May 4th, 2022

Make the Kessel run in style!

In celebration of May the 4th, we’re marking down our Han & Chewie Hand’Solo tee by 50% for one day only. Make the Kessel run in style, and for only $10 Canadian! It’s a deal so good even a stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder couldn’t turn it down!

Order here, and use code “maythe4th” at checkout.

And may the 4th be with you…

May 3rd, 2022

Shift Change Best of 2022 Honourable Mention

Shift Change is a strong album, with eclectic and stylish instrumentals complemented by a good blend of meaningful and fun lyrical content.” – Hip Hop Golden Age

Hip Hop Golden Age places Mickey O’Brien’s Shift Change on their Best of 2022 – Honourable Mentions list accompanied by a short review. Check it out…

May 1st, 2022 article on Mickey O’Brien recently spoke with Mickey O’Brien about his new album, Shift Change. Give it a read…

May 1st, 2022

Roadie Music Mag mini-review of Mickey O’Brien’s “Grace”

Got this great little review of Mickey O’Brien’s latest single, “Grace” from Roadie Music Mag… Here is the translated article:

April 27th, 2022

Sudbury Star’s 10 Questions with Mickey O’Brien

Thanks to The Sudbury Star for having Mickey O’Brien contribute to their 10 Questions section…

April 26th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien on tour with Emotionz in Victoria, BC

Mickey O’Brien will be playing a few dates with Emotionz on the west coast, including May 14 at The Smithie in Victoria, BC.

Additional dates on the tour:

May 6 in Vancouver @ Lana Lou’s
May 7 in Squamish @ The Goat
May 13 in Nanaimo @ Queens
May 14 in Victoria @ Smithie’s

April 25th, 2022

Mickey O’Brien – Grace (official video)

The video for Mickey O’Brien’s “Grace”, the fourth and final single from his album Shift Change, is out now…

“Grace”, the fourth and final single from Mickey O’Brien’s upcoming Shift Change album, is a melodic masterpiece with a genre-bending sound that pushes musical boundaries, as any good hip-hop song should. O’Brien belts out a common sense manifesto that breaks down the state of the world and his journey documenting it musically. ”Making art and being in the studio is our safe place from the chaos of the outside world,” according to O’Brien, “and it’s how we deal with all our problems, our saving grace.” The music is constructed by Juno-nominated producer and star MPC button-masher Fresh Kils, but also features further live instrumentation from many of O’Brien’s usual collaborators: Sarah Craig (keyboards, and additional vocals in the background and on the chorus), Zachary Clement (keyboards), Dany Laj (guitar and percussion) and Tommy Fyfe (harmonica). An epic slow jam that fits the format of Top 40 radio as much as a college radio hip hop show, “Grace” is a timely track that ultimately manifests the positive message we all need right now.

The video for “Grace” continues that positive vibe and musical documentation as it depicts a carefree day in the studio with O’Brien and some of his musical family cooking up the sounds at Fresh Kils’ studio, the Kiln, in downtown Toronto. Shot by Dan Jardine of Boom Shoal Enterprises, and fashioned to resemble a 1970s music documentary, it captures the creative process and true friendship of the artists, mirroring the message of the music.

Written and performed by Mickey O’Brien
Additional vocals by Sarah Craig
Produced by Fresh Kils

April 25th, 2022

RapReviews reviews Crowd Control by Primal Winds

“…I get a Company Flow feel…” –

Got a great 8/10 review of the latest and last album from Primal Winds from… Read below or head over to their website to read the review with audio samples.

April 25th, 2022

Chaps review of Mickey O’Brien’s Shift Change

“This is Mickey’s best album to date. I love that he connected with his working class roots and made real music about the working class struggle.” – Chaps

In the April 15 instalment of the Thoughts From the Rap Nest newsletter, Chaps selects Mickey O’Brien’s Shift Change as one of the two reviews for that date…

April 25th, 2022

Chaps review of Backburner’s Continuum

“You should buy both volumes of the record and the really dope four cassette release which feature the three album plus a bonus posse cut tape.” – Chaps

Chaps has an email newsletter called Thoughts From the Rap Nest that includes two album reviews per newsletter. For the April 7 issue, one of his selections to review is Backburner’s Continuum