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|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Labels||Battle Axe Records, Suburban Noize|
|Associated acts||Rock Steady Crew
La Coka Nostra
|Members||Mad Child (1996-present)
Rob The Viking (2002-present)
|Past members||Moka Only (1992-1996, 2002-2005)
Easy Roc (1996-1998)
Swollen Members is a 4-time Juno Award winning platinum-selling Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Mad Child and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only (who was actually a member of the group for a short period of time in the mid-1990s when the group was formed, and then again from 2002–2005) and producer Rob the Viking, an official group member since 2002. Swollen Members has released five studio albums, one greatest hits album and 2 compilations, as well as numerous other singles.
Swollen Members was founded in the mid-1990s by Vancouverites Mad Child (Shane Bunting), Prevail (Kiley Hendriks), and Moka Only (Daniel Denton). Having begun a solo career while living in San Francisco, California, Mad Child returned to Vancouver to work. There he met Prevail and Moka Only, who had been working together. They joined together under the name Swollen Members. Their name is a play on "Swollen Membranes", just like "Dilated Peoples" is a play on "Dilated Pupils".
In 1996, Mad Child and Prevail went to the B-Boy Summit in San Diego, California, where Mad Child won several rap battles and was initiated into the Rock Steady Crew. Swollen Members is one of only three rap groups affiliated with Rock Steady, Others include Dilated Peoples and The Arsonists.
Their first releases were three 12" singles on Mad Child's record label Battleaxe Records, between the years of 1996 and 1998, then came the debut album Balance in 1999. Balance received wide critical acclaim and has since sold over 41,000 copies in Canada. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Everlast, Divine Styler, and Dilated Peoples, the re-issued album received the 2001 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording.
Following Balance, Swollen Members recorded and released Bad Dreams, released on November 13, 2001, and featuring guests such as Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Son Doobie, Joey Chavez, and former member Moka Only. It appealed to both underground and mainstream audiences, reaching platinum status in Canada. The album earned Swollen Members their second Juno Award and four MuchMusic Video Awards including best rap video, best director and best independent video.
2002's Monsters in the Closet, their third release, brought official group membership for Moka Only and Rob The Viking to Swollen Members. Monsters in the Closet was a collection of B-sides and outtakes along with three new songs, "Breathe" which featured British Columbian pop singer, Nelly Furtado. Production credits include Evidence from Dilated Peoples.
In 2003, the band released Heavy. In the same year the songs "All Night" and "Deep End (Utah Saints Remix)" were featured in the videogame SSX3. In 2004, the Swollen Members song "Bottom Line" was featured in the videogames WWE Day of Reckoning and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw.
In 2005, Moka Only decided to break off from the group for a second time and continue work on his solo career. The following year, Swollen Members released their fifth full album, Black Magic. It is understood that Mad Child and Prevail made an attempt to return to their previously critically acclaimed style and method. Their previous album Heavy was unlisted on their official site discography. A single from the album, "Put Me On (feat. Everlast)", was released in August 2006. Later that year, Nettwerk Management dropped the group due to Mad Child's affiliation with the Hell's Angels.
Armed to the Teeth was released October 27, 2009 through Swollen's new label Suburban Noize Records. Featured artists on the album include La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne, Tre Nyce, and a return of Moka Only on the previously-released track, "Red Dragon". This release was followed by a North American tour with Australian Hip-Hop group Bliss 'n' Eso.
Swollen Members scheduled the release of a studio album, Dagger Mouth, for April 2011, under Suburban Noize. Its first single is "Mr. Impossible". The second single released off Dagger Mouth is "Bring Me Down" which features rapper Saigon. A compilation album titled Monsters 2 was released August 2, 2011.
On December 6, Swollen released a compilation of previously unreleased tracks from 1997, titled 1997 the rap group Dilated Peoples was featured on the track Canada 3000.
The song "High Road" was featured in the movie "One Big Trip". The song includes many audio clips from the movie. Mad Child's first verse mentions the movie directly "Just like this movie Big Trip, where five drive across the country as they journey through new realms, the helm of an adventure as they capture it on film."
