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Swollen Members
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresAlternative hip hop Horrorcore
Years active1992 (1992)–present
LabelsPCP Productions, Suburban Noize
Associated actsRock Steady Crew
Moka Only
Dilated Peoples
La Coka Nostra
MembersMadchild (1996-present)
Prevail (1992-present)
Rob The Viking (2002-present)
Past membersMoka Only (1992–1996, 2002–2005)
Easy Roc (1996–1998)
Zodak (1996–1999)

Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of 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 2001-2002: Second album and mainstream success
    • 1.3 2002-2003: Monsters in the Closet
    • 1.4 2003-2004: Heavy
    • 1.5 2005-2006: Black Magic
    • 1.6 2009-2010: Armed to the Teeth
    • 1.7 2011-2012: Dagger Mouth
    • 1.8 2013: Beautiful Death Machine
    • 1.9 2014: Brand New Day
    • 1.10 2015: KOTD Black Out 5
  • 2 Group members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
    • 3.2 Compilations
    • 3.3 Singles
  • 4 Guest appearances
    • 4.1 Music videos
  • 5 Awards and recognition
    • 5.1 Juno Awards
    • 5.2 MuchMusic Video Awards
    • 5.3 Western Canadian Music Awards
    • 5.4 Additional awards
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Foundation and single releases

Swollen Members was founded in the mid-90s 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 and Moka Only suggested Swollen Members as a joke and it stuck.

The group began testing the international hip-hop waters by releasing four 12-inch vinyl singles on Madchild's own indie label Battleaxe Records initially distributed by New York-based Fat Beats; the singles sold approximately 10,000 copies each.

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.[1]

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.

2003-2004: Heavy

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 "The Bottom Line" was featured in the videogames WWE Day of Reckoning and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw.

2005-2006: 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.[2]

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".[3] 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 King of the Dot 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.[4] The footage of the battle can be seen on the KOTD YouTube channel.[5]

Juno Awards

  • 2007 - Rap Recording of the Year (Black Magic)
  • 2003 - Rap Recording of the Year (Monsters In The Closet)
  • 2002 - Best Rap Recording (Bad Dreams)
  • 2001 - Best Rap Recording (Balance)

MuchMusic Video Awards

  • 2003 - MuchVIBE Best Rap Video ("Breathe" feat. Nelly Furtado and directed by Todd McFarlane)
  • 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)

Western Canadian Music Awards

  • 2011 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Dagger Mouth")
  • 2004 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Heavy")
  • 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)

Additional awards

  • 2003 - COCA Campus Entertainment Awards Entertainer of the Year
  • 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

See also

  • iconMusic of Canada portal
  • iconHip hop portal
  • Canadian hip hop
  • Music of Canada


  1. ^ "Swollen Members Clean Up At MuchMusic Awards" Billboard June 2002
  2. ^ Woo, Andrea. "Conversations: Swollen Members", "Exclaim!" November 2009.
  3. ^ "Swollen Members - Mr Impossible - Listen/Watch Now". MusicRemedy/. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ KOTD - #BLACKOUT5 - ANNOUNCEMENT #10. YouTube. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "KOTD - Rap Battle - Madchild vs Daylyt #Blackout5". Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Music Canada Certifications". Music Canada. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Swollen Members". Allmusic. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

External links

  • Swollen Members official homepage
  • Cream Magazine interview with Moka Only

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