May 8th, 2019

$5 Rap Show 9 Year Anniversary… with Mathematik!

Somehow we’ve made it 9 years in this crazy rap night business… And we’re celebrating in style, with some of our favourite $5 Rap Show acts, Toronto rap legend Mathematik, and as with every year, birthday cake!

$5 RAP SHOW… More rap than you pay for!


on Saturday, May 25, 2019
at Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave, Toronto)

Featuring performances by:

Swamp Thing
Ultra Magnus

And your veteran hosts of 9 years

That’s a lot of acts so PERFORMANCES START AT 930 PM. Come early so you don’t miss any of these amazing acts – and you don’t wanna miss the cake!

Facebook Event Page for more info:

May 6th, 2019

Tachichi LIVE at Dance Cave in Toronto on May 16!

Halifax rap vet Tachichi takes to the road for new album Top Ten on Hand’Solo.

Toronto show support:
DJ Mark Mackay
+ special guests!

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Show at 10 PM

Dance Cave
529 Bloor St West (2nd Floor)

Only $10

Facebook Event Page:

May 4th, 2019

May the 4th be with you!

Wordburglar hopes to make your Star Wars Day an even bigger joy with his new 3-song EP of Star Wars songs… It’s my pick for best music to celebrate the big day!

Metaphors be with you! Wordburglar has the rhymes you’ve been looking for with his new EP trilogy of galactic jams just in time for May The 4th. Featuring interstellar production from Milk Plus, Timbuktu, Diagnostik80 and Fresh Kils, with cuts by More Or Les, this epic 3-song EP has Wordburglar delving into some of the most obscure corners of your favourite sci-fi mythology with highly engaging and entertaining results worthy of repeat listens.

All songs written and performed by Wordburglar
Track 1 beat production by Milk Plus
Track 2 beat production by Timbuktu
Track 3 beat production by Diagnostik80 with Fresh Kils
All cuts by More Or Les

Tracks 1 & 3 recorded and mixed by Fresh Kils at the Kilzone in Toronto, Ontario.
Track 2 recorded and mixed by Timbuktu at FUN Studios in Toronto, Ontario.
Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Mos Eisley Rap Show Artwork by Jason Loo

May 3rd, 2019

Mickey O’Brien interview on Word Is Bond Radio Show

Mickey O’Brien called in Tuesday night to Word is Bond Rap Radio with DJ Chase March and Daddy J to talk about his new album, “My Drift,” his profession as a miner, and a whole lot about hip hop. Listen here

Or click the link to play it on their site:

April 26th, 2019

Touch & The Dirty Sample release Jawz! Out now!

Everyone knows Jaws is a fictional creation—a fisherman’s tale, like the one that got away. Except it’s YOU that got away, only so you can live to spread the legend. Whenever you dip your toe into veiled waters, that enormous, tumultuous, mythical creature can gnaw its way from the back of your mind to the forefront of your nightmares. You thought you were safe. You believed your surroundings were benevolent. You convinced yourself that you were in control. But, in less time than it takes you to gauge the water’s temperature, a shark can swallow you whole—or simply take a souvenir, like a leg or a forearm. Right now you may consider yourself the king of your block, the ruler of your people, the OG, or the G.O.A.T., but sharks live amongst us all, and they can smell your unease and taste your apprehension. Next time you tread into deep water, be aware of your surroundings because Touch & The Dirty Sample are on the hunt as Jawz.

01. Jawz (intro)
02. Keep It Moving
03. I Don’t Write
04. Pugilistic (co-produced by Loophole)
05. No More
06. Long De-Vision
07. Zaat Interlude
08. Gangsta Shit
09. Cheap Skate
10. Deep Water (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)
11. Time Line
12. Canada Day
13. A Touch Joint
14. Consignment
15. Down You Go
16. Psychometry
17. Quint Dies (outro)

All tracks written and performed by Touch, except track 10 written and performed by Touch, Apeface and Ghettosocks

All tracks produced by The Dirty Sample, except track 4 produced by The Dirty Sample and co-produced by Loophole

Mixed by The Dirty Sample
Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Art design by Ghettosocks

April 25th, 2019

Damaged Goods interview with The Mighty Rhino

Jess & Illy attempt to tame The Mighty Rhino

On this episode the trio talk:
– The Mighty Rhino’s life and career
– Deep religious stuff!
– How to be happy
– The 3 voices in your brain debating every decision

It’s certainly magnificent, like The Mighty Rhino himself!

check more Damaged Goods here:

April 25th, 2019

Jawz CDs have arrived!

April 20th, 2019

Celebrate 4/20 with “No More” FREE DL from Touch & The Dirty Sample!

It’s April 20th, the first 4/20 in Canada since marijuana was legalized. Touch & The Dirty Sample have the perfect song for just such an occasion. “No More” is off upcoming album Jawz, dropping April 26 on Hand’Solo Records. Over The Dirty Sample’s laid back, jazzy production, Touch celebrates our newfound freedoms and all the things we don’t have to worry about no more. The song is a perfect pairing with the date, so “No More” will be released April 20, ahead of the album, and is available free to download all day. Download “No More” and… let’s get high!

Lyrics written and performed by Touch
Produced and mixed by The Dirty Sample
Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Art Design by Ghettosocks

April 17th, 2019

Record Recollection recollects Psybo’s Wherewithal

Last year Hand’Solo Records finally released the long-awaited album from Psybo, Wherewithal. The historical hip hop blog Record Recollection did a little interview with Psybo regarding the album and its release. A great read for fans of Psybo, Toolshed, or the Backburner crew.

Read the full interview here:

April 8th, 2019

Touch & The Dirty Sample – 1st single is Deep Water (feat Apeface & Ghettosocks)

Don’t move. Don’t breath. Try as hard as you can to slow the beat of your heart to an undetectable rhythm. And just when you think it’s safe, out of the “Deep Water” swims Jawz! The Dirty Sample hones in on the electromagnetic frequency emitted by your worst fears and produces a sound to trigger a feeding frenzy in fellow apex predators Touch and Ghettosocks. Drowning is preferable for any unsuspecting meal that encounters these three hungry sharks as they flow through the “Deep Water”. For the first single from their upcoming summer blockbuster, Jawz, dropping April 26 on Hand’Solo Records, Touch & The Dirty Sample are joined by guest Ghettosocks on the raps and art design, and receive a remix from Illions (The Dirty Sample and Metawon). “We on top of the food chain, and you what we chewin’…”

01 – Deep Water (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)
02 – Deep Water (Radio Edit) (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)
03 – Deep Water (Illions Remix) (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)
04 – Deep Water (Illions Remix Radio Edit) (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)
05 – Deep Water (instrumental)
06 – Deep Water (Illions Remix instrumental)
07 – Deep Water (acapella) (feat. Apeface & Ghettosocks)

Written and performed by Apeface, Touch and Ghettosocks
Produced by The Dirty Sample, except tracks 3, 4, and 6 remixed by Illions (The Dirty Sample and Metawon)
Mixed by The Dirty Sample
Mastered by Dorc for Banging Masters
Art design by Ghettosocks