March 21st, 2018

By Your Command!

An early (circa ’96?) ad for Hand’Solo Records…

March 19th, 2018

New tracks from The Mighty Rhino’s sophomore album

The Mighty Rhino just shared three amazing tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, We Shall No Longer Retreat into Darkness, to be released at the end of April on Hand’Solo Records, so here they are for you enjoyment…

“Basically Jesus”

A rip-roaring, all-in-together-now posse cut featuring Jesse Dangerously, Joseph (of Chessclub), More Or Les and Cam James rockin’ over a perfect slapper of a beat by the greatest producer in canada, Digs…

“The One You Need”

A gleefully ribald sex romp in which producer The Measuring Man executes the most perfect sample-flip of all time on one of Rhino’s favourite soul songs, 1970’s Chairmen of the Board smash “Since the Days of Pigtails”, and which also features hip-hop’s only Steve Reich joke, ever!

“‘Til the Lights Go Out”

A song with Big Rube and Witchdoctor of The Dungeon Family on which the three explore love and justice and beauty and the good and the truth… and let’s be real, Witchdoctor kinda just says whatever he wants.

March 16th, 2018

Hand’Solo History Blog debuts with Derek MacKenzie!

I’ve been wanting to document some of the (so far) 22-year history of Hand’Solo Records: spotlighting and/or interviewing some of the artists who have been on the label; behind-the-scenes reveals of your favourite Hand’Solo albums, songs and videos; and (most exciting!) a look at the many projects that just never came to fruition… but they would have been awesome!

A new item has been added to the menu, and I will finally begin to blog, going back to my discovery of the Halifax hip hop scene with Derek MacKenzie and his group, Hip Club Groove. See the context of how Derek MacKenzie connects with Hand’Solo Records while exploring his music, and take a trip back to my first interview with Derek for my ‘zine, Boognish. Here’s a quick taste, but please head over to the blog or click here to see the full blog post.

“I was introduced to the Halifax hip hop scene through Derek MacKenzie and his group, Hip Club Groove…”

Read it all here:

March 2nd, 2018

Pyrate Radio interviews Derek MacKenzie (5.1.nine.0.2.)

Derek MacKenzie does his first interview in approximately a decade with Yangsta and Vadell for their show, Pyrate Radio, at CKDU. The duo discuss with Derek his early days in Hip Club Groove, how he ended up in Len, and how his new album, When a Name is Just a Number, with producer Recordface as duo 5.1.nine.0.2., came about. The show is just under an hour… Give it a listen:

March 2nd, 2018

The East interviews Tachichi

Alex Cook interviews Tachichi for, and he tries his hardest to make a case for T’s new album, Chico’s ’90s Project, as a dad rock hip-hop album, and a damn fine one at that. Does he prove his point?

Read the full article here:

February 7th, 2018

5.1.nine.0.2. debut album dropping Feb 23, 2018


(THE FINE PRINT: The winner, randomly selected, will be announced on the Hand’Solo Records Facebook and Twitter feeds. The prize will be mailed with the original pre-order.)

Track List:

1. Easy Come Down
2. All I Know (featuring D-Sisive)
3. Back Home (featuring Al Tuck)
4. Real People
5. More Money Than Friends (featuring Katie O’Brien)
6. One More Rhyme (featuring Chek Love & Speak Easy)
7. Rainbows & Unicorns
8. Water Tower
9. This Time
10. Just Like Us

Vocals – Derek MacKenzie, except where noted
Production – Recordface
Cuts on “Easy Come Down” and “Rainbows & Unicorns” by More Or Les
Cuts on “Real People” by #MaKayMobb
Mastered by Dorc
Art Design by Ghettosocks

February 1st, 2018

5.1.nine.0.2. vinyl is here!

Check out these beauties…

’nuff said!

February 1st, 2018

Middle Tennessee Music interview with Tachichi

J.Smo deserves love once again for posting yet another interview with a Hand’Solo artist on the Middle Tennessee Music blog. His interview with Tachichi talks influences, motivations, and the new album, Chico’s ’90s Project, among other things.

Here is the intro to the MTM interview with Tachichi… Click the image or the link just below it to read the full interview and listen to the album.

Read the interview here:

January 24th, 2018

$5 Rap Show on February 8, 2018

$5 Rap Show returns on February 8 at Handlebar in Kensington Market, and it’s filled with Hand’Solo Records artists past and present, including Lucha Lonely, who will be recording parts of his live set for a music video from his current album, The Bobby Lonely Story.

As the saying goes, “More rap than you pay for!”

For additional info, check the Facebook Event page at:

January 24th, 2018

Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax drops January 26!

Track List:

01. Intro ft.DJ Wakcutt
02. No Way Back
03. Two Dope Team
04. Wolfgang ft. AddVice
05. Talk About ft. Chadio
06. Like A Ninja
07. Ridiculous Conclusions
08. Shine
09. Porn Shop
10. For Sale
11. Ends Meat
12. Up My Mind
13. Surreal ft. Touch and Royal T
14. Crossbones ft. Ira Lee

All songs written by Josh Thorp and Max Prime, except where noted
All songs produced and mixed by The Dirty Sample, except track 14 produced and mixed by Metawon
Final mix by the Dirty Sample
Mastering by DJ Nato (Up In Arms Recordings)
Art design by 319 Heads