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Strangers (DJ Pack)

by Mickey O'Brien

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“Strangers” is the new single from Mickey O'Brien's debut full length, My Drift, released early in 2019 on Hand'Solo Records. Produced by Juno Award-winning MPC master Fresh Kils, who calls it “a filthy masterpiece”, the album is a blazing collection of working class, hip-hop poetry, and “Strangers” might be the most on-point expression of this. "I wrote this song at my absolute rock bottom,” says Mickey O’Brien. “It’s a real life account of my struggles with addiction and depression. Honestly and truthfully writing about my problems has given me the power and strength to overcome them one day at a time." “Strangers” show us that the modern struggle is very real, and is increasingly an inner one. O'Brien rips through bar after bar of introspective, raw, reality raps. He puts it all on the line, addressing his own inner demons, and creating light from the darkness. The video dramatically reflects the struggle with striking images of darkness, hard times, and perseverance. The video/single shot and directed by Daniel Jardine (Boom Shoal) is an artistic embodiment of the cry to take a closer look at the substance abuse, mental health and high depression rates in our modern age. Ultimately, it calls on us all to take the blinders off and stop ignoring the issues. And if you’re struggling, please talk to someone.

Official Video: youtu.be/CWyB_VVLxsk


released December 13, 2019

Written and performed by Mickey O’Brien
Produced and mixed by Fresh Kils
Cuts by Uncle Fester
Remix by DJ Matto
Additional vocals by Laura Willet



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Hand'Solo Records Toronto

Operating out of Toronto, Canada since 1996, Hand'Solo Records is devoted to releasing quality hip hop that is creative, clever and often experimental. Early releases, now out of print, include Buck 65, Sixtoo, Moka Only, and others. Currently home to Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, The Mighty Rhino, The Dirty Sample, Touch, Tachichi, Primordial Emcee, royceBIRTH, 51nine02, More Or Les and Backburner. ... more

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