June 13th, 2024

Mickey O’Brien & Fresh Kils live at Soberpalooza

Fresh off his tour of Europe, Mickey O’Brien is joined by Fresh Kils in a bid to fight against addiction and mental health challenges in our community with a gig at Soberpalooza in Oshawa, ON, on Saturday, June 22. It’s an early show with doors at 3pm and the show starting at 3:30pm. Get your tickets here.

June 12th, 2024

Mickey O’Brien live in Halifax, NS (plus video shoot) on Friday

Mickey O’Brien is back in Canada after performing a few dates in Europe, and his first stop is Halifax for a live show and video shoot on Friday, June 14! The bill is stacked. You won’t want to miss this one!

June 11th, 2024

Rap Reviews reviews The Coalition

“I like the vibe here that Calgary based producer The Dirty Sample brought to T-Dot native Fortunato’s bars though, very reminiscent of The Alchemist in mood and tempo.” – Rap Reviews

It’s been a little while since we’ve received a review from Rap Reviews, but they’ve honoured us with a review of Fortunato x The Dirty Sample’s The Coalition, and it’s a doozy…

June 7th, 2024

Fortunato x The Dirty Sample drop The Coalition

The new album from Fortunato is here – a collaboration with The Dirty Sample on production. The Coalition is a dark, psychedelic trip into the grimy roots of underground hip hop.

The Coalition is a collaborative project between Toronto-born MC Fortunato and Calgary-based producer The Dirty Sample. Sharing a deep mutual admiration for the music of the other, the two finally joined forces a few years ago to work on this project. “I’m incredibly picky when it comes to beats” says Fortunato. “I listened to The Dirty Sample for years and every beat was so interesting and unique! I knew that I had to work with him.”

The album took shape over the last few years as beats and verses were exchanged between the two via email. The result is a dark, psychedelic trip into the grimy roots of underground hip hop. Both Fortunato and The Dirty Sample have lengthy music careers and their experience and passion for the culture shines through. Songs like “The Grime” and “Get It”, the first and third singles, are indicative of a bygone era where dark foreboding beats meet inspirational and introspective lyrics. The Coalition is a must for any listener who longs for the purity of hip hop as it was originally intended.

Written and performed by Fortunato, except “Will To Survive” by Fortunato and Ol’ Gorilla Bones
Produced by The Dirty Sample

June 3rd, 2024

Folded Waffle review of “Sad Rapper Jack”

“The result is a soundscape that perfectly complements the introspective lyrics delivered by Epic.” – Folded Waffle

New coverage of “Sad Rapper Jack”, the second single from Epic & Rob Crooks’s upcoming collab album, Nassau Manor…

June 2nd, 2024

Fortunato interview on Wednesday Wreck radio show

DJ Kazzeo did a short, fun interview with Fortunato about his upcoming album with The Dirty Sample for his Wednesday Wreck radio show. The interview happens about one hour in, but the whole show is a great mix of hip hop, including two tracks from Fortunato x The Dirty Sample’s The Coalition as well as Mickey O’Brien’s “The Medicine (Uncle Fester Remix)”.

Playlist:

DJ 3rd Rail feat. Napoleon Da Legend – Return Of The Sharpshooter
Senor Gigio & 1 A.M. feat. DJ Skeezo – Really Good
Dan E O – Mismatch
DJ Semi feat. Conway The Machine & Royce Da 5’9 – Juggernauts
Tristate – Money Train
OC From NC – New Edition
Brutal Caesar & Shyste – Nuthin’ Nice
Rob Gonzales & DJ Proof – For The Day
Lords Of Ale – Lie Awake
DJ Rhettmatic feat. Napoleon Da Legend & Nejma Nefertiti – Not Without A Heart
K Rec feat. Son Doobie & Kool Kim – Sunset
House Of Heron feat. King Tetrus – No More Games
Edo G & Tone Spliff – Achieve
The Co Op (Passport Gift & Parks, David Bars, & Rasheed Chappell) – Run
Asun Eastwood & Wizdom Bunitall feat. Bub Styles – Glow XL
Mickey O’Brien feat. DJ Versatile – The Medicine (Uncle Fester Remix)
Pyraminds feat. K Prez – Bring It Back
Nas & DJ Premier – Define My Name
Fortunato & The Dirty Sample – Get It
Fortunato & The Dirty Sample – The Coalition
OC From NC – Friend Or Foe Too
The Bad Seed – Ronnie Home
Edo G & Tone Spliff – Catch Up
Maticulous feat. Hus Kingpin – The Expanse
Dan E O – Vigilante
DJ 3rd Rail feat. El Da Sensei – Yes I Do
Courtney Bell feat. Conway The Machine – Word II
Ferris Vlusa & Machacha feat. Shottie – No Dessert
Emilio Rojas feat. Nick Grant & Jalen Santoy – Slidin’ On E
DNTE feat. Milano, Wyze Wonda, & Toneyboi – Bathtub Gin
Senica Da Misfit feat. DJ Grazzhoppa – Format

May 31st, 2024

“The Medicine (Uncle Fester Remix)” reviewed by Folded Waffle

“[T]his track is an invigorating dive into the soulful beats and lyrical mastery that defined an era while embracing contemporary twists.” – Folded Waffle

New coverage/review of Mickey O’Brien’s “The Medicine (Uncle Fester Remix)” by Folded Waffle…

May 28th, 2024

Epic & Rob Crooks introduce “Sad Rapper Jack”

The second single from Nassau Manor, the upcoming collab album between Epic and Rob Crooks, is “Sad Rapper Jack”.

Epic & Rob Crooks present “Sad Rapper Jack”, the second single from their forthcoming album, Nassau Manor, on Hand’Solo Records. Writing to the melancholy, ethereal beat by Rob Crooks, equal parts soulful and jazzy, Epic was thinking of a good friend of his that was sad all the time when he realized Jack was part of a much larger sad rapper movement. Were The Smiths to blame? Using Jack as a surrogate for this phenomenon, Epic delivers his message with a dry sense of humour and in his unique folk rap flow. “Sad Rapper Jack” was recorded at the Nassau Manor apartments in Winnipeg, MB in a closet padded with a cut-up used cubicle bought at a surplus sale. That’s a different kind of sad.

Written and performed by Epic
Produced by Rob Crooks

The video was filmed and edited by Rob Crooks, featuring Epic rapping around a wintery Edmonton, AB at landmark sites such as the West Edmonton Mall, the Starlite Room, and his own basement and backyard. Also includes cameos by local rappers Touch and Emprime.

May 27th, 2024

Buy Tickets now for Mickey O’Brien’s Atlantic Ancestral Tour

Mickey O’Brien is hitting up a few cities on both sides of the Atlantic in the first half of June. If you live in any of these cities, please give serious consideration to supporting a Canadian underground rapper’s dream and check out his show. Click on the corresponding date to get tickets for your city:

June 1 – Crowbar in Dublin, Ireland
June 3 – The American Bar in Belfast, Ireland
June 7 – Bongo Club in Edinburgh, Scotland
June 8 – Studio in Glasgow, Scotland
June 12 – Music Avenue in Paris, France
June 14 – Gus’s Pub in Halifax, NS, Canada
June 15 – Five and Dime in Saint John, NB, Canada

May 27th, 2024

Fortunato to compete in KOTD Freestyle Tourney

This weekend in Toronto, King of the Dot will be presenting Great North Battle 2024 with a series of battles. On Saturday, June 1, Fortunato will be taking part in the Freestyle Tourney at El Mocambo. And also at the same event, Fresh Kils and Memorex will be going head to head in a live beat production battle. Should be insane. Buy tickets here.