May 13th, 2018

Raised by Gypsies reviews The Dirty Sample’s Tuesday Nights on Cardero cassette!

Hot on the heals of a great review for Jesse Dangerously and Ambition’s new cassette, Rap Dad, Real Dad, released under the moniker The Library Steps, Raised By Gypsies blogspot come through with an excellent review for the older cassette release from The Dirty Sample, his Tuesday Nights on Cardero, with bonus cassette-only remixes.

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May 7th, 2018

Raised by Gypsies reviews Rap Dad, Real Dad tape!

Another excellent review for The Library Steps’ debut album, Rap Dad, Real Dad, this one a special review of the cassette version of the album from blog Raised by Gypsies… The review also includes a few cool shots of the tape, one of them included here.

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May 1st, 2018

Scratched Vinyl with another 9/10 review for The Mighty Rhino

Chi Chi Thalken comes through with another spectacular 9/10 review for The Mighty Rhino’s sophomore album, We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness. Give the review a read and the album a play, and see if you agree with his assessment…

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April 28th, 2018

The Mighty Rhino release party!

A message from The Mighty Rhino:

O YE FRIENDS! Hear ye, hear ye! With heart brimming with fulsome joy and merriment, it is now my incalculable honour to announce to you that I, THE MIGHTY RHINO, am to perform a LIVE RAP SHOW on Friday, May 4th, at Revival Bar in Toronto, to celebrate the release of my staggering, wonderful second album, “WE WILL NO LONGER RETREAT INTO DARKNESS”! Come one, come all, and be refreshed by the vivifying breezes of joy, and get your faces melted CLEAN OFF by the magnificent bangerational rapps, as I regale you with wondrous songs from across my catalogue, from stirring new hits like “Every Atom” and “The Royal We” to time-honoured classics like “Company Policy” and “Stay Up”, and my gifted and glorious co-conspirators – MORE OR LES, JESSE DANGEROUSLY, ULTRA MAGNUS & DJ SLAM, DJ BOSH FLIMSHAW, and a host of others who are to make riotously entertaining guest appearances – send you all soaring into such heights of pleasure that you exclaim, “Wow!”, and proceed to dance for joy all night! What a true happiness it is for me to welcome you all to this wonderful event! 8PM doors, 9PM show, Rhino on by 11PM, $10, more details to be posted shortly! #RhinoSalute! WOO!

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April 28th, 2018

Scratched Vinyl gives 9/10 review to Rap Dad, Real Dad

Chi Chi Thalken at Scratched Vinyl seemed to enjoy the new album from The Library Steps (Jesse Dangerously and Ambition)…

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April 28th, 2018

RapReviews reviews Rap Dad, Real Dad

6.5 isn’t too bad for

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April 27th, 2018

The Mighty Rhino – We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness

Track List:

1. We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness
2. Establishing Shot (ft. Big Rube)?
3. Blue Suit Pimpin’
4. Stay Up
5. Resplendent (ft. D-Sisive & Prince Po)?
6. Every Atom
7. How Ya Like That (ft. Ultra Magnus & Donny Yonder)?
8. Front Row Seat (ft. Carlos Ford)?
9. Wolves In The Cellar (ft. Adam Bomb)?
10. The One You Need?
11. The Shit That Will Fuck You Up (ft. Myka 9)?
12. Sons of the Boulevard (ft. OG Big Mike & Illvibe)?
13. Basically Jesus (ft. Jesse Dangerously, I Am Joseph, More Or Les & Cam James)?
14. ‘Til The Lights Go Out (ft. Big Rube & Witchdoctor)
15. Wonderful Thing (ft. The Divine Sweetness Singers)?
16. The Royal We

Defckon produced tracks 2 and 11
Remot produced tracks 3, 6, 8, 14, and 16
Digs produced tracks 4, 9, and 13
MisterE produced track 5
Red Dot produced track 7
Measuring Man produced track 10
Tokyo Cigar produced track 12
Michael Nosratolláh Ferguson produced track 15

The Divine Sweetness Singers are Nancy Dinnigan, Alina Akiba Gershuny-Jadduroy, Madelyne Maingot, Kathryn Merriam, Rachel Alicia Nadira Naipaul, Esther Townshend, Jennie Worden, Dorona Mia Zierler, and Zell “Papa Rhino” Goodbaum!
?Divine Sweetness Singers choir conducted by Marie-Josée “MJ” Cyr?
Divine Sweetness Singers recorded by Michael Nosratolláh Ferguson at the Toronto Baha’i Centre?

