the internet. While piracy is a sad fact of life these days we would take this opportunity to warn the public that our I.T. consultants checked those which have appeared to date. They found that the mp3 files had been corrupted and that the links also contained malicious software, or Malware viruses, so please consider carefully before downloading from such sources. Only files available from official stores are of full quality and free of any “bugs”

Anyone who would like to know their most local retail outlet can drop a line to the labels via twitter at @RedPhoneRecords and @Seven13Music and they’ll be happy to provide you with the information. You can also keep up to date with Matt on twitter over at @MattMaddox82

You will see much more international media coverage about this release in the coming weeks, and any members of the press who would still like to receive a promotional copy of the album to review, or request an interview with Matt Maddox can email UrbanElite PR HERE

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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.

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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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British Hip Hop has been one of the UK’s premier online magazines for many years, covering the authentic, traditional sound of the genre with a primary focus of course on homegrown artists, but also featuring a range of international artists

Contributor Ethan Everton spoke recently with Kansas based MC Matt Maddox ahead of the release of his sophomore album Righteous Fury on the 25th February

In one of his most in depth interviews to date, they discuss his origins in Long Beach southern California and his involvement with the international hip hop scene since his days as part of Guerilla War Tactix. They also cover a wide range of subjects including the album itself, the impact of the internet in promoting artists compared to more traditional methods, his collaborations with other artists, tour plans, new artist recommendations and much more

Read it all HERE

With a tour of Canada and the west coast of America to be announced shortly, people in the east coast and MidWest can catch him 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

With production and features on the album of the caliber of Nemesis, Skammadix, C Lance, Sicknature, Vanderslice, Tragedy Khadafi, King Magnetic, Edd Bundy, Reef The Lost Cauze, and some choice turntablist cuttin & scratchin courtesy of DJ TMB, it’s not hard to see why the international media has shown such an interest. It’s bang on the money for all those hip hop heads who appreciate the real deal

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Righteous Fury can be pre-ordered either in physical CD format, or digitally on iTunes:

Physical CD format HERE

Digitally via iTunes HERE

You can keep up to date with all of Matt’s news on twitter @MattMaddox82 and connect with the guys at BHH over at @britishhiphop

Check out his single Street Art featuring Tragdey Khadafi

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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Nearing the end of their UK tour celebrating 25 years since the release of critical Beatdown, Kool Keith, TR Love & Ced Gee – aka the Ultramagnetic MCs – headed north of the border from Leeds to visit Glasgow.

DJ Bunty & co have put on many a good hip hop night at the city’s o2 ABC 2 venue in Sauchiehall Street, and this was no different. As the whole of the UK sweltered in high summer temperatures, the heat was on in more ways than one.

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The group later commented that they hadnt seen a crowd like the one in Glasgow for many years….and in fact THEY had to try and calm THEM down!!

The Skinny Mag’s Bram Gieben, who had previously interviewed Kool Keith in the lead up to their arrival, went along to check the night out and you can read his review HERE

The last scheduled show of the current European run is at The Dour Festival in Belgium on Saturday 20th July.

The group have also been busy recording new material, and you should be seeing the results of this a little later in the year. They are also due to take part in a BBC radio documentary shortly, more details to follow. Their most recent track release “Let the Bars Go” has proven to be particularly popular at the shows

You can keep up to date with them on twitter, including news on their Ultra Clothing Brand being developed, via the group account @MCsUltra Kool Keith @ultraman7000 and TR Love @TR_Ultra

Any further media enquiries can be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE

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The second UK date of Ultramagnetic MCs’ Critical Beatdown 25th anniversary tour took them to the south coast of England on Saturday 6th July to play Brighton’s Concorde 2.

The Gods must be smiling on them as theyve coincided their long awaited visit to these isles with a week long heatwave…yes, something resembling summer has arrived!

Based on the south coast, editor of UK online publication NIJI Magazine, Mike Cox, went along to check it out. Read what he has to say about it HERE

There’s not too many shows left for UK and European fans to get the rare opportunity to see the group in action. The remaining dates are :

Tonight – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 10th July Glasgow o2 ABC 2
Thursday 11th July Manchester Band on the Wall
Friday 12th July Dublin Sugar Club
Saturday 13th July Liverpool Haus
Wednesday 17th July Koln Club Banhof
Saturday 20th Belgium Dour Music Festival

Unsurprisingly, there’s been a huge amount of interest in this tour. Any media or press enquiries can be sent to UrbanElite PR HERE Any enquiries regarding the shows should be addressed to the various venues or local promoters.

You can connect with Ultramagentic MCs on twitter via the group’s official accounts @MCsUltra and Kool Keith is at @ultraman7000 Niji Magazine support many new artists whether from the UK or overseas, so worth connecting with them whether via their site or on twitter @NijiMagazine

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