It’s been, yet again, our pleasure to work with more quality lyricists and beatmakers from the USA and UK this year.
For over a decade we have promoted albums and EP’s to worldwide media, some by established names, others from new emerging artists, but all who have the common denominator of being highly skilled at their craft. More details are HERE
We focus on MC’s and producers who draw from the authentic values of hip hop while adapting them for a modern era, securing press coverage and airplay for them throughout the specialist marketplaces in USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. 2016 has been no different as demonstrated by the following releases :
HORSESHOE GANG – ALBUM “ANTI-TRAP MUSIC” released April 29th through Seven 13 Music & Ent
Available to buy on iTunes HERE
The Long Beach crew and younger brothers of Crooked I returned with their fourth official studio album although they have a multitude of EP and mixtape releases under their belt over the past decade. Most notable was their “Monthly Mixtape” series which saw them drop a tape every month for a full year between 2013 and 2014.
Last year they hit the headlines due to their rap battle with Hopsin’s now defunct “Funk Volume” and they summed up the ethos behind the new album title by stating “If you’re tired of hearing your kids singing songs around the house that’s talking about pushing crack, then get our new album !”
Including the tracks “Intro” featuring Crooked I and “Shoe-icide Squad” which addresses the issues reltaing to the Black Lives Matter movement, check the full album stream on Soundcloud
Typical of their industrious nature, they then released a further album “4 Brothers” as an acknowledgement of the support received from their extensive international fanbase.
Available on iTunes HERE take a listen
CONSTANT DEVIANTS – ALBUM “OMERTA” released June 28th through Six2Six Records
Available to buy on Bandcamp HERE
Legendary eastcoast duo MC M.I. and DJ Cutt followed up 2015’s “Avant Garde” with “Omerta”, a concept album where the pair drew on their respective Italian and Russian heritages to adopt the roles of Luciano and Lansky.
The imagery was used purely metaphorically to address a variety of subject matters, consistent with M.I.’s current level of creativity as he embarks upon a movie making and acting career which saw his new film “Six2Six” featuring Treach, Syleena Johnson and Chief Rocker Busy Bee premiered at Ralph McDaniels’ Hip Hop Film Festival in NYC this year.
Returning to their harder, edgier sound, “Omerta” was considered by many to be their strongest album to date. Including the singles “So Underrated” and “DeLorean”, this is a classic “no fillers” release and fans of superior rhymes, beats and turntablism will have this stream on repeat.
TONE CHOP & FROST GAMBLE – EP “VETERAN” released November 18th through Seven 13 Music & Ent
Available to buy on iTunes HERE
Originally rivals in NY State’s rap battle scene in the 90’s, Tone Chop & Frost Gamble became partners in rhyme and tagging.
Due to Frost’s subsequent relocation to Winnipeg, Canada to pursue a career in production which has seen him work with Sadat-X, J-Ro and Rakim’s son Tahmell, Chop continued as a member of the group Binghamton’s Most Wanted while releasing a string of solo mixtapes in the dual capacity of rapper and producer. His “This is NY” includes the track “Momma” by Tom Gist produced by Chop.
Having contributed to Seven 13’s “God Bless Dope Rappers” compilation earlier this deal, Frost inked a deal with the label and the pair re-united for their first official EP release. “Veteran” is a warm up to an album planned for 2017, and includes the single “Leave It Alone”, a tribute to Sean Price featuring Ruste Juxx and Nobi.
Bars, beats and turntablism for days, this is for the hip hop connoisseurs.
MELANIN 9 – VIDEO “POLAROID” ft Karl Sage launched through Red Snow Records
Melanin 9 product available from Bandcamp HERE
November saw the welcome return of north London’s Melanin 9 with a new video “Polaroid” featuring upcoming UK artist Karl Sage.
The track was produced by the west coast native American duo Walterwarm and Cowode and is the first to be released from a new album “Old Pictures” due out around the Spring of 2017.
Whether as a member of the group Triple Darkness or due to his solo work, Melanin 9 has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most gifted lyricists, and in the new video which he also directed and edited, it’s not hard to see why.
All international press and DJ enquiries regarding any of these releases can be sent to us at UrbanElite PR, all our contact information is available HERE
UrbanElite PR thanks everyone for their support this year and we wish you all the best for 2017
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