July 29th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien & Ultra Magnus in London, ON

Mickey O’Brien is finally hitting London, ON for a show with frequent touring partner Ultra Magnus on August 5 at Holy Diver, and they will be joined by Falcon2ow. It’s a free show, so all our Hand’Solo homies should be there. It’s going to be LIVE!

More info here.

July 29th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien opens for Jun, Young Stitch and Kryple

Tonight at The Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury, Mickey O’Brien is one of the local acts supporting Junk, Young Stitch and Kryple on their tour. It’s going to be a dope show, so if you’re in the Sudbury area, you’ll want to check this one out!

More info here.

July 17th, 2022

The Dirty Sample interview by DJ Kawon

Recently The Dirty Sample was interviewed by DJ Kawon on his show The Mixtape Show. It was a very excellent interview, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Watch the video here:

And you can listen to the full episode with additional music from T Wrex, P-Ro x CLOAQxDAGGER, The Bad Seed, Pete The Dark Truth, Mr. Ripley and more, here:

July 15th, 2022

Ultra Magnus highlighted in The Sudbury Star

When promoting the continuation of the Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury, local paper The Sudbury Star highlighted the event with a live performance photo of Ultra Magnus killing it…

July 10th, 2022

The Dirty Sample interview upcoming on The Mixtape Show

Tune in on Wednesday, July 13 for an interview with The Dirty Sample by DJ Kawon on The Mixtape Show.

July 9th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien – “Hubris” video

A new video and remix for “Hubris”, the fifth single from Shift Change

“If I talk about God my record won’t get played,” goes the opening and closing refrain of this spiritual ditty unlike most. On new single “Hubris”, the fifth from his new album Shift Change, Mickey O’Brien reveals his spiritual awakening and expresses his belief in, and worship of, God, but he also calls out those blasphemers who distort religion for selfish and self-serving reasons. Accompanying the bluesy album version with its live instrumentation is a new remix from original producer Fresh Kils, a sample-heavy boom bap beat with soulful male vocal replacing the jazzy hook of the original, while the cuts from DJ SLAM! remain a central focus. Both of these records talk about God and surely both should get played!

Written and performed by Mickey O’Brien
Produced and remixed by Fresh Kils
Cuts by DJ SLAM!

June 29th, 2022

Primal Winds NOT reunion on Boat Party!

On Thursday, June 30th (tomorrow night!) fans of Primal Winds will have a rare opportunity to see both District Prime and Iron Wind perform NOT reunited with solo performances on two different stages, Prime on the first floor, where you can also see frequent collaborator Warrzone do his thing, and Iron Wind will be performing on the second floor, perhaps alongside some of his new label mates at My City Records. No idea who any of the other performers are, but with three floors of live hip hop jams I’m sure it will be a fun night.

June 25th, 2022

Revenge Vol. 1 Instrumentals out now!

The instrumentals from the recently released Revenge Vol. 1 from Ol’ Gorilla Bones x The Dirty Sample are now available all on one handy album, including the instrumental for the vinyl-only bonus track “Blood Money”. Play it through your favourite streaming service or download a copy from Bandcamp for Pay What You Want.

June 17th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien opening for SNAP!

Mickey O’Brien has got the power! What a sweet gig opening for SNAP! on the Sudbury date of their tour on August 10… And if you need more reason to attend, it’s also a fundraiser for Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation and The Human League Association. Mickey O’Brien is for the children!

June 14th, 2022

Myka 9 tour with Mickey O’Brien and Ultra Magnus

In July, Mickey O’Brien and Ultra Magnus head out on tour with the Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, an underground rap legend! The tour begins on July 7 in Toronto with an intimate performance at THEBLK_SPACE. Get your tickets for that show here.