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25 Facts on Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Respect is Earned Not Given

• August 3, 2017

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble - Respect is Earned Not Given 25 Facts

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Respect is Earned Not Given 25 Facts

It’s that time again, and Tone Chop and Frost Gamble are the 1st ever artists to give us two sets of 25 facts. Respect is Earned Not Given is the upcoming album, and here are 25 facts about the project. Enjoy.

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1. Chop had the title ‘Respect is Earned Not Given’ in mind for about a year prior. “I feel like you should have to earn your respect on the mic lyrically. Rappers got it too easy these days because of social media and whatnot.”
2. It was always a dream of Chop’s to do a song with Kool G. Rap. “I feel so blessed Frost made it happen. Walk the Walk featuring Kool G. Rap is out now and is catching fire as we speak!”
3. One of Chop’s favorite tracks on the album is ‘Beat Knocking’. “It’s simple and catchy but still dope lyrically and the beat makes me wanna keep writing verses to it.”
4. We both stepped our game up on this album. As much as we love the Veteran EP, this project is just better in all areas.
5. Chop wrote the album intro using ALL of the song titles from the 2016 Veteran EP.
6. “Inspiration” and “It’s Hip Hop” lyrics were actually written to Jay-Z‘s “Momma Loves Me” instrumental, then sent to Frost. He produced a whole new beat for each, gave them the final touches needed, and I think they both came out great.

Tone Chop - Respect is Earned Not Given

Tone Chop – Respect is Earned Not Given

7. DJ Waxamillion – who does the cuts on “Slow Flow” – has been a friend of ours for over 30 years and has been DJing in upstate NY that whole time.
8. If Chop could be anything else in the world, he would be a superhero… to save Hip Hop from the terrible state it’s currently in !
9. Bigga Haitian – featured on World Struggle – is a pioneer and legend of the Haitian reggae scene. Wyclef Jean cites him as an influence, and it was an honor to get him on this album.
10. “Bing Stories” is based on true events. “Bing” is short for Binghamton, NY – our hometown.
11. Frost began working with Tragedy Khadafi in 2016, for his forthcoming compilation project “I Missed My Bus” – which led to his feature on “Here I Go”. Now, Tragedy and Frost are working on a full album together.
12. White Rhino, featured on “Guillotine Chop”, is an up-and-coming Canadian MC who Frost has been mentoring for some time. Look for more collaborations in the future!
13. “Guillotine Chop” is also the 1st time that we have worked with Planet Asia, but not the last!

Frost Gamble - Respect is Earned Not given

Frost Gamble – Respect is Earned Not given

14. “See You Again” is also a true story of a beautiful life lost, one that was very personal and difficult for Chop to share.
15. “Get Beat Down” was made to be fight music, listen to it if you need to get pumped up before a challenge!
16. Respect Is Earned Not Given’s release is the first time that our physical CDs will be sold through global distribution. Cop one!
17. The samples used on the album were drawn from a wide variety of genres – soul, funk, r&b, prog rock, jazz and more were all incorporated.
18. Chop is known as “The Bing King”, for being a pioneer and legend in the upstate NY Hip Hop scene for three decades.
19. We have an animated video for “Bing Stories” that will drop in a few weeks – shout to Dion Johnson who did an amazing job with it.
20. The album cover is a digital photo (by Brett Enquist) of a canvas painted by Winnipeg graffiti OG Zed-One.

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble - Respect is Earned Not Given

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Respect is Earned Not Given

21. Chop & Frost recorded nearly 30 songs in preparation for this album, then selected the best and most cohesive for the final 14. We are very proud of what we turned in!
22. DNA, the world’s most viewed battle rapper, is featured on “In the Streets” – a reflection on how battle rap has changed over the years. DNA has rhymed on a few Tone Chop beats before (yes, Chop makes beats too!)
23. The Veteran EP was Chop & Frost’s first release to achieve international and satellite radio spins.
24. Chop, Frost, ZotheJerk and White Rhino are casually known as “the Nostalgia Clic”, for focusing on the traditional elements of Hip Hop and lyricism.
25. Hip Hop Kings has been a great supporter of Chop & Frost – and we appreciate it very much!!

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Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Walk the Walk ft Kool G Rap

• June 30, 2017
Tone Chop and Frost Gamble - Walk the Walk ft Kool G Rap

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Walk the Walk ft Kool G Rap

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble present their new single “Walk the Walk” which features the legendary Kool G Rap. Fans of true-school Hip-Hop will love this one.

