Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Increasingly involved in movements to bring about change, Ruffstylz’s efforts have brought him into contact with lots of new people including other artists with similar view points. “I’ve recently been hugely inspired by The Zeitgeist Movement and after I had a conversation with Rou from Enter Shikari I was moved to write it.”

“For a long time it’s been building up in me to write a track that represents my undying passion to get people inspired about the biggest things we can think about and go for in life. I’ve never been prepared to settle for limits and if I’ve got anything to do with it, no one else will either.”


Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Ruffstylz  004

We’re pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Ruffstylz’s new single, ‘Prison to Paradise’.

As label co-founder and an emcee with a reputation built off his commitment to unadulterated lyricism and constantly evolving flows, the new track amounts to a slight change in tone from his previous work. “For a long time it’s been building up in me to write a track that represents my undying passion to get people inspired about the biggest things we can think about and go for in life. I’ve never been prepared to settle for limits and if I’ve got anything to do with it, no one else will either. I’m here to kill that. I’ve always had strong opinions about society but I’ve never rammed it down peoples’ throats in my music ’cause I think I know the right time and place for when and how to bring a message.”



Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Insane Macbeth

The new joint from Brixton’s legendary Insane Macbeth is authentic UK posse track goodness. A veteran fabled for his role producing for the likes of Kinetic Effect and other UK legends like Icepick at the birth of UK hip-hop, Macbeth has stayed on it. His new street single, where the name says it all, ‘Killer’ has him teaming up with a powerful trio of emcees Sub-Zeez, Tony D (Poisonous Poets) and the AssociatedMinds own founding mic maestro, Ruffstylz.

Cop the free download from Insane Macbeth’s Soundcloud below…


Sunday, September 18th, 2011

The new video for the title track taken from the collaborative EP we released with Eatgood Records which is available for free download over atThe Highball EP

Video was made by Huw Caddy & Mayor


Saturday, September 5th, 2009

As well as Oxjam dates in October for Mudmowth & Metabeats there will be dates at the Meze Festival for Mud & Meta as well as Beatbox Fozzy & Ruffstylz. The festival should be a first for Newport so keep your eyes open for more news as it approaches.

KYZA & DUBBLEDGE FLYER KYZA & DUBBLEDGE FLYER 2 Bethan Elfyn & Friends Presents Flyer Back


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Ruffstylz – The Best Verse In Hip-Hop from Associated Minds on Vimeo.

Latest headfuck business from the man who eats sleeps and breathes lyrics. Check it out. People ain’t ready for it.


Monday, November 17th, 2008

We were recently invited by Huw Stephen’s of Radio 1 to get involved with his SWN Festival and co-host a night with Cardiff’s own D&B big bwoys Aperture. With a tasty lineup it was hard to say no.

Metabeats (Exclusive DJ Set)
Y Diwygiad
Beatbox Fozzy & Ruffstylz
Dan Marshall
Ransom & Magenta
High Contrast

We know we sound like a broken record on this one but once again Ruff and Fozzy proved they really have a world class stage show and tore the stage down hard. On the night Chipmunk got replaced by Baby J and friends and they proved to be good for it. Shouts to anyone who reached down for the night or any of the Swn events. Here’s to 2009.


Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Ruff, Rhys Ifans & Fozzy backstage

We had a call from Kris Jenkins a week or so back asking if Fozzy and Ruff would come through and support his new band ‘The Peth’. Featuring Kris, a Super Furry Animal and hollywood big boy, Rhys Ifans, and a whole bunch of others it was kinda hard to say no. They are on some Welsh super group business. The gig was pretty bonkers and we smashed it. So here’s to more partying with ‘em in the future.


Sunday, July 15th, 2007
2 parts of one amazing live show

We hit the Beyond the Border festival last week for some international style vocal stylings. Ending up with Ruff and Fozzy taking to the stage with Taqralik Patridge, one of the few Inuit throat singers who gets out to an international stage. A spoken word artists as well, she’d just arrived direct from Canada and was off to Norway for more goodness the next night.

Then Saturday night rolled in and we hit Cambridge for a D&B rave alongside Mampi Swift, Mickey Finn, Skibadee & Zinc, The night was heavy and Fozz and Ruff brought more fire to the stage before the Scratch Perverts brought it down with a heavy headline set.


Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

After the major success of the January Tour you know we had to go back to the see the good people of the Emerald Isle and the luckily our favourite promoters wanted it to happen too. So we went back with Ruff and Fozzy as the headliners to try kill it again. Ralph & Mud did a little ten minute P.A. to set the shows off in the proper style and fashion and then Ruff and Fozzy straight muredered in a way like no others can match.

Their show is ridiculous and we say that with no bias. It’s next level original. And if you ain’t caught it you need to. Just can’t wait to go back now and hit up Dublin and see more of the beautiful country. Shouts to all the people who reached out and showed us love. And to all the Cork schoolgirls!?!

Ruff and Fozzy did an instore in Plug’d Records in Cork City. The theme was red.

^^^John Gough aka Gougho the Cranker aka Dope-As-Shit-Brekkie-Chef on the wheels of steel.

^^^ Ladies and gentlemen… introducing… New Ralph Ralph Shit.

^^^Mudmowth bowling around on stage.

^^^ Ralph rocking it.

^^^Mud taking well deserved ‘boy in the stush corner’ chill time after the gig.

Promoter Doobs showing us the colour of his Irish money. That was soon to become ours. But due to Ralph doing some seriously dodgy parking of the A.M. tour van in the centre of Cork it had been towed earlier the same day and so that money was soon to become Cork City Councils to bunk it back out the pound! Heck money comes and money goes. You got to keep your grizzly going.

^^^Crockett & Tubbs


Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

After heading up to for a gig @ the Galeri,? Caernarfon and? Fozzy taking out the speakers with his bass, we went and headed back to Mr. Phormula’s yard. This shot is from the next morning outside Phorm’s studio. This shit is literally in the middle of the sticks. Our North Walean brethren showed us a sick night on the vodka, ghost stories and a dope late night jam. Can’t wait to go back. Much love to Dull, and Nine Tonne as well. We need to link soon for sure.


Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Ruff, David J, Mic Assassin & Fozzy tearing it on the west bank of the Thames. Was a sick sick day and a wicked shoot. The full music video featuring a bunch of cameos from some of Ruff’s extended friends and fam is coming soon…

In the meantime – check the full cypher footage here…


Wednesday, April 18th, 2007


^^^DJ Paul B’s mixtape’s out now ft. exclusive AM tracks, along with a selection of only the finest hip-hop. Follow the link above to get it on the AM website.

^^^Back in the day pic with Ralph, Humurak & Mudmowth

^^^Beatbox Fozzy and fellow mouth music maestro (!) Wandan.

^^^Rockwell doin’ what Rockwell does best – drinkin’ cheap cans of Spar lager out of posh beer glasses.

^^^LL Cool Willo.

^^^Mudmowth & Fozzy chill the fuck out after rockin’ another heavy show.

^^^Dunno what’s playin’ in those headphones, but Blaktrix is fuckin’ lovin’ it..!

^^^Slug from Atmosphere rockin’ his favourite tee.

^^^Foreign Beggars, Dubbledge and Ruffstylz in the cypher.

^^^Benn Grymm and Barnie Rumble in the lab.

^^^The mighty Metabeats cookin’ up some marvelous shit in the lab.

^^^Ruffstylz and Willo Wispa hard at work in the old AMfamalab.

^^^Oh yeah, and did I mention Associated Minds hits Brighton on May 10th, with Stig & Syntax and Fozzy & Ruffstylz…plus some extra special guests.


Sunday, February 11th, 2007

We keep getting reminded that we haven’t been keeping people uptodate on our shit. Sorry people but life is busy as a busy beaver at A.M.H.Q. so things get missed. Once we get 5 this will all be covered properly When we get a minute the site is gonna get a revamp so hold tight for that but in the meantime… these are the headlines – We’ve just completed the successful ‘People, Poetry & Pussy’ Mini Tour of Ireland. (shouts to the legendary 2 Johns for that one – we can’t wait to come back!!!)

Willo Wispa & Ralph Rip Shit featured on the Feb Cover CD for HHC as the best up and comers in the country. Ralph also had a funny interview up in there so peep it whilst you can.

Paul B‘s brand new mixtape is here… SNEAKERFREAXXX – it’s dope. Run to the store to grab it.

