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Kyprios - TEDx Vancouver 2010 - West Vancouver, BC.jpg
Kyprios at TEDx Vancouver in 2010.
Background information
Birth name David Coles
Born North Vancouver, British Columbia
Origin Canada
Genres hip hop
Occupation(s) rapper
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Sweatshop Union

Kyprios is the stage name of David Coles, a Canadian hip hop musician.[1]


Formerly associated with the musical collective Sweatshop Union, he now records and performs exclusively as a solo artist. He appeared on all of Sweatshop Union's albums up to and including 2008's Water Street, as well as releasing two solo albums, Say Something in 2004 and 12:12 in 2009.

Say Something was nominated for the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2005 Juno Awards, and his song "Ignorance Is Beautiful" was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Music – Original Song at the 2005 Genie Awards.

In 2010, he was named the winner of CKPK-FM's Peak Performance Project, a contest for emerging musicians in Vancouver, winning over second-place finishers Said the Whale.[2] His prize in the contest was $100,500.[2]

After announcing his departure from Sweatshop Union in early 2011, he released two singles: "City Woman", which blends original lyrics with a re-recorded version of The Stampeders' hit "Sweet City Woman", and "How the West Was Won", a tribute to the Vancouver Canucks which he co-wrote with Rob the Viking of Swollen Members.[3] The Lap Dog EP was released in 2012.

On April 7, 2012, Kyprios was guest editor of the Vancouver Sun and contributed a livestream video.[4]

His most recent solo album, Midnight Sun, was released in 2014.


  • Say Something (2004)
  • 12:12 (2009)
  • The Lap Dog (2012)
  • Midnight Sun (2014)


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