July 30th, 2020

New song from Mickey O’Brien

Mickey O’Brien dropped a new song this past weekend, a little earlier than planned. It’s a rare track not produced by his usual collaborator, Fresh Kils.

Check the song with psychedelic visuals…

July 28th, 2020

Rap Reviews reviews Nepotism

“This album isn’t meant for the masses, nor to move asses, but it’s meant for those who want artistic rap that doesn’t compromise on the beats or rhymes.” – Rap Reviews

Awesome to receive another review for Choke’s Nepotism. Rap Reviews is always tough but fair, so I always anxiously await their reviews. Another 8/10 review for Nepotism! Read the review below, or click through to their website to read the review with all corresponding sample songs…

July 27th, 2020

Hip Hop Golden Age reviews Nepotism

“Nepotism is a project that will satisfy the tastebuds of any real Hip Hop connoisseur.” – Hip Hop Golden Age

A new review for Choke’s Nepotism album included by Hip Hop Golden Age in their epically titled list of “9 Recently Released Hip Hop Albums You Shouldn’t Sleep On (June/July)”.

Read the review here or here or below:

July 27th, 2020

The Renegades cassettes have arrived!

They just arrived in the mail… The Renegades from Primal Winds, on limited edition cassette.

July 25th, 2020

New Chokeules interviews on Word Is Bond Rap Radio and Music From Planet Earth

Two new interviews with Chokelues dropped recently. Check them out….

On Word Is Bond Rap Radio, Chokeules talks his history in hip hop from his early days as a graffiti artist in London, ON, and as a member of Toolshed through to his new album, Nepotism, with producer cousin LRYBRDBTZ. The show opens with a half hour mix of Choke tunes, followed by a half hour interview, and the second hour is a dope selection of hip hop.

Listen here.

Big thanks to Brady on Music From Planet Earth for the interview with Chokeules. After a 20-minute mix of Choke tunes, the next 40 minutes flips between interview and music. Hear Choke discuss and compare the writing and recording process for his group work with Swamp Thing and his solo material, the evolution of his odd rap monicker, and how Nepotism happened…

Listen here.

July 25th, 2020

Scratched Vinyl reviews Nepotism

“[Nepotism]’s a hip hop album for those that really love the art form.” – Scratched Vinyl

Another excellent review for Choke’s new album, this one rated 8/10 by Scratched Vinyl. Read here or below:

July 20th, 2020

The Freeze interview with Mickey O’Brien

New interview with Mickey O’Brien by Brian Capitao for his podcast The Freeze, with Mickey discussing love and relationships, conspiracy theories, and hip hop. Check the article and podcast here:

July 18th, 2020

Scratched Vinyl reviews NO!

The Dirty Sample received some excellent reviews for NO! when he dropped the instrumental album a short while ago, but I’m embarrassed that I somehow missed what looks like it was the second review to go up online, a very fine 7/10 review from Scratched Vinyl.

July 17th, 2020

Geek Hard reviews Choke’s Nepotism

Nepotism is the album we both need and deserve in these trying times.”
Geek Hard

The first review for Choke’s Nepotism comes courtesy of Andrew at Geek Hard, and I think you’ll find it a rather fine review…

Click here or the above image to read the full review.

July 13th, 2020

Touch – Journey to the West new visual album!

Touch and T. Perk’s Journey To The West is a hip hop-infused allegory based on the original tales of Sun Wukong, The Monkey King, of 20th Century Chines lore. The score, provided by Thomas Adams (aka T. Perk) provides an Eastern-influenced soundscape sourced from cassettes of folks songs rescued from various traditional Chinese markets. Written by Randy Mark (aka Touch), an emcee born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Journey To The West is a story of finding true hip hop by fighting its many demons. Touch does battle with his selfishness, vengeance and greed through his journey of self-discovery, acceptance and inclusiveness, while learning to overcome his ego, all with the help of a monk-like DJ and cantankerous producer he befriends on his journey. 

The newly-released accompanying short film or visual album of Journey to the West was filmed, directed and edited by Touch, who shot it in the style of a play. While travelling throughout Alberta—the beautiful Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territories, through Jasper, Banff, Drumheller and the Okotoks, as well as Edmonton and Elk Island National Park—Touch, an all-powerful emcee, learns that there is more to hip hop than just rapping and making money. By the end of his journey, Touch learns that hip hop is an art with many elements that come together to form a dynamic and esteemed culture.