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|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Labels||Battle Axe Records, Suburban Noize|
|Associated acts||Rock Steady Crew
La Coka Nostra
Rob The Viking (2002-present)
|Past members||Moka Only (1992–1996, 2002–2005)
Easy Roc (1996–1998)
Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Madchild 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 to 2005) along with the other former members Easy Roc & Zodak who were only in the group for a few years and producer Rob the Viking, an official group member since 2002. Swollen Members has released nine studio albums, one greatest hits album and 2 compilations, as well as numerous other singles.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Foundation and single releases
- 1.2 1999-2000: Debut album
- 1.3 2001-2002: Second album and mainstream success
- 1.4 2002-2003: Monsters in the Closet
- 1.5 2003-2004: Heavy
- 1.6 2005-2006: Solo career and Black Magic
- 1.7 2009-2010: Armed to the Teeth
- 1.8 2011-2012: Dagger Mouth
- 1.9 2013: Beautiful Death Machine
- 1.10 2014: Brand New Day
- 1.11 2015: KOTD Black Out 5
- 2 Group members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Guest appearances
- 5 Awards and recognition
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Foundation and single releases
Swollen Members was founded in 1992 by Vancouverites Madchild (Shane Bunting), Prevail (Kiley Hendriks), and Moka Only (Daniel Denton). Having begun a solo career while living in San Francisco, California, Madchild returned to Vancouver to work. There he met Prevail and Moka Only, who had been working together. They joined together. The group had to decide on a name so Madchild suggested Swollen Members as a joke and it stuck.
In 1996, Madchild and Prevail went to the B-Boy Summit in San Diego, California, where Madchild 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.
The group began testing the international hip-hop waters by releasing four 12-inch singles on Battleaxe, Records initially distributed by New York-based Fat Beats; the singles sold approximately 10,000 copies.
1999-2000: Debut album
In 1999, they released their debut album Balance. 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.
2001-2002: Second album and mainstream success
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.
2002-2003: Monsters in the Closet
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.
2005-2006: Solo career and Black Magic
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 Madchild 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 Madchild's affiliation with the Hell's Angels.
2009-2010: Armed to the Teeth
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.
2011-2012: Dagger Mouth
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.
2013: Beautiful Death Machine
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.
2014: Brand New Day
June 17, 2014 brought their 11th studio album Brand New Day to store shelves across the world.
2015: KOTD Black Out 5
In mid February 2015, Madchild was listed on the KOTD BO5 card against the battle rapper by the stage name of Daylyt. Footage of his trailer for this event can be found on the KOTD Entertainment channel on YouTube. The footage of the battle can be seen bootleg. The release of this battle on the KOTD channel is TBA.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|CAN||U.S.||U.S. Heat||U.S. Independent|
|Monsters In the Closet||
|Armed to the Teeth||
|Beautiful Death Machine||
|Brand New Day||
|2001||"Take It Back"||—||Bad Dreams|
|2002||"Bring It Home"||3|
|"Steppin Thru"||—||Monsters in the Closet|
|"Breath" (featuring Nelly Furtado)||—|
|"Fuel Injected (Remix)" (featuring Saukrates)||—|
|2006||"Black Magic" (featuring DJ Swamp)||—||Black Magic|
|"Too Hot" (featuring DJ Babu)||—|
|"Put Me On" (featuring Everlast and Moka Only)||—|
|2009||"Warrior" (featuring Tre Nyce and Young Kash)||94||Black Magic|
|"Bollywood Chick" (featuring Tech N9ne and Tre Nyce)||—|
|2010||"Pornstar" (featuring Tre Nyce)||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|CAN||U.S.||U.S. Heat||U.S. Independent|
|Greatest Hits: Ten Years of Turmoil||
|"S and M On the Rocks"||1999||N/A||Blazing the Crop|
|"Artillery"||2007||Infected Mushroom||Vicious Delicious|
|"Lost In the Music"||2012||Insane Clown Posse||Mike E. Clark's Extra Pop Emporium|
|"Falling Down"||2013||Twiztid||A New Nightmare|
|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|
|"Breath" (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|
|"Bring Me Down (Swollen Mix)" (feat. Saigon)||Mr. Invisible|
|"Do Or Die"|
|2013||"King of Diamonds"||D-Shot|
|"Fear" (feat. Snak The Ripper)||D-Shot|
|"Brand New Day"||Dale Resteghini|
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.
- "Swollen Members". Allmusic. Retrieved November 20, 2013.