Notion recorded Rhino’s vocals on 1, 2, 7, 11, 12 and 14, and mixed 1, 2, 7, 9, 11 and 12 at IllNote Studios, Scarborough
Measuring Man recorded Rhino’s vocals on 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 16, and mixed 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 at Silverbirch Productions, Toronto

Album mastered by Andy Krehm at Silverbirch Mastering, Toronto

Photograph by Steve Kean

Art Design by Andy P. Quinlan

April 22nd, 2018

The Mighty Rhino!

The razzle-dazzlin’est, showstoppin’est star in all of Canadian underground hip-hop returns! Six long years after notching up Toronto Independent Music Award and International Songwriting Competition nominations for his signature song “Company Policy” and winning rave reviews for his debut album, He Whom The Beat Sets Free Is Free Indeed, The Mighty Rhino is back on the scene, ready to rip mics, stomp stages and astonish crowds with his stellar sophomore set, We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness!
?Called “electric” by Maclean’s magazine, “a legend in the making” by Torontoist, and “one of the best things to happen to hip-hop” by Billy Danze of the legendary M.O.P., and co-signed by rap glitterati from Shad and Brother Ali to Jeru The Damaja and Masta Ace, Rhino has partnered with the storied underground institution Hand’Solo Records (Moka Only, Buck 65) to release another album of galvanizing, electrifying, atom-smashing hip-hop – equal parts thoughtful introspection and pure out-and-out buss-ya-head-open bangeration. With a ferocious “What if Busta Rhymes were a preacher?” mic presence and an onstage dynamism that has to be seen to be believed, Rhino is a truly captivating, sui generis artist. One moment he’s contemplating “the core realities of the universe” on “Front Row Seat” or gleefully scaling the heights of reverence and blasphemy at once on the staggering “The Royal We”; the next he’s recruiting an army of gifted guests to stomp a hole in your ribcage.

And what a remarakble murderer’s row he’s assembled for this vital task! Prince Po, of old-school East Coast titans Organized Konfusion, and Toronto’s premier avant-gardist, D-Sisive, join Rhino to wreck shop on the mind-crushing lead single “Resplendent”. From the West Coast, Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship drops by for a taut and clever 16 on “The Shit That Will F—k You Up”. Juno-wiinner Adam Bomb (Freedom Writers, Naturally Born Strangers) goes toe-to-toe with an on-fire Rhino on the deadly “Wolves In The Cellar”. Illvibe, winner of Season 2, Episode 1 of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person, floats all over “Sons of the Boulevard”. No fewer than three shining gems of the Dirty South—Rap-A-Lot Records OG Big Mike (of The Geto Boys and The Convicts), and Dungeon Family stalwarts Big Rube and Witchdoctor—show up to work their magic. Rhino’s new supergroup, Champions of Everything, with Donny Yonder and Ultra Magnus, debuts their first single, “How Ya Like That”. There’s even an exceptionally strong appearance from Rhino’s oldest and closest friend in the rap game, More Or Les, who shines on the ridiculous “Basically Jesus”.

But at the end of the day, this is still Rhino’s show, whether he’s “blue suit pimpin’” at the outset, trying on a dizzzying array of new and complex flows, penning another achingly beautiful breakup song in “Every Atom”, cracking hip-hop’s first-ever Steve Reich joke on “The One You Need”, or going all the way left, with a choir in tow, on the gorgeous Otis Redding-flavoured interfaith gospel song “Wonderful Thing”. The Mighty Rhino and Hand’Solo Records are so very proud to present We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness, a delicious and delightful work of hip-hop art. Rhino salute!

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April 21st, 2018

The Mighty Rhino – “Resplendent” featuring D-Sisive & Prince Po

On Monday, The Mighty Rhino drops the first single from his sophomore album, We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness. “Resplendent” is a slamming posse cut produced by Backburner’s MisterE, and also featuring D-Sisive and Prince Po of Organized Konfusion. Artwork by Adam Selene.

April 19th, 2018

Picked up these beauties today…

Silver Sailor and Gold Bear versions of Rap Dad, Real Dad cassettes from The Library Steps, with bonus song “Time4Real2”. Artwork by Thesis Sahib.

One too bright. One too dark. Two too dope!