April 10th, 2014

Geek Hard review of “Carry the Fire” single

Rift & Savilion’s “Carry the Fire” has received a fair bit of blog love with listings of the single upon its release… Big shouts out to Exclaim, Hip Hop Canada, UGSMAG, Rap Reviews, Cut From Steel, Illuminati 2G, Fame Television, The Unheard Nerd and Fandomania.

But Andrew at Geek Hard deserves an extra big thanks for doing up a massive review of the song, which can be found here:


What did Andrew think? Here’s a little taste of his review:

“Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy has a new theme song with Carry the Fire. … Rift gives us a smart and soothing song about perseverance with an almost hypnotic delivery backed by a simple beat laid down by Savilion.”

April 10th, 2014

What does the Heatwave album look like on the inside?

The Underground Vault has honoured Backburner’s Heatwave album with an unboxing, which is when host Alex Kuchma unwraps a brand new album of his choice and reveals the component parts of the release. Here he is exposing the insides of a Heatwave album…

If you like that or enjoy video reviews, subscribe to his channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUndergroundVault

March 30th, 2014

Rift & Savilion are ready to Carry the Fire…

Hand’Solo Records is proud to present “Carry the Fire,” the first single and title track from the upcoming collaboration album between rapper Rift and rapper-producer Savilion. “Carry the Fire” is a rap track on which Rift, over a minimalist Savilion production anchored by a wicked beat box, boasts of his survival skills in the wilds of both music and an imaginary, post-apocalyptic world, inspired in part by Survivorman Les Stroud, Bear Grylls, Grizzly Man and the movie/book The Road. Carry the Fire drops June 2014 and features 10 tracks of laid back boom bap about love, loss, family, friends and the state of modern hip hop. Guest appearances come courtesy of Wordburglar, Chokeules, Geneva, Sulfur and more.

Stream the song or download it for free here:


While Carry the Fire is the debut album for this pairing, Rift and Sav are rap vets who have collaborated many times throughout their impressive back catalogues. Rift honed his sing-song flow as Selfhelp alongside Thesis Sahib as part of London, Ontario-based rap duo Bending Mouth with a self-titled album (2002) and vinyl EP (2004), both amongst the earliest Backburner releases, with production from Fresh Kils, Uncle Fes, Timbuktu, Jesse Dangerously and Savilion, and followed that up with two solo Selfhelp albums (Old Friends in 2009 and Broken Shadows in 2010) and an album focusing on the subject of nostalgia as The Garthim-Master (Ghosts of Nostalgia, 2011) before making a change to Rift for Carry the Fire and future projects.

Savilion came up in the Toronto rap scene as a member of weirdo rap group Creature Box, releasing one album (The Frantic Hunt for Shade, 2002) before disbanding shortly after signing to Hand’Solo Records, as well as solo work (Sound Puzzles in 2000 and Porch Steez in 2002) and a collaboration with fellow Creature Box-er Thought?Bug (Bad Sense of Smell, 2001), before turning his attention to recording and producing for other artists. He is currently a member of b-movie rap trio Swamp Thing, who have released an EP (The Grindhouse EP, 2012) and two albums (Creature Feature in 2012 and Firedogs in 2013), and he is currently working on a new solo album.

March 3rd, 2014

Bonshah tears the roof off for $5 Rap Show

The 4 Year Anniversary for $5 Rap Show was a huge success! The cake was delicious, and all of the Halifax rap legends slated to perform – Jesse Dangerously, Buck 65 and Bonshah – rocked the shit out of Rancho Releaxo. More footage is set to appear online on the $5 Rap Show YouTube page over the next few days. In the meantime, check out these two songs from Bonshah’s headlining set:

March 3rd, 2014

Wordburglar nominated for ECMA Fan Choice award!

Wordburglar’s video for “Croque Monsieur” has been nominated for the ECMA’s Fan Choice Video of the Year. Please head over to the site and do the dude a solid by voting for his video. You can vote once per day and there’s no sign up or anything. It’s just so simple!

Vote here: http://www.pei2014.ca/ecma/ecma_video

And if you still haven’t seen the video, peep the awesomeness!

(side note: Wordburglar will also be performing at the event in Charlettetown, PEI on Thursday April 3rd)

February 2nd, 2014

Part 2 of the Unheard Nerd interview with Wordburglar

The second part of the interview with Wordburglar by The Unheard Nerd has now been posted. Here the conversation is heavily skewed towards comics with a special appearance from Grandpa Funnybook.

Check Part 2 of the podcast here: http://www.theunheardnerd.com/wordburglar-side-b/

And if you missed it, check Part 1 here: http://www.theunheardnerd.com/wordburglar-side-a/

January 29th, 2014

Wordburglar footage on new Urbnet Live concert film

Urbnet has just released their first movie of live performances featuring a handful of their artists performing in Toronto. Wordburglar is one of these artists, along with Moka Only (another Hand’Solo alumnus), D-Sisive, DL Incognito, Kae Sun and more. Alongside the live footage are interviews from the artists. And for those in Toronto who often attend the $5 Rap Show hosted by Wordburglar and More Or Les, you will likely experience many moments of deja vu.

Buy or rent the movie here: https://itunes.apple.com/movie/urbnet-live-1/id776269782

January 29th, 2014

The Unheard Nerd podcast interviews Wordburglar

The first hour of a two-part interview with Wordburglar for The Unheard Nerd podcast was recently posted on their site. Burg talks about his beginnings rapping in high school with the Dregs of Society up to the release of his most recent album, Welcome to Cobra Island, released late last year. It’s a great interview, and even hardcore fans of the Burglar of Words will likely learn something new.

Check the podcast here: http://www.theunheardnerd.com/wordburglar-side-a/

January 9th, 2014

“Rap Viper” is Wordburglar’s newest video

The first video from Wordburglar self-released album Welcome to Cobra Island recently dropped…

Video produced by 3:AM Design
Beat by Mister E
Cuts by More Or Les
Raps by Wordburglar

Pick up the rest of the album for FREE here: http://propsdept.bandcamp.com

And check out this short interview excerpt for those of you curious about the idea behind “Rap Viper”:

December 4th, 2013

AUX’s 7 Canadian Emcees You Need to Hear

AUX.tv has posted their list of 7 Canadian Emcees You Need to Hear. They’ve cheated a little bit by including a couple of groups, but it’s a pretty good list with heavy Backburner representation.

Check their choices at: http://www.aux.tv/2013/12/7-canadian-emcees-you-need-to-hear/