Canadian hip-hop innovators Swollen Members kept it flowing in 2014 with the release of their 11th studio album Brand New Day. MCs Madchild and Prevail continue to spit fire over Rob the Viking's crisp productions, and the trio's adrenaline-filled live shows take songs like "Power" and "King of Diamonds" to new heights. Whether they're hyping up the crowd with deep cuts or leading sing-alongs on favorites like "Warrior", Swollen Members never fail to unleash on their must-see tours.
Swollen Members formed in Vancouver in 1992, originally consisting of vocalist Moka Only and rappers Madchild and Prevail. The group spent several years cutting their teeth competing in rap battles and releasing underground 12-inch singles before dropping their 1999 debut LP Balance. The album featured collaborations with Everlast, Dilated Peoples and was a hit with critics, earning the Juno Award for Best Rap Recording upon its 2001 re-release. Producer Rob the Viking joined the fray in 2002 for the release of Monsters in the Closet, which cracked the Canadian charts at No. 7 and went on to receive gold certification from the RIAA. A string of acclaimed albums followed throughout the '00s, resulting in extensive touring with acts like Kottonmouth Kings and Bills 'n' Eso. With the highly anticipated release of the band's 11th studio album Brand New Day in 2014,Swollen Members have ticket buyers eagerly awaiting their next tour.