February 18th, 2023

Rap Nest reviews Mickey O’Brien’s Shift Change (again)

The record is still great and this time around the track Hubris is really resonating with me.” – Thoughts From The Rap Nest

Much love to Chaps for his review of Mickey O’Brien’s Shift Change on vinyl after previously reviewing the CD…

February 17th, 2023

Review of Chadio’s Cousin of Lucy

Very cool to get this Japanese review of Chadio’s Cousin of Lucy and inclusion on their playlist for February…

February 16th, 2023

Weird Rap interview with Guy Albino

Check out this new episode of Weird Rap Podcast for an excellent interview with Devin Flynn as he talks about his early graffiti days, starting Shapeshifters, his time as Guy Albino of Hawd Gankstuh Rappuhs MCs Wid Ghatz, including his upcoming album on Hand’Solo Records, and his later music career and cartooning.

February 14th, 2023

Cousin of Lucy cassettes are here!

They just arrived in time for Valentine’s Day!

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February 13th, 2023

Mickey O’Brien live in Sudbury with Toronto’s Essex Boys

Upcoming live show at The Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury on March 3 with Mickey O’Brien, Toronto’s Essex Boys (Roshin and Noam) and local acts Johnny B, Max Moon, Buddha and Prophet.

February 10th, 2023

Chadio – Cousin of Lucy — Out Now!

It’s here! Just in time for Valentine’s Day! An album of mostly breakup songs to hit you in the feels, but (spoiler alert!) Chadio does find new love, which he expresses on a few songs on Cousin of Lucy. So it’s not all dark and depressing doom and gloom. It’s profoundly personal and also thoroughly universal.

Chadio had a bad breakup. We’ve all been there. And when it’s a long-term relationship that ends in cheating, it can be especially rough. How does one get over it? For Chadio, he channels the anger and grief into song. The result is Cousin of Lucy, a short album of breakup songs that serves as a spiritual successor to his No Wives Club (2021). Here he breaks down the break up, revealing the circumstances of the situation throughout but most of all on first single “Hear Me Out”, gets metaphorical with second single “Sweater Song” featuring Nolto, and gives voice to vengeful thoughts on opening song “Morning Breath Takers” and “At Peace”. But light shines through as Chadio looks forward to moving on with third single and album closer “Wrong Way”. Aside from the frantic, upbeat sound of that final song, the production from Aalo Guha and Pasquale is dark, sombre and often off-kilter. Chadio’s Cousin of Lucy is profoundly personal and also thoroughly universal. 

Written and performed by Chadio
Produced by Aalo Guha and Pasquale


February 9th, 2023

Tonight, too! Chadio interview with Chase March…

Tonight at 10pm ET Chadio will be interviewed by Chase March for Word is Bond Rap Radio on 94.9 fm Radio Western. Tune in here.

February 8th, 2023

Tonight! Chadio interview with DJ Kazzeo…

Tonight at 7pm PST / 10pm EST, Chadio will be speaking with DJ Kazzeo on his Wednesday Wreck radio show, the longest active running Hip Hop show in Central Cali and second longest on the West Coast. Listen in here.

February 8th, 2023

The Word is Bond reviews “Dirty Drops of Mud”

“Azrael wastes no time with the bars as he flows seamlessly over the eerie soundscape with a plethora of vivid imagery and wordplay.” – The Word Is Bond

New review of the single/video for “Dirty Drops of Mud” from AzraelRapsGood x The Dirty Sample…

February 7th, 2023

Sensational x The Dirty Sample – Shit Get Bonkers

New single from Sensational x The Dirty Sample…

For the third single from his collaboration album with Calgary producer The Dirty Sample, innovative Brooklyn MC Sensational lets you know exactly what to expect from him: “Shit Get Bonkers”. This track got bounce. A dark, downtempo beat dominated by boom bap drums, bass guitar, and a reversed strings effect provides the perfect backdrop for Sensational to talk that freaky shit in your ear with his distinct laidback swagger. The new single is one part old school, one part experimental, and 100% bonkers! What up, youngin’?

Written and performed by Sensational
Produced by The Dirty Sample