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Ultra Magnus is a weirdo who grew up in an extremely isolated part of Canada, but thanks to the advent of the internet he discovered hip hop decades ago and obsessed over it. Part of the duo of Ultra Magnus & DJ Slam!, he has been touring Canada for the last few years. While based out of Toronto, Ultra Magnus lives like a homeless grifter, drifting from city to city performing his rhythmic bleating to the uninitiated. If you want to compare his style to somebody else, don’t. However, his primary influences are Ghostface Killah, Lightspeed Champion, and I-20, the tall guy from DTP with the super deep voice. Three albums in and Ultra Magnus is about four months away from becoming cynical because he’s old, washed up, and his albums never really blew up. “But I’m having a fantastic time,” he admits. “And in all seriousness, I’m very privileged to be able to do what I love and get paid for it sometimes. Rap music!”

Ultra Magnus likes to rap. His friend, the award-winning and multi-talented producer Fresh Kils, likes to make beats. And here they are now, doing both those things for you as best they can (and with additional production from Callum and Boogie Belgique, and raps from The Mighty Rhino), hoping you enjoy Ultra Magnus’s third album, Muziki Mzuri. The title translates from Swahili as “Good Music”, a simple enough title that summarizes the intent of the record. As the son of two immigrants—one from Kenya and the other from South Africa—Ultra Magnus often feels as if he exists in two spaces, Canada and Africa, but the two realities are slowly converging as rising racial tensions have the two realities mirroring each other more and more. And though his music is generally apolitical, the reality with which he’s faced has caused him to reflect on his roots and consider his family’s history. The songs vary in tone, but even though times are grim, you won’t find many tracks dripping in pathos. Ultra Magnus experienced great loss during the recording of Muziki Mzuri, but the album is less a morose recap of those events and more so a celebratory sendoff to those in his life that have passed on. Long-time listeners will get the in-jokes and self-referential nods to past albums scattered through Muziki Mzuri, but newcomers will find it accessible, too. After all, it is “good music.”

Hand’Solo Records Discography:


* Ultra Magnus – Muziki Mzuri