"On September 29 Hand’Solo Records celebrated 20 years as an indie rap label in Canada with a party at Lee’s Palace, and the release the next day of a brand new 40-song, 2-disc compilation with volume 3 of the label’s signature Bassments of Badmen series, the first volume in the series was also the inaugural release for the label in 1996. Bassments of Badmen 3 is like a big reunion, bringing together different eras of artists who have worked with the label over the previous two decades, and some of them even brought their friends along:
An early Hand’Solo collaborator, Moka Only continues to live up to his “Most Prolific” monicker, making a few appearances, including first single “Food Truck” and CD-only bonus track “I Mean to Me”. The second single is Eternia's “For This Life” featuring pHoenix Pagliacci, adding another great song to her much-too-short catalogue of music released since At Last with MoSS in 2010. Of course, the Backburner collective of Wordburglar, Swamp Thing, More Or Les, Fresh Kils, Ambition, Ghettosocks, Jesse Dangerously, Thesis Sahib, and others, appear in so many various formations that Burgie is prompted to rap “Should have called this one the Bassments of Backburner” on opening track “Burn It Down Again." And Hand’Solo Records is also happy to see the return of Hip Club Groove rappers Cheklove (last seen as Cory on Trailer Park Boys) and MacKenzie (last seen as D-Rock of one-hit wonders Len) with a pair of solo songs, the former fully solo on “The Clinic” while the latter joins with Montreal producer Recordface as 220.127.116.11.2. for “All I Know” featuring D-Sisive; and Hip Club producer/DJ Moves, the disbanded group’s most productive ex-member, teams with Fritz Tha Cat (of OK Cobra) for “Play Doubt” as well as his usual partner, Tachichi, for two tracks, “Tadow” and “Chico Fly”. Bassments of Badmen 3 also features music from Epic, Modulok (with HR of Bad Brains), Birdapres, Noah 23, Touch, The Dirty Sample, Alex Dimez, Conspiracy, and so many more."