Rapper/producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble have announced that Walk the Walk will be taken from the forthcoming “Respect is Earned not Given” album. The single which features Kool G Rap is the first single from the upcoming release. The album will be released via the 22 Entertainment label who are also working with Da Flyy Hooligan. Walk the Walk is available to download via iTunes (hit the link below to support).

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We have the official tracklisting for the Respect is Earned not Given. Guest appearances come from the likes of Planet Asia, DNA, Tragedy Khadafi and Kool G Rap. The new album is a follow-up from Veteran which we support the release of. Read the exclusive 25 facts on the Veteran project which we shared in October 2016. You can view the full tracklisting to the album below, along with listening to the new single “Walk the Walk” ft Kool G Rap.

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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Keep Me Safe (Video)

• June 7, 2017
ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble - Keep Me Safe (Black Beach)

ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Keep Me Safe (Black Beach)

Taken from their recent album “Black Beach”, here is the official lyric video for ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble’s single Keep Me Safe.

ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble present the official lyric video for Keep Me Safe which has been uploaded to The Jerk Nation YouTube page. When asked about the reasoning behind making Keep Me Safe a lead single, and warrant a video, the below quote was given.

“Keep Me Safe” has struck a chord with many for its sentiment, a heartfelt dedication from a parent to his children to protect, inspire and offer encouragement while including a broader theme in the line “Fathers, father your sons, teach ’em to be men”.

 The album Black Beach was released on the 26th May 2017. We received an exclusive 25 facts on Black Beach thanks to ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble. The rapper and producer gave us an excellent insight into the album, so please make sure you read that. It contains an exclusive fact about the single, which was originally intended for the “Jackpot EP” with Canadian producer/musician S.One. The album features guest appearances from the likes of KXNG Crooked, Guilty Simpson, Satat X and Tone Chop among others. You can download Black Beach from iTunes.

Make sure you support both artists and you can watch the official lyric video for ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble’s “Keep Me Safe” on the YouTube player below.

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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – My Negus ft Guilty Simpson

• May 9, 2017
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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – My Negus ft Guilty Simpson (Black Beach)

Following the release of their album “Black Beach” we have the ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble single My Negus which features Guilty Simpson.

The single My Negus is featured on the album Black Beach and features Random Axe member Guilty Simpson. The Detroit connection is strong and the single is clearly stand-out material and has already had an excellent reaction. The track is a taste of what to expect from the rest of the album, both from a quality standpoint and a subject matter point of view.

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Black Beach is the latest album from ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble which will be available to download from 26th May 2017. JotheJerk and Frost Gamble gave us 25 facts on Black Beach in the exclusive Hip-Hop King series. The album features guest appearances from the likes of KXNG Crooked, Sadat X (Risk vs Reward), Guilty Simpson and Tone Chop among others. Make sure you download the album from the iTunes link above.

You can listen to ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – My Negus ft Guilty Simpson below.

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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Black Beach 25 Facts

• March 29, 2017
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Black Beach 25 Facts

In our latest 25 facts series, we are honoured to share the thoughts of ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble. This is the Black Beach 25 Facts Hip-Hop Kings exclusive.

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1. The album recording process began at Mr. Porter’s old studio in Detroit – where Eminem’s “Infinite” was first written.

2. The track “Keep Me Safe” was originally intended for Frost Gamble’s “Jackpot EP” with Canadian producer/musician S.One.

3. Frost used a mix of vintage and modern equipment to craft the beats, from the Akai S900 of the 1980s to modern software and plugins from Reaper and Waves.

4. The intro “Welcome to Black Beach” samples an old minstrel show routine, and ironically touches on many of the topics on the album – such as mis-leadership, corruption, systemic racism and fear.

5. Zo and Frost first “met” by speaking on a radio podcast – Zo was the host, and Frost being interviewed, having just dropped his Handpicked album (in 2014).

Frost Gamble - Black Beach 25 Facts

Frost Gamble – Black Beach 25 Facts

6. Zo and Frost have released two commercial singles previously – Family First (2015) and Honey (2016). Black Beach is the duo’s first full album together.

