August 26th, 2015

More Or Les opening for Blackalicious

Big news as More Or Les opens for Blackalicious this Friday.

Here’s all the info you should need:

Blackalicious with New Breed Brass Band & More Or Les

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St West)
Friday August 28
Doors: 9PM / 19+
$23 advance

Advance tickets also available at Soundscapes and Rotate This.

For further info, check the Facebook event page:

August 9th, 2015

Fingers On Blast reviews Post Millennium Tension

Fingers on Blast is really feeling Post Millennium Tension! Josh called the newest from More Or Les and Recordface “a new gem” and that “we all should support these hip hop heavyweights.”

Read the review here:

August 2nd, 2015

royceBIRTH & Alex Dimez live at The Summer Rap-Up!

Back in 2010 Hand’Solo Records released a fine little EP entitled Twenty Dimez from Toronto rapper Alex Dimez that received some traction with tracks “Stormy” and “Green” featuring King Jus, and sometime in the semi-near future you should hopefully see some new music from Toronto rapper-producer royceBIRTH on Hand’Solo. So it’s exciting both are taking to the stage on the same night at The Summer Rap-Up on Friday, August 21.

Date: Friday, August 21th, 2015 (10 PM through the night)
Place: The Piper’s Pub & Grill (782 St Clair Ave West, Toronto)

Featuring performances by

Denise Deion
Alex Dimez
DJ Shortcut

with special guests Classick and Flash Milla

Hosted by Marli Superstar


And I’ve got word the food is delicious, too!

For more info, check the Facebook Event page here:

August 1st, 2015

Weekend @ Burgie’s – Episode 16

For the One Year Anniversary of his podcast, Weekend At Burgie’s, Wordburglar takes a break from the interviews and goes solo. He answers questions from the mailbag, as long promised, and debuts three tracks from his upcoming album, Rapplicable Skills.

Spend the long weekend with Burgie!

Listen to the podcast here:

August 1st, 2015

Wordburglar’s Toronto & Halifax release parties for Rapplicable Skills

Wordburglar has opted to self-release his upcoming album Rapplicable Skills much as he did his successful Welcome to Cobra Island (if you don’t own that one, pick it up!), but the staff here at Hand’Solo Records (read: me) are still big fans and can’t wait for the upcoming release party in Toronto. And for those of you in his hometown of Halifax, Burg is also heading home to treat you to your own release party.

Here’s what you need to know for both shows:

Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015 (doors at 9:30)
Place: The Garrison (1197 Dundas West)

Featuring performances by

More or Les
Peter Project
DJ Slam & Ultra Magnus

Hosted by Canadian Comedy Award Winner Sandy Jobin-Bevans

$10 gets you in AND a copy of the CD!

For more info on the Toronto show, check the Facebook Event page here:

Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015
Place: Gus’ Pub (2605 Agricola St)

Featuring performances by

Peter Project
Uncle Fester
plus more to be announced

$10 Gets you into the show PLUS a copy of the CD!

For more info on the Halifax show, check the Facebook Event page here:

The Halifax release party will also be one of the locations used in the video for the first single from new album Rapplicable Skills. Come out to the show and be part of the video. You can check the single and ode to Halifax, “Channel Halifax”, on his Bandcamp page, where you can also pre-order the album if you’re unable to attend either show.

July 19th, 2015

New song from Ultra Magnus & SLAM!

As you’re probably already aware, I’m a big fan of Toronto’s Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! They’re currently cooking up some exciting concoctions for their sophomore album. In the meantime, their newest work, “Grindin’,” is another excellent collaboration with M.O. Littles, who appeared twice on Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!’s The Raw. “Grindin’” can be downloaded for free on its own or as part of M.O. Littles’ collaboration EP entitled The Top Off. Give the song a listen…

About “Grindin’”:

Toronto rappers and frequent collaborators M.O. Littles & Ultra Magnus team up over a smooth DJ SLAM! soundscape to highlight the harsh reality of being a hip hop artist in Canada.

Written and performed by M.O. Littles & Ultra Magnus
Produced by DJ SLAM!
From the EP The Top Off by M.O. Littles

About M.O. Littles:

Critically acclaimed Canadian rapper M.O. Littles has laid a solid foundation for his career with sales of thousands of copies of his albums, and supporting Canadian, American, European, and South American tours with international stars Bone Thugs N Harmony, MGK, The Beatnuts, AZ, Statik Selektah, Termanology and Demigodz. M.O. has collaborated with Madchild, Juju (of the Beatnuts), Termanology, and SonReal; has received multiple FACTOR grants; recently won the top spot in the hip hop category for the Song Of The Year Competition; and has showcased at Canadian Music Week and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Conference & Awards.

About Ultra Magnus & SLAM!:

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!. The Raw is available on Bandcamp:



July 13th, 2015

More Or Les live at Crosswires on July 26

More Or Les will be performing on July 26, 2015 along with Childs, Proof of Ghosts, and Doc Pickles, who also hosts. Visuals from General Chaos and music by DJ Gio Zan.

Best of all, it’s Pay What You Can!

For more info, check the Facebook Event page:

July 13th, 2015

Catch Primordial Emcee at RevFest in Guelph, ON

Primordial Emcee will be performing a set at RevFest, a hip hop music festival in Guelph, Ontario featuring rappers, DJs, breakers and writers. Swollen Members’ Mad Child is headlining the event! The festival is October 6, and Hand’Solo Records should have released Prime’s new album, X-Faction 2: Reanimated, by then.

For more info, check the Facebook Event page here:

July 10th, 2015

Fandomania reviews Post Millennium Tension

Another great review for the new EP from More Or Les and Recordface, this time from Chad Walker for Fandomania.

Chad provides a pretty good rundown of many of the tracks, but for those with a short attention span he concludes the review stating [spoiler alert]: “In short, Post Millennium Tension is a really great album. I highly recommend that you go grab it right now.”

He also reviews My Giants, the new EP from Backburner members Timbuktu, Ambition and Uncle Fester.

Read both reviews (and more) here:

July 10th, 2015

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! live with D-Sisive tomorrow!

Last minute announcement! Sure, I should have posted this sooner. Still, if you’re not doing anything tomorrow night (Saturday, July 11, 2015) or even if you’re doing something that isn’t really life-altering, you should really check out this excellent rap show. Ultra Magnus & SLAM! are always a pleasure live and really are a must-see act, but the night also features Canadian rap legend D-Sisive, the rapidly rising rap star iLLvibe, and the rap/punk/jazz stylings of Myer Clarity. Rumour has it The Mighty Rhino may also make an appearance. This is as dope as a line-up gets!

For more info, check the Facebook Event page here: