Sudbury rapper riffs on matters of the heart

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Local rapper and hard rock miner Mickey O’Brien is set to release his most personal EP, Twin Flame: The Honey Bear Saga, later this week.

Due out on Valentine’s Day, the six-song EP, which was produced by Fresh Kils, documents O’Brien’s attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend and soulmate.

Never content to do the same thing twice, O’Brien applies his straight-shooting demeanor to the concept of romantic love and the winding road that leads us there.

Get My Girl Back Day, one of the songs on the Twin Flame EP, marks a new era for O’Brien as he meditates on what it means to be in love in the modern age. It is an honest and open exploration of the challenges one must overcome on the twin flame soul journey to union, love and happiness.

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Last year the Sudbury-based rapper — known for his hard-hitting revolutionary rhymes, gritty stories of personal struggle, and his distinct rap style — released his debut album, My Drift, on Toronto’s Hand’Solo Records. That recording included Strangers, a powerful song about O’Brien’s struggle with substance abuse and his recovery.

To fully appreciate his new six-song EP, O’Brien recommends listening to it in full from beginning to end, as each song is inspired by a different stage of his journey to win back the love of his life.

Although Twin Flame: The Honey Bear Saga deals with matters of the heart, it also stays close to the rugged rap style established on My Drift.

Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils is once again along for the ride, providing passionate productions that transport the listener into O’Brien’s very personal, yet relatable, world.

The EP also features collaborations with a collection of talented artists, including scratch wizard Uncle Fester; sax player Anthony Rinaldi; Vancity rapper Attikus; acclaimed Sudbury-based jazz/pop singer Sarah Craig; and reggae-inspired singer Salvatori.

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