7. Zo met Boldy James almost 13 years ago ironically at a studio on 8 mile in Detroit.

8. During the filming of 8 Mile, Zo was able to connect with Big Proof – R.I.P. – and was asked to work on a mixtape called “a Bunch of Black Folks”.

9. Black Beach was recorded in 3 States: Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio

10. KEM is an acronym for “Kill Everything Moving”

11. Zo and Frost are so similar in lifestyles they call each other twin.

12. It takes Zo 15 minutes to write full songs, concept, verses, and chorus.

Zothejerk - Black Beach 25 Facts

Zothejerk – Black Beach 25 Facts

13. 70% of Black Beach was changed in the last 3 weeks before the album was turned in.

14. Zo freestyled Etch-a-Sketch in one take.

15. Most of the verses on “Black Beach” were recorded in one take.

16. Keep Me Safe features Frost’s son and Zo’s sons.

17. While recording “Black Beach” Zo became a Cisco Certified CCNA.

18. Zo uses a K2, UA Neve, and Apollo MK Twin Quad in his vocal chain.

19. The soundbites on Loyal Victims are never before heard or seen interviews with Von Derrit Myers’ grandmother. These were shot by Zo in Ferguson at the 1 year anniversary of Von Derrit Myers’ death.

ZotheJerk - Black Beach 25 Facts

ZotheJerk – Black Beach 25 Facts

20. Zo earned the nickname Jerk in Detroit due to his straight forward no nonsense attitude and terrible lack of tact!

21. Black Beach was written and recorded as Zo transitioned from Kansas to Ohio, sometimes being recorded in hotels.

22. Zo wrote most of “Black Beach” while working as a Network Engineer.

23. Zo and Frost have only been in the studio together physically in Detroit.

24. Zo took Frost to his block Montrose in Detroit so Frost could experience the beauty of Detroit and fuel their creativity while recording Black Beach.

25. Zo & Frost recorded two albums worth of material preparing for this release – picking only their favorite tracks for the final project.

We hope you enjoyed the Black Beach 25 Facts piece. The official video for Smoke Screen is on the YouTube player below.

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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Risk vs Reward ft Sadat X

• March 16, 2017
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ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Black Beach

Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble present their new single – Risk vs Reward featuring legendary artist Sadat X.

The single is available to download today and has been released on 22 Entertainment. Risk vs Reward is the first single taken from the upcoming album Black Beach. That’s the name of the collaborative effort from ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble. The album features guest appearances from Guilty Simpson, Tone Chop, KXNG Crooked and Sadat X among others. You can view the official artwork and track listing for Black Beach here. You can also listen to ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble – Risk vs Reward ft Sadat X on the soundcloud player below.

1 – Welcome To Black Beach
2 – America Made Me
3 – My Negus ft Guilty Simpson
4 – If ft Boldy James
5 – Drunk Roses ft Coko Buttaflie
6 – Blaxploitation ft Eveready & Young Bleed
7 – Loyal Victims ft Dustin Davie & Eveready
8 – Risk vs Reward ft Sadat-X
9 – Kill Everything Moving ft Tone Chop
10 – Mother Of My Child ft Dustin Davie
11 – Whispers In The Wind ft KXNG Crooked
12 – Etch A Sketch
13 – Keep Me Safe (co:produced by S.One)

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Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Step Up Video

• November 29, 2016
Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Step Up Video (Veteran EP)

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Step Up Video (Veteran EP)

Taken from the Veteran EP, we have the Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Step Up video which has been uploaded to the duo’s YouTube channel.

The duo gave Hip-Hop Kings 25 Facts on the Veteran EP earlier this year,  and have continued to promote the project. The Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Step Up video has received some great support from the blogosphere and serves as the second single from the EP. The Veteran EP is now available to download so please support the duo and grab that ASAP. I have posted the official artwork and the tracklisting to the Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Veteran EP here. You can also watch the video for “Step Up” below.

1 – Dedication

2 – Back in the Days

3 – Other Shit ft Awful P

4 – Better with Time ft DJ Waxamillion & S.One

5 – One Two

6 – Leave It Alone ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi

7 – Step Up

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Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Veteran EP 25 Facts

• October 29, 2016
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Tone Chop and Frost Game – Veteran EP 25 Facts

Here is the latest in our ongoing exclusive series “25 facts”. We have 25 facts from Tone Chop and Frost Gamble for their Veteran EP.

