November 27th, 2016

Scratched Vinyl reviews Bassments of Badmen 3

Completely missed this review from about a month ago… Thanks to Chi Chi Thalken and Scratched Vinyl for this great 8/10 review…

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Or read the review here: http://www.scratchedvinyl.com/?q=node/2670

November 16th, 2016

Bassments of Badmen 3 review in Fandomania

Chad Walker has included Bassments of Badmen 3 in his reviews column for Fandomania this month, and he seemed pretty excited by this 40-song, 2-CD collection celebrating 20 years for Hand’Solo Record.

Read the full review here:


Or read it here: http://fandomania.com/geek-music-reviews-for-november-2016/

November 15th, 2016

$5 Rap Show — a Backburner double release PARTY!!

Celebrating the release of brand new albums from Swamp Thing (Pray to Science) and More Or Les (Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble), $5 Rap Show is primed to be a big time party on Saturday…

Performances from:

Swamp Thing
More Or Les
Wordburglar
Peter Project
M-KAPS
Mikeraphone
+ Special Guests

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Doors at 9 PM
Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta, Toronto)

Only $5
19+

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/208205992944467

November 13th, 2016

VIDEO: More Or Les – Cuppa

New video from More Or Les…

On “Cuppa”, the new video and first single off the full length album Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble, More Or Les happily shows off his pride in being thoughtful rather than non-sensical, multi-faceted instead of ultra-repetitive, and graceful instead of clunky with his style of intellectual indie Hip Hop over Pop Rap. Also on the beats and cuts, Les hits you with never-ending 808 bass, stuttering guitars and pounding drums. Add to that, whimsical visuals courtesy of indie Toronto film company Endless Films, and you have a flavour that is undeniably Les’ cuppa…tea!

Beats, rhymes and cuts by More Or Les

Video by Alex Galeote and Iain Robinson for Endless Films

Featuring Wordburglar, The Mighty Rhino, Human devotees of the Cybertronic Spree, Folks at the Silver Snail, artist Kagan McLeod, and Voltron, Defender of the Far Universe

Bandcamp Pre-order link: https://handsolorecords.bandcamp.com/album/blow-the-fuck-up-but-stay-humble

Release party event page (on November 19): https://www.facebook.com/events/208205992944467/

November 2nd, 2016

RapReviews reviews XF2: Reanimated

Once again Rap Reviews beats everyone to the punch with their review of Primordial Emcee’s new album, X-Faction 2: Reanimated.

“On the whole though I dig Primordial’s Toronto by way of Penny Arcade Expo flows, and while he’s not going to turn the genre of nerdcore on its ear, he’d be welcomed by its most staunch advocates while still finding some open minded listeners who don’t get all the references but would still enjoy the beats and flow.” – Steve ‘Flash’ Juon, Rap Reviews

Read the full review here:

Or here: http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2016_11_xfaction2.html

October 24th, 2016

HAN029 – More Or Les – Blow The Fuck Up But Stay Humble (2016)

Track Listing:

01. Pon Farr Dilithium feat. DJ Ollie Teeba
02. No Turning Back feat. Blueprint & The Mighty Rhino
03. Long Way To Go
04. Tequila (Dreamin’) feat. Stina Bomb
05. Dis(s)incorporate
06. Cuppa
07. Get Sex feat. Latté D. Kyd
08. Fake Accent
09. Staring Contest feat. Swamp Thing
10. That Look (interlude)
11. Hate Rap feat. Wordburglar
12. Man Up feat. Schäffer The Darklord
13. Don’t Use Rap to Pay Bills
14. Gratitude feat. Rena Valiunas
15. Despicable feat. Moka Only
16. Icarus feat. Swamp Thing, Rel McCoy, Wordburglar
17. Give A Shit (GAS)
18. Get Shot feat. Latté D. Kyd
19. Don’t Stop (bonus track)

All song lyrics written by More Or Les except where otherwise noted.
© ? 2016 Leslie Seaforth. (SOCAN)

All cuts by More Or Les except Track 1 by DJ Ollie Teeba.
All production by More Or Les except Track 2 by Fresh Kils; Tracks 3, 4, 12, 14 by Digs; Track 5 by Abstract Artform; Track 9, 16 by MisterE; Track 11 by Beatmason

Mixed by Ted “Measuring Man” Onyszczak
Mastered by Andy Krehm for Silverbirch Productions
Executive Producer: More Or Les
Associate Producer: Ted “Measuring Man” Onyszczak

Cover Art by Kagan McLeod - http://www.kaganmcleod.com
Art Design & Layout by Ghettosocks
Photos by Peter Project

Website Links:

More Or Les Hand’Solo Artist page
More Or Les Bandcamp
More Or Les Twitter

October 24th, 2016

HAN028 – Primordial Emcee – X-Faction 2: Reanimated (2016)

Track Listing:

01. Intro
02. Reanimated
03. Heroes For Hire ft Iron Wind & Chief 4syt
04. Take A Day Off ft Chief 4syt & Alexa Ourania
05. Comic Relief
06. Headlines ft Chief 4syt
07. The Perfect cRhyme
08. T-Dot Hip Hop ft royceBIRTH
09. Insidious Six ft Conspiracy, White Fang, Jesse Dangerously, Chief 4syt & Iron Wind
10. Masterminds ft Mindbender Supreme
11. X-Gene ft Alexa Ourania
12. Web Slingin ft Hazardous Material & Iron Wind
13. The Path of Prime
14. The End Is Nigh
15. Faction Prevail ft Iron Wind & Alexa Ourania

Intro produced by Prime
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 & 12 produced by Iron Wind Beatz
Tracks 6, 7, 9, 13, 14 & 15 produced by Chief 4syt
Track 11 produced by Double Dragon
Vinyl cuts by DJ Usdneedls
Vocal cuts by Iron Wind
Additional vocals by Alexa Ourania
Mixing by Iron Wind
Mastering by Dorc for Banging Masters
Graphic Design by Raging Tiger Graphics
Artwork by Iron Dead Studios

Website Links:

DJ SLAM! Facebook
Primordial Emcee Twitter
Faction Bandcamp

October 19th, 2016

La Soupe Du Son reviews Magnus Opus

Thanks to the crew at La Soupe Du Son for the terrific review of Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!’s sophomore album, Magnus Opus.

Google Translate says:

Read the review here: https://lasoupedeson.wordpress.com/tag/ultra-magnus-dj-slam-magnus-opus/

October 11th, 2016

RapReviews reviews Bassments of Badmen 3 – & likes it!

Looks like the first review is in for Bassments of Badmen 3, and that honour goes to Rap Reviews, giving the album 7/10 and really only criticizing Epic’s “Tourist Trap” (love it, personally!) and the daunting length. Although, regarding the latter, Flash writes:

“The problem is there are too many songs on it I wouldn’t want to cut … which is as remarkable an achievment for a two hour album as their two decades of existence.”

That was exactly my problem. Thus the two discs.

Read the full review here:

Or here: http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2016_10_badmen3.html

October 10th, 2016

Top Ten Favourite Hand’Solo releases in NOW Magazine

The lead-up to the 20th Anniversary celebration was insanely hectic and I’ve just realized I posted this info everywhere but where it really counts. So, without further ado, I’m excited to announce NOW Magazine‘s celebration of Hand’Solo’s 20th Anniversary was with a full page article in the print edition of the magazine in the same week as the party, and while it featured my top five favourite Hand’Solo releases, an online article published a few days before contained the full list.

Read the full list online: https://nowtoronto.com/music/toronto-hip-hop-label-handsolo-turns-20/