On August 5 and 6, 2011, Mad Child participated in World Domination 2, an mc battle event thrown by King Of The DOT a battle league from Canada which featured mcs from all over the world. Mad Child battled Dirt Bag dan for 3 rounds a top mc from grind time west coast division. Mad Child won by a split decision.
On March 19, 2013, their tenth studio album, Beautiful Death Machine was released, and had debuted at number 3 on the Canadian Albums Chart, making it the group's highest charting album in Canada to date.
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|2002||Monsters in the Closet
|2009||Armed to the Teeth
|2013||Beautiful Death Machine||3||167||3||26|
- 2010: Greatest Hits: Ten Years of Turmoil
- 2009: Baseball Bat and Nails (Prevail solo EP)
- 2009: The Mad Child EP (Mad Child solo EP)
- 2011: Madchild - King Of Pain EP
- 2011: Madchild Banned in America EP
- 2011: MadChild of Swollen Members -M.A.D.E
- 2012: Spasefase EP (Prevail solo EP)
- 2012: Little Monster (Mad Child solo EP)
- 2012: Dope Sick (Mad Child solo LP)
- 2002 - "One Big Trip"
- 2007 - Vocal credits for "Artillery" on Israeli psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom's 2007 album release, Vicious Delicious
- 2012 - Vocal credits for "Lost In The Music" on horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse's 2012 remix album Mike E. Clark's Extra Pop Emporium inside the white version of The Mighty Death Pop!
|2000||"Lady Venom"||Trevor Cornish|
|2001||"Take It Back"||Wendy Morgan|
|"Deep End"||Jason Goldwatch|
|2002||"Bring It Home"||Wendy Morgan|
|"Fuel Injected"||Wendy Morgan|
|"Steppin Thru"||Wendy Morgan|
|"Breathe" (feat. Nelly Furtado)||Todd McFarlane|
|"Put Me On" (feat. Everlast)||Margaret Malandruccolo|
|2009||"Warrior" (feat. Young Kazh)||Chad Archibald & Philip Carrer|
|"Bollywood Chick" (feat. Tech N9ne)|
|2010||"Pornstar"||Chad Archibald & Philip Carrer|
|2011||"Mr. Impossible"||Mr. Invisible|
|2011||"Bring Me Down (Swollen Mix)" (feat. Saigon)||Mr. Invisible|
|2011||"Do Or Die"|
|2013||"King of Diamonds"||D-Shot|
Awards and recognition
- 2001 - Best Rap Recording (Balance)
- 2002 - Best Rap Recording (Bad Dreams)
- 2003 - Rap Recording of the Year (Monsters In The Closet)
- 2007 - Rap Recording of the Year (Black Magic)
MuchMusic Video Awards
- 2002 - MuchVIBE Best Rap Video ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan)
- 2002 - MuchMusic Best Director ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan)
- 2002 - MuchMusic VideoFACT Award ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan)
- 2002 - MuchMusic Best Independent Video ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan)
- 2003 - MuchVIBE Best Rap Video ("Breathe" feat. Nelly Furtado and directed by Todd McFarlane)
- 2002 - Canadian Radio Music Awards Breakthrough Artist ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only)
- 2002 - West Coast Music Awards Best Urban Release (Bad Dreams)
- 2002 - The Georgia Straight Readers Choice Best Urban Act
- 2003 - COCA Campus Entertainment Awards Entertainer of the Year
- 2003 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Monsters In The Closet")
- 2003 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Video ("Breathe" feat. Nelly Furtado)
- 2004 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Heavy")
- 2011 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Dagger Mouth")
- "Swollen Members Clean Up At MuchMusic Awards" Billboard June 2002
- Woo, Andrea. "Conversations: Swollen Members", "Exclaim!" November 2009.
- "Gold & Platinum Certification". Music Canada. Retrieved 2010-08-20.