April 28th, 2016

Ultra Magnus & royceBIRTH Western Canada Tour

Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH team up to tour Alberta, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, both for the first time. At each tour stop they will be joined by other great hip hop acts, both local and national. If you live near any of these locations, we’d love to have you out. You’ll definitely get a great show you won’t forget.


Ultra Magnus:
Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! is everything the world needs during these tumultuous uncertain times. Another DJ and the 10,000th rapper this week, and from Canada, no less. But what sets this duo apart from the rest is they make music not for their contemporaries but for dental assistants, public servants, Puerto Rican goths, Filipino vampires, sexual deviants, 1990s ravers, dads, people with three dads, your dad, Big Daddy Kane, and you. Yes, even you, rap fan, should find something to like in the rhythmic bleating of Ultra Magnus and the steady beatitude of DJ SLAM!.

Video: https://youtu.be/JUzY-etcb6c
Bandcamp: https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-raw


royceBIRTH has contributed soundscapes to the likes of Rich Kidd, Tona, D.O. and to Ghettosocks’ Juno-nominated album Treat of the Day (“Rappin For Fun”). He has also proved he can hold his own on the mic, sharing the stage with Jeru Da Damaja, k-os, K’Naan, and Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest). In a time where art is easily imitated and duplicated, royceBIRTH searches for ways to preserve the craft, and add his own twist to the mix. His third and newest album, Art On Fire!!, displays a true visionary at work by turning instruments upside down, flipping soul samples into full-driven punk records, and taking music into an unexplored territory yet to be heard. Always creative, forever determined, this is royceBIRTH.

Video: https://youtu.be/Nn5sp6Bt0HA
Bandcamp: https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com/album/art-on-fire



April 28 – EDMONTON, ALBERTA at Brixx
Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH join the Banned From Walmart Tour
with Bender (Flight Distance / KOTD), Touch, JReds + Weezl, Boosh & The Dip, Fatty Jones, Nixon da Crook, and Lil Meecs
$17.50 in advance / $22.50 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1230014050357043/

April 29 – DRAYTON VALLEY, ALBERTA at Scout Hall
Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH join the Banned From Walmart Tour
with Bender (Flight Distance / KOTD), Touch, JReds + Weezl, Geoff Sparkes, Chad L.E. McGhei, Catalyst Loa, McNoly, A-Dub, and Blak Lite District
$5.00 in advance / $10.00 at the door
* ALL AGES SHOW! No alcohol or drugs
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/538473403002555/

April 30 – LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA at Inferno
Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH join the Banned From Walmart Tour
with Bender (Flight Distance / KOTD), Touch, JReds + Weezl, L-Rev, and Aerosubtle
$10 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1589373181377502/

May 1 – CALGARY, ALBERTA at Distortion
royceBIRTH joins the Banned From Walmart Tour
with Bender (Flight Distance / KOTD), Touch, JReds + Weezl, Saintanik, Billy Bi$hop, Majic, THE V!NZ, and Chad L.E. McGhei
$15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/833347060104620/

May 1 – RED DEER, ALBERTA at Wild Bill’s Sports Bar & Event Center
Ultra Magnus joins the Stoner Nation Tour
with Demrick (Baxwar), Ultra Magnus, Ms Teaze, K.B.L., Skyler Durden, Johnny Alwayzfresh, and Dom Sawyer
$20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1091219624262719/

Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH
with Chaps and Nolto, T-Rhyme, Mer, Rayne Drop, and DJ Heywood
$10.00 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1565856737045678/

May 6 – WINNIPEG, MANITOBA at The Pyramid
Ultra Magnus and royceBIRTH join the release party for Big Bear & Royal T’s Silver Foxes
with Big Bear & Royal-T, Blackout and a special set by the Deepcave Records crew
$10.00 at the door
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/533284683538475/

Check the Facebook Event Page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1603442143311126/

April 8th, 2016

Alex Dimez release party on 4/20

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate 4/20, or just want to see some good hip hop happening on April 20, 2016, check out the FREE live listening party for Alex Dimez’s new album Once Upon A Dimez…

Where: Piper’s Pub (782 St Clair West, Toronto)
When: April 20, 2016
Time: 10 PM
Cost: FREE

Hosted by DANK (of The Dilla Foundation, Frank N Dank and T To The D)
Music by DJ Shortcut
Featuring surprise guests!

And special edition 4:20 copies of Once Upon A Dimez will be available…

March 21st, 2016

$5 Rap Show – March 24 – Easter Edition!

$5 Rap Show returns on Thursday, March 24 to start the Easter long weekend off with a bang! The Mighty Rhino makes an explosive return to the $5 Rap Show stage, and he’s one not to miss! Also performing that night are Raeshaun and Advice, two passionate local MCs who are making their first appearance at 5DRS. Come on out and show them some love.

And, of course, as always, your host for the night, Wordburglar, and DJ for the night, More Or Les, are also likely to provide you with a bit of entertainment from their own catalogues.

