August 16th, 2019

Mickey O’Brien – Freedom lyric video & DJ Pack

It’s a revolution you can dance to! “Freedom”, the second single from Sudbury working-class rap hero Mickey O’Brien’s latest album, My Drift, is an upbeat protest jam, calling for resistance and mobilization in a time of austerity, social inequities and class struggle. Produced by JUNO-nominated MPC mastermind Fresh Kils, the Island-inspired groove is matched by a riotous reggae hook from Toronto singer Salvatori.

Visuals for “Freedom” are supplied by, for those who also like to read along…

The Dirty Sample gives the song a darker interpretation with his accompanying remix…

Lyrics written and performed by Mickey O’Brien
Additional vocals by Salvatori
Produced by Fresh Kils
Remixed by The Dirty Sample

August 14th, 2019

Primal Winds interviewed by Indie Music Discovery

This interview with Primal Winds was completed a little while back and posted more than a week ago on Indie Music Discovery.

Here’s a taste of a few questions and answers in this Q&A:

Read the full interview here:

August 13th, 2019

Hand’Solo Hip Hop Hour w/ Wordburglar & More Or Les

The rest of the $5 Rap Show crew joined me to create a one-hour episode of a radio show to help London, ON radio station CHRW 94.9fm celebrate their second annual Word Up 24 hour celebration of hip hop.

For the Hand’Solo Hip Hop Hour, More Or Les spins a selection of unreleased songs from mostly upcoming Hand’Solo albums, and Wordburglar and I provide a couple of sections of brilliant conversational interludes about early Halifax hip hop, our shared history, and what the future has in store.

The show aired on Saturday, August 10 from 5-6pm, but for those who missed the show, it’s currently available to stream along with the rest of the shows aired in that 24 hour period…


1. Hand’Solo intro (cuts by More Or Les)
2. Nerd Love instrumental (produced by Abstract Artform)
3. Scotch Tape instrumental (produced by Recordface)
4. GAS instrumental (produced by More Or Les)
5. Aunty Up – Big Bear, Daze & Royal T
6. Rhyme Shoguns – Fritz the Cat & Moves featuring hermitofthewoods & Noah23
7. Letter to the Future – royceBIRTH
8. Hip Hop Is Changing (demo) – 5.1.nine.0.2.
9. We Run the World – Alien Trap Lords
10. Donkey Feelings – Creature Box
11. Moves instrumental #1 (produced by Moves)
12. Moves instrumental #2 (produced by Moves)
13. Moves instrumental #3 (produced by Moves)
14. Wildlife instrumental (produced by Buck 65)
15. Deja Vu – Attikus
16. Soldier – Touch
17. Picard Maneuver (Red Shirt Remix) – More Or Les featuring Timbuktu, Touch & Wordburglar
18. We Came to Rock – Mickey O’Brien, Tachichi, More Or Les, Touch, Jesse Dangerously, Filthy Animals & Primal Winds
19. Full Steam – The Mighty Rhino
20. I’m on a Mission – +/-
21. instrumental (produced by Touch)
22. instrumental (produced by The Dirty Sample)
23. instrumental (produced by Recordface)
24. Cybertronnoiseur – Wordburglar

Listen here:

August 6th, 2019

Ultra Magnus joins Filthy Animals live in Winnipeg!

On his album release tour for Muziki Mzuri, Ultra Magnus joins Filthy Animals in Winnipeg for what is sure to be an amazing live show!

Featuring live performances from:

Ultra Magnus
Filthy Animals
Poetry in Motion

with music by DJ Benz

at Footwerk, 216 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg

Friday, August 9, 2019
Doors at 10 pm, show at 11 pm
$10 Advance, or $15 at door

Check the Facebook Event Page for more info:

August 6th, 2019

$5 Rap Show – August Edition

The next $5 Rap Show is Thursday August 8 2019! Beat the heat with fresh live rhymes & beats – and the best vibes in Kensington as year NINE continues at Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto.

And we obviously have a lineup to match the weather…

Featuring live performances from:


Eyeda Sophia


Mickey O’Brien

Vivek Mehmi


And your hosts with the mosts going 9 years strong:

MORE OR LES & WORDBURGLAR all night long!

Brought to you by Hand’Solo Records

PERFORMANCES START AT 9:30 pm so come early and take in all the amazing acts.

Where: Handlebar 159 Augusta Avenue
9 pm Doors / Performances 9:30 pm

Always more rap than you pay for!

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info:

July 25th, 2019

Ultra Magnus – Muziki Mzuri Tour

Ultra Magnus is out on tour as I type this. I don’t have much information, but here’s the tour flyer. If you see your city, check the local listings for further info. And if you have the chance to see Ultra Magnus live, you really don’t want to miss out… Seriously!

Tomorrow (July 25) is at Bootleg Brew Company in Corner Brook, NB.

Facebook Event Page for Corner Brook:

July 19th, 2019

Ultra Magnus – Muziki Mzuri now available!

01 – Five Days
02 – Duck
03 – Snow (feat. The Mighty Rhino)
04 – Beast
05 – Spokes
06 – Old Arrogance (feat. The Mighty Rhino)
07 – Boogs
08 – Bully
09 – That Fucking Song
10 – Pleasant
11 – Bully (Fester Remix)

All lyrics by Ultra Magnus except where noted.
Produced by Fresh Kils except “Old Arrogance” by Callum, “Boogs” and “Pleasant” by Boogie Belgique, and “Bully (Fester Remix)” remixed by Uncle Fester.
Additional vocals on “Pleasant” by Justin Ley and Meg Dunphy.

Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Artwork by Amy Lloyd

July 12th, 2019

Ultra Magnus release party for new album Muziki Mzuri

On Friday, July 19, Ultra Magnus releases his third album with Hand’Solo Records. Two days earlier, my man Magnus will celebrate the release of Muziki Mzuri with a release party in Toronto at Handlebar in Kensington Market. It’s a great album, and a great line-up for the release party! I hope to see you there!

Album Release for the Muziki Mzuri


The Mighty Rhino
and More or Les on the ones and twos

$10 cover

Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave) in Toronto

Check the Facebook event page for more info:

July 12th, 2019

Hip Hop Night at Queen St Fare w/ Backburner

Ottawa hip hop heads have the opportunity to enjoy a few of the boys from Backburner on Saturday, July 27…

Hip Hop Night at Queen St Fare


More Or Les
Jesse Dangerously

Doors at 8PM
Cost is $10 in advance or $13 at the door


Queen St. Fare (170 Queen St.) in Ottawa

Visit the Facebook event page for more info:

July 10th, 2019

RePPiN 4U reviews Road Warriors

For the second review of their new album, Road Warriors, Primal Winds receive an excellent review from Mike Dogg for RePPiN 4U. But please ignore the weird “box of chocolate” conceit that bookends the review…

Read the review here: