September 5th, 2017

Third Verse Extra Podcast interviews me! (please listen anyway!)

Back at the end of 2017, shortly before the big 20th Anniversary celebration of Hand’Solo Records, I spoke with Chaps aka Mark Charmbury for his Third Verse radio show, discussing the history of the label, hip hop in Canada, the Bassments of Badmen series, and much more. He and Chapter Thrive have re-purposed it for their Third Verse Extra Podcast, and I’m extremely honoured to get a crazy 319 Heads illustration out of it. The Han Solo homage is awesome!

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August 11th, 2017

Primordial Emcee – Comic Relief (Official Lyric Video)

For the second single from Primordial Emcee’s X-Faction 2: Reanimated, his solo debut on Hand’Solo Records, Iron Wind merges the speakeasy jazz of the Roaring 20s with classic boom bap while Prime packs the punchlines with references to his favourite comic books. And to best honour the medium, a video of drawings and words. Halifax comic book artist Dave Howlett (SLAM-A-RAMA, The Last Paper Route) provides the fabulous artwork and Toronto’s provides the familiar lettering.

Much love to Marvel and DC…

Written and performed by Primordial Emcee (@PrimordialEmcee)
Produced by Iron Wind Beatz (@IronWindMusic)

Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters (

Artwork by Dave Howlett (@paskettiewestern)
Video by

August 2nd, 2017

MTM interview with The Dirty Sample

In a recent interview by J.Smo for Mid Tennessee Music, The Dirty Sample talks about his influences, his new album on Hand’Solo Records, and the part technology plays in music creation and promotion.

Read the interview here:

July 31st, 2017

Third Verse extra podcast interviews Backburner’s Jesse Dangerously

Please tell me my rousing endorsement has won you over at some point and you’ve been listening to the awesome companion podcast series to Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from Canadian blog Filled with great conversations between hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps with many of the best in the underground rap scene. Sweet episode 16 features Backburner’s Rap Legend Jesse Dangerously, who not only discusses hip hop, coming up in the vibrant Halifax rap scene, and the early days of Backburner, plus his announcement of the new album he’s currently recording for Hand’Solo Records, revealing a few hints and name-dropping the producer.

Or check out the show here:

July 26th, 2017

$5 Rap Show for my birthday!

This year a great wonder occurs! $5 Rap Show falls on my birthday! I have the night off, so come celebrate with me near the stage, from wherever I can best see the stacked line-up. More rap than you pay for!


Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!

And as usual, hosts More Or Les and Wordburglar!

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017
WHERE: Handlebar (159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto)
WHAT TIME: Doors 9pm, Performances 10pm
WHO: Humans 19+

For more info, check the Facebook event page:

July 2nd, 2017

Third Verse extra podcast interviews Backburner’s Thesis Sahib

By now you you’re likely aware that any discerning connoisseur of Canadian indie rap should be checking out the awesome companion podcast series to Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from Canadian blog Filled with great conversations between hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps with many of the best in the underground rap scene, you too can soon be an expert. Episode 14 features Backburner freak and bending mouth weirdo Thesis Sahib, who not only discusses hip hop and the London rap scene, but he also talks about Great Lakes surfing, touring Europe, and his art career….

Or check out the show here:

June 30th, 2017

More Or Les celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with Ice Cold Buck Fifty

On July 1 Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation, and to celebrate More Or Les has released “Ice Cold Buck Fifty,” an homage to Canadian hip hop.

Taking some time off his beat tape coming out later this summer, producer, DJ and rapper More Or Les is back with a musical homage to Canadian Hip Hop, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the country. “Ice Cold Buck Fifty” is a 100 bars non-stop tribute to rappers and producers across the country, delivered in a mostly-chronological order of discovery for this Rap-fan-later-turned-rapper. While many music enthusiasts may be familiar with names like Maestro Fresh Wes, Dream Warriors, K-OS and Shad, Les goes deep with his coverage of indie Canadian Hip Hop, citing possibly-less-familiar folks such as Jorun Bombay, Citizen Kane, The Grassroots, and his own crew, Backburner. Always a fan of extra treats, this single includes a remix of “Icarus” from the Nov. 2016 release Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble by producer The Dirty Sample, featuring Swamp Thing, Rel McCoy and Wordburglar. Living in a digital age of last-minute add-ons and perks, this single will also feature a surprise remix released on Canada Day itself…

“Ice Cold Buck Fifty”
Production, cuts and rapping by More Or Les
Mixing by Ted “Measuring Man” Onyszczak
Mastering by More Or Les

“Icarus (The Dirty Sample Remix)”
Production and mixing by The Dirty Sample
Rapping by More Or Les, Wordburglar, Savilion, Chokeules, Rel McCoy and Timbuktu
Mastering by More Or Les

June 26th, 2017

Third Verse podcast gets down and dirty with The Dirty Sample

By now you should be aware of the awesome new-ish companion podcast series from awesome Canadian radio show Third Verse, with assistance from awesome Canadian blog After all, they’re already on Episode 13 of their conversations with the best in indie Canadian hip hop. For Episode 13, hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps talk with The Dirty Sample about his come-up in hip hop, the Calgary rap scene, his prolific discography, and more. It’s worth checking out, and I’m not just saying that because of all the great things he says about Hand’Solo Records. Check it out!

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June 14th, 2017

The Dirty Sample drops Tuesday Nights on Cardero on June 16, 2017

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put the finishing touches on the new EP from The Dirty Sample. Culled from the same sessions that resulted in the three Port Authority albums, The Dirty Sample collects 8 unreleased posse cuts for this free digital EP. But we’ve also put together a special cassette release featuring a b-side cassette-only exclusive remix of the EP with all-new production from Metawon, Low Pressure founder and resident producer DJ Moves, frequent collaborator Touch (who also adds new vocals!), DJ Usdneedls (of Hidden Fortress), and Backburner’s More Or Les, Timbuktu, Savilion and Fresh Kils. Looks like you’ll have to dust off that ol’ boom box for this one!

Here’s the track list and the cover art from Ghettosocks…

Track Listing:

001. Buy Or Sell – Kaboom Atomic, Tachichi, Chaka Boy & Fatt Matt
002. Bangar – Chaka Boy, Fatt Matt, Hash Mills & Tachichi
003. Our Music – Fatt Matt, Chaka Boy & Tachichi **
004. Crows Nest – Fatt Matt & Chaka Boy **
005. Catch You Lying – Planit, Fatt Matt, Kaboom Atomic, Chaka Boy, Tachichi & Hash Mills
006. Fly – Fatt Matt, Tachichi, Lesk One & Kaboom Atomic
007. Spliff Up – Fatt Matt & Hash Mills **
008. First Dark – Fatt Matt, Chaka Boy, Hash Mills & Tachichi

Album credits:
All songs produced by The Dirty Sample except ** produced by Illions (The Dirty Sample & Metawon)
Mixing by The Dirty Sample

June 6th, 2017

Third Verse podcast with Epic is epic!

Awesome Canadian indie rap blog Ugsmag has teamed with awesome Canadian radio show Third Verse to create a companion podcast series featuring conversations with the best in indie Canadian hip hop. For Episode 10, hosts Chapter Thrive and Chaps talk with Epic about coming up in the early days of the Saskatoon, SK hip hop scene, the beef with Isosceles, the nuanced meaning behind his album title 8:30 in Newfoundland, and his quirky freestyle styles. This interview is Epic! (groan)

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