All for only 5 dollars


The Mighty Rhino
More Or Les

Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave)
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Doors: 9PM
Cost: $5

For more info, check the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/605833969570703/

March 21st, 2016

royceBIRTH presents: One Mic

This Saturday, March 26, royceBIRTH will be performing a special live set…

Join royceBIRTH on March 26 performing select cuts from his debut album, theREBIRTH, entirely REMIXED for an improv/revamped feel. Expect an intimate and interactive evening.

As part of the interactive experience, artists are invited to come out, and jam on the selected songs.

royceBIRTH presents: One Mic
March 26th,2016
Unit 2 (163 Sterling Road – Dundas St. West/Lansdowne)
Show starts at 7 pm
Pay What You Can


For more info, check the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1123923884327226/

March 15th, 2016

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! St Patrick’s Day show

If you’re in the GTA and looking for something to do on St Patrick’s Day (March 17), look no further… Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! are playing a PWYC show with some other forward thinking producers and MCs at Handlebar for Frequencies.

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!
Jim Junior
Lion, Meet Lizard (Netherlands)
Ted Kennedy

Jack Moves

Live visuals from Thrift Shop Dead Drop

When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave, Toronto)
Cost: PWYC as always.


Check the Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/473911269486227/

March 11th, 2016

More Or Les and Recordface release video & new track

More Or Les and Recordface have released a new video for their track “Heads Down” from their album Post Millennium Tension, and accompany it with a DJ Pack of the single including unreleased bonus track “Drugs”. Check out the video and then head over to Bandcamp for the DJ Pack…

Written and performed by More Or Les
Produced by Recordface
Video filmed and directed by IllVibe

You’re probably doing it right and don’t even know it. You’re staring into a lit-up screen, right now. Checking emails, checking texts, looking on Facebook, reading a playlist, swiping through pics. You’re doing it right now. And it’s cool – More Or Les does it too. Doing that’s not the problem – doing that all the time over all else instead of interacting with your loved ones, or taking care of someone, or paying attention to the road – doing THAT is the problem. This bass-heavy song with tight drums is about all of that. Recordface and Les only want your attention for four and a half minutes – take a break from instagram, Reddit, 9Gag and whatever the latest crazy thing Kanye said and peep a song about the thing you love the most – your Portable Electronic Device…

Unafraid of complicated subjects, Les dove right into a matter that has no easy answers – the Pharma industry – and how people’s lives are affected by the perceptions of medical drug use and mental health. This song is available only on the “Heads Down” DJ pack – an exclusive track on an elusive topic. With crazy scratching over psychedelic guitars and moody bass.

February 24th, 2016

Fake For Real reviews royceBIRTH’s Art On Fire

Thanks to Sylvain Bertot, who has come through with a review for royceBIRTH’s Art On Fire!! album for Fake For Real. The review is in French, but here is a terribly translated English version courtesy of Google Translate:

Or read the untranslated French version here: http://www.fakeforreal.net/index.php/post/2016/ROYCEBIRTH-Art-On-Fire

February 24th, 2016

More Or Les live at Hip Hop Fusion on February 27

More Or Les joins Xoana and Mayraki at Hip Hop Fusion in Toronto on Saturday, February 27. All the fun happens in the back room of the The Cameron House!

Here’s all the info you should need:

Xoana (Toronto)
Smooth jazz meets hip hop grooves like meatballs on spaghetti.

More Or Les (Toronto)
Classic vibes on that old school flow.

Mayraki (Toronto)
Raw. Driven. Funky. FRESH.

Where: The Cameron House (408 Queen St West, Toronto)
When: February 27, 2016 (doors at 9pm)
How Much: $10

For more info, check the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552746188217973/

February 24th, 2016

More Or Les live in Brooklyn, New York on March 12

More Or Les will be joining nerdcore rappers Kadesh Flow, Eye-Q and Schaffer the Darklord for a show at 5th Estate in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, March 12.

Here’s all the info you should need:

KADESH FLOW (Kansas City, MO)
Kansas City-based emcee/trombonist who has produced for Toonami Asia.

EYE-Q (Orlando, FL)
Florida-based (but Brooklyn native) MC/poet who recently dropped a concept album about Attack on Titan.

MORE OR LES (Toronto, ON)
Toronto-based MC/DJ/producer who writes a lot of songs about food. Specifically, brunch.

NYC-based rapper/comedian who rants about sex, drugs and therapy.

Where: Fifth Estate (506 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
When: Saturday, March 12th (doors at 8pm / show at 9pm)
How much: $10

For more info, check the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/533747683473046/

February 20th, 2016

Save 50% on The Raw all weekend!

Exciting times!

Today marks the One Year Anniversary of the release of ?The Raw?, the debut album from Toronto rap duo Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! on Hand’Solo Records. To celebrate, the album is available all weekend long at 50% off on Bandcamp. Use “therawCD” to save on the CD, or “the raw50″ to save on digital.