Filming for Mudmowth this month for a half of a show on HTV dedicated to the beast that is Mud. Talking of Mud his press shots for his forthcoming 12″ and album are complete – prepare for the horror…

Beatbox Fozzy is going from strength to strength and has just finished putting together a radio advert for FAST CAR MAGAZINE. Fozzy is also due to perform at the International Beatbox Convention @ the Southbank Centre in London on March 20th – reach that if you can…

Ruffstylz, Mud and Ralph are also featured on the soon to come ‘Metaphysical’ CD from Metabeats that we are gonna help get out and about. What we’ve heard so far is flames. It features some of the heavyweights in the scene right now. Keep your eyes on the store for more updates on that one…

Fozzy and Ruffstylz just performed at Speaker Corner in Brixton and brought them the next level in how a beatboxer and emcee really can mix and blend to push things forward and display skills whilst bring it HARD.

Barnie Rumble headed off to Oz to let them know where it’s at. At the same time P.L.O. arrived back from the states – equipped with some serious equipment and intent to make his name as the best mix engineer in the U.K. Be warned…


Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Ruffstylz just did an interview for the kind folks at Knowledge Magazine to keep the public newsified on the what we’re upto. Ask your kind local newsagent to hook you up a copy.

Also Ralph Rip Shit was recently bringing the deadpan to the ‘Big Joke’ page of the latest stunning Big Smoke Magazine. That’s one for the true heads out there to got cop. They captured his jib just right to!


Monday, April 17th, 2006

After slaying the Moneky Bar in Swansea last night we’re proud to announce some further dates in the ‘We Need More Dates…‘ Tour.

April 8th – Ralph Rip Shit, Mudmowth & Beatbox Fozzy @ Sonic Relief, Callaghans, Cardiff.
April 20th – Ruffstylz, Fozzy, Mud & Ralph @ ‘Extended Family’ Cargo, London
May 5th – P.L.O. special P.A @ Higher Learning, Cardiff.
June 1st – Ralph, Mud & Fozzy @ Speakers Corner, London.
July 6th – Ruffstylz & Beatbox Fozzy @ Speakers Corner, London.

We are currently talking to other promoters so check back soon for more updates. And if you’re a promoter whose intersted in getting an unparralled live show to come through, hit us up.


Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Ruff & Fozzy running...

The run of shows continues and damn we’re murderring it tooooo hard. Ruffstylz & Beatbox Fozzy now have a show that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s next level. I’m not just saying it – it’s truly like nothing else out there…?

Like wise Fozzy, Paul B, Ralph and Mudmowth are bringing more rowdy party style to stages relentlessly. Last night it was the turn of Sonic Relief in Cardiff to witness them bring it. Serious shouts to the crowd and the promoters for helping make it a good one.

Next gig is Cargo in London on the 20th of this month so make sure you make it out if you’re round those ways – ridculous live hip-hop don’t come around that often.


Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Well it’s the beginning of a new year and things are looking good for us and hopefully for you to!

Wanna hear what’s up with us all? Then check the fresh new interview with Beatbox Fozzy over on or keep your eyes peeled for some Ruffstylz and Breaknecks interviews coming in the new edition of HHC as well as a bunch of other places. Ruff was also lucky enough to grace the cover of the last edition of Undercover Magazine and get a damn fine review as well so pick up a copy and support the last of a great magazine. Here’s hoping they perform some phoenix flex and rise again…

Mud and Ralph were also up on XFm this Christmas Eve as part of DJ Moneyshot’s mix for the Rinse show. They did a special for Money and James Hyman over the ‘Bam Bam’ beat off The Breaknecks EP. If you missed it cry into your pillow – coz it was 1 in a million…

Anyway 2006 is gonna be big – releases from Paul B’s mixtape, Ralph’s ‘Best Name’ 12″, Lyrics Come with us on the ride people. It’ll be a pleasure to have you along…

Remember to Vote A.M.


Sunday, September 25th, 2005


Ruffstylz ‘Lyrics’ CD will be available nationwide as of Monday October 24th.

The CD is no joke and to help fire off in fitting style we will be running the launch party alongside Killa Kela and the rest of the Spit Kingdom crew at Higher Learning @ The Student Union, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October 2005.

Lyrics will be on sale for the ‘launch-night-only’ price of just five of your honest pounds. (£5.00GBP) So if you want to pick up what’s being called the best lyrical release to come come out of this country, come down, support and take away some long time coming skills. A change gon come people. It’s time for skills, substance and having an individual style to make a come back.