August 27th, 2016

Exclaim Magazine premiered the video for Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!’s first single, “Thirst Trap” from their upcoming sophomore album Magnus Opus.

Check out the video and write-up here: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/ultra_magnus_and_dj_slam_-thirst_trap_video

August 25th, 2016

HAN026 – Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! – Magnus Opus (out September 2, 2016)

Track Listing:

01. Day 1 (Intro)
02. Criddown ft Dan-e-o
03. Thirst Trap
04. Half Life ft. Kondriah
05. 4 Tha People ft Snaggapuss
06. The Message ft The Mighty Rhino
07. Junglist Soldier ft Kondriah & Practical Stylist
08. North Is In The House ft Dynamic
09. Ground Zero (skit)
10. Bossanova
11. Echo [prod by Philosophy]
12. Technicolour Dream
13. Now You Know ft Mer [prod by Rayne Drop]

Lyrics written and performed by Ultra Magnus except where noted
Recording, mixing, DJing and production by DJ SLAM! except “Echo” produced by Philosofly and “Now You Know” produced by Rayne Drop.
Additional vocals on “Day 1″ and “Ground Zero” by Frankie C
“Thirst Trap” features vocals by Rayne Riley

Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Artwork by Amy Lloyd

Website Links:

Ultra Magnus Facebook
Ultra Magnus Twitter
DJ SLAM! Facebook
DJ SLAM! Twitter
DJ SLAM! Bandcamp

August 10th, 2016

$5 Rap Show on Aug 11 w/ Alex Dimez, Primordial, Jesse D and Stinabomb

Yeah, it’s short notice, but a bunch of Hand’Solo artist will be rapping at $5 Rap Show on Thursday, August 11 at Handlebar.

$5 Rap Show – August Edition

featuring…

Jesse Dangerously
Primordial
Stinabomb
Alex Dimez

Music supplied by More Or Les
Hosted by Wordburglar

Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave, Toronto)
When: Thursday, August 11, 2016 (doors at 9:00, show at 10:00)
Cost: $5 (obvious!)

19+

Check the Facebook event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619380448378179/

June 3rd, 2016

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! on The Eh List Tour!

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! are currently on tour with Dynamic Ya Favourite Lightskin for Bring Ya Eh Game’s The Eh List Tour. Here’s the flyer… Check below for the Facebook event links for info on each show…

June 2 – Ottawa, ON
The Bourbon Room
w/ Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, Dynamic, Ramone, Circa Beatz, Aspects, Poetic Elements, EQ, Shariq Devonte, and Dev Dirty
$10
https://www.facebook.com/events/1691997001017905

June 3 – Montreal, QC
TRH-Bar
w/ Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, Dynamic, Ramone, Spesh K, Circa Beatz & Coogi Carter, Ape Mob, Moun Fou, and Tokyokid
$10
https://www.facebook.com/events/977628458959577/

June 9 – Toronto, ON
The Central
w/ Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, Dynamic, Ramone, Spesh K, Leoh Davis, Gee Wunder, Set 2, Mezziah, Divo, Leondro, and Big Caeser
$10
https://www.facebook.com/events/1398808396812400/

June 17 – London, ON
Gordy’s Brewhouse
w/ Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, Dynamic, Spesh K, Casper the Ghost, Kehmak, Sharky, and Jux Cain
$10
https://www.facebook.com/events/501327146718929/

May 30th, 2016

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! on HOTT TV

Nearing completion on their sophomore album, Magnus Opus, Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! took some time out to talk to HOTT TV and kick a little verse. Their rooftop discussion, with the CN Tower in the background, opens the season 4 finale of Nisa Hott’s Roger’s Cable show…

May 23rd, 2016

Hand’Solo Records nominated for CUT Awards

Supporting some of my boys yesterday by voting for them in the Canadian Urban Television Hip Hop Awards I discovered Hand’Solo Records is nominated for Independent Label of the Year. It would be a real kick to win this honour in the same year we celebrate 20 years releasing music. Anyway, I’d love your vote, multiple times or even just once…

And while you’re there, show some love to DJ Slam for DJ of the Year and royceBIRTH’s Art On Fire!! for Rap Album of the Year…

1nce Again, VOTE…

Independent Label of the Year: Hand’Solo Records
DJ of the Year: DJ Slam!
Rap Album of the Year: royceBIRTH – Art on Fire!!

Vote Often! Vote Here: http://www.cuthiphopawards.com/voting/

May 18th, 2016

$5 Rap Show – 6th Anniversary

Only one more week until the $5 Rap Show celebrates 6 years serving up awesome live hip hop with some of our favourite rap friends at our new home, Handlebar in Kensington Market.

$5 RAP SHOW 6TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

with:
SWAMP THING & PETER PROJECT
ULTRA MAGNUS & DJ SLAM
WORDBURGLAR
MORE OR LES
ADVICE
CHAMPA

music:
MORE OR LES

THURSDAY MAY 26 | 2016
HANDLEBAR
159 AUGUSTA AVENUE [toronto]

$5
9pm DOOR

Check the Facebook Event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/480722348785135/

May 18th, 2016

Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! live with D-Sisive

On Saturday, May 21, Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM! play their first show in Toronto since Magnus returned triumphant from his tour of Western Canada with royceBIRTH. They’ll be opening for D-Sisive as he records his set for a live concert release. He’s picked the right act to warm up the crowd. Frequent D-Sisive collaborator Muneshine will provide the tunes for the night. Come out and be part of this historic event!

D-SISIVE – SLOB OPERA LIVE

*show will be filmed for concert release*

with: ULTRA MAGNUS & DJ SLAM
music: MUNESHINE

SATURDAY MAY 21 | 2016
SILVER DOLLAR ROOM
486 SPADINA AVENUE [toronto]

$10
9pm DOOR | 10pm SHOW

a night of sad stories and songs.

Check the Facebook Event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113809995327258

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.

THE TEAM UP:

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

@UltraMagnusMC

royceBIRTH:
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

@royceBIRTH

TOUR DATES AND INFO:

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
* NOTE: ULTRA MAGNUS WILL NOT BE PERFORMING IN CALGARY
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
* NOTE: royceBIRTH WILL NOT BE PERFORMING IN RED DEER
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1091219624262719/

May 5 – SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN at Vangelis
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…