Hip Club Groove
|Hip Club Groove|
|Origin||Truro, Nova Scotia|
|Genres||Canadian hip hop|
|Associated acts||Len, Buck 65, Sixtoo, Alcona, Aide-de-Camp|
|Past members||Derek "D-Rock" Mackenzie
Brian "DJ Moves" Higgins
Cory "Cheklove Shakil" Bowles
Hip Club Groove was a Canadian hip hop band, active in the 1990s. Originally from Truro, Nova Scotia and later based in Halifax, the band consisted of rappers Derek "MC" Mackenzie and Cory "Cheklove Shakil" Bowles, and DJ Brian "DJ Moves" Higgins.
The group's original lineup also included Sixtoo and Gordski, who both left the band before their full-length debut album but remained occasional collaborators. Another sometime collaborator was "Stinkin' Rich" Terfry, who later became better known as solo hip hop artist Buck 65.
The band released the EP Cool Beans in 1993 on No Records, before signing to Sloan's Murderecords for 1994's Trailer Park Hip Hop. They released their second and final album, Land of the Lost, on Funtrip Records in 1996.
Following the band's breakup, Higgins and Mackenzie went on to join Len as touring musicians and performed on a few tracks on Len's 1999 album You Can't Stop the Bum Rush, where Higgins retained the name DJ Moves but Mackenzie was known as D-Rock, while Bowles took an acting role in the television series Trailer Park Boys. After leaving Len, Mackenzie re-emerged in the band Alcona, and Bowles later returned to music with the band Aide-de-Camp. DJ Moves has released material as a solo artist.
The band released a compilation album, Unreleased & Rare, in 2010.
- Cool Beans (1993)
- Trailer Park Hip Hop (1994)
- Land of the Lost (1996)
- Unreleased & Rare (2010)
- "Hip Club Groove: Unreleased & Rare". Exclaim!, November 2010.
- "Sixtoo's Hip Journeys". chartattack.com, November 30, 2001.
- "Stinkin' Rich is in yer face: As rock `n' roll shuffles toward middle age, hip hop has grabbed the cool corner of the street". Halifax Daily News, April 30, 1995.
- "D-Rock Is Dead. Long Live Mackenzie." chartattack.com, December 19, 2001.
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