1. The concept for the “Veteran” EP was based around growing into adulthood, fatherhood, etc. – while experiencing the changes in Hip Hop music over the last 20 years.

2. Honesty is also a main theme in Veteran! We don’t glamorize negativity or materialism.

3. The name “Tone Chop” actually comes from an old Kung Fu classic called “Assassins”. One of the characters was named “Tong Chop” and he was very skilled in martial arts – just as Tone is very skilled at emceeing.

4. The “Gamble” in Frost’s name comes from being a pro poker player for 3 years. He used to travel the tournament circuit and make beats on a laptop in hotel rooms every night.

5. Chop writes his rhymes in pieces and puts them together like a puzzle – there might be one rhyme written across five different pages!

6. Sadly, Chop’s mother and father each passed away at a young age, from cancer – just 3 months apart.

7. When Chop met Frost, he was a rapper and had just started making beats. All he had was a drum machine and a four track.

8. Frost learned how to make beats and use the MPC by watching his neighbor DJ Spinna and others create beats for us to rhyme on.

9. Chop’s favorite rapper of all time is Lord Finesse – because of his crazy punchline style.

10. 5 rappers that Chop feels are very under-rated: Ransom, Fred Da Godson, Conway, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden.

11. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble are both big fans of battle rap, from URL to KOTD. Frost often acts as a judge at local battle events.

12. We don’t really mess with keyboard beats. To us, sampling = Hip Hop

13. The bassline in “Step Up” was sampled from a 1996 cassette recording of a Tone Chop freestyle performance at Frost’s birthday party.

14. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble both enjoy fatherhood, and often use it as a theme in their music. Chop is a father to two boys – Anthony (age 8) and Vincent (age 5).

15. Frost has a 7 year old son, Thaddeus – named after one of his heroes, the 1800’s era abolitionist and US congressman Thaddeus Stevens.

16. Frost’s favorite producers of all time include Marley Marl, Just Blaze, the Beatnuts, Diamond D, Da Beatminerz and Preemo.

17. Chop’s very first Hip Hop tape was “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions. His all-time favorite is “Funky Technician” by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth.

18. Frost learned how to loop drumbreaks with pause tapes and tape splices – manually creating tape loops that could run on a reel-to-reel.

19. Chop is a big fan of graffiti art; he takes pictures anytime he sees something fresh!

20. Chop is also in a group called “Binghamton’s Most Wanted” which consists of Big Drew, Kizzle, Awful P, Weegee, T-Y, Trek, Flow and DJ Waxamillion. Both Awful P and DJ Waxamillion appear on the new EP.

21. Frost frequently collaborates with ZotheJerk (Detroit), White Rhino (Canada) & producer S.One who also appears on the EP.

22. Chop’s top favorite producers besides Frost are The Alchemist, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Stu Bangas, Jake One and Marley Marl. He has used some of their beats for freestyles on previous mixtapes in the Chopper City series.

23. Frost moved from NY to Minneapolis, then onto Kentucky, Kansas City, Vegas, LA and Arizona before settling in Canada.

24. “Veteran” was completed by emailing audio files back and forth – we were never in the studio together even once.

25. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble can appreciate any style of Hip Hop – so long as the mic controller has skills. But our favorite will always be gritty NY style street rap.

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Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Present Veteran EP

• September 21, 2016
Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Present Veteran EP

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Present Veteran EP

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Present Veteran EP is the latest news coming from record label Seven 13, which will be available on 18th November 2016.

Fans of the true-school Hip-Hop sound will be familiar with both Tone Chop and producer Frost Gamble who were prevalent on the New York rap battle circuit in the 90’s. Following a move to Canada, Frost Gamble has continued working behind the boards, and has joined forces with Tone Chop for an official collaboration. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Present Veteran EP is the outcome.

The 7 track EP is a prelude to what we can expect next year, with a full-length project in the works. The Veteran EP features Hip-Hop Kings favourite Ruste Juxx on a track which is dedicated to the late, great Sean Price. I’ve posted the official artwork and tracklisting for the Veteran EP below. Look out for more news on the Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Veteran EP in the forthcoming weeks as we receive it.

1 – Dedication
2 – Back in the Days
3 – Other Shit ft Awful P
4 – Better with Time ft DJ Waxamillion & S.One
5 – One Two
6 – Leave it Alone ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi
7 – Step Up

 

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