Chokeules (“choke-you-leez”) is Toronto’s worst kept secret. Originally known for his time with veteran hip hop outfit Toolshed, the prolific emcee has exploded onto the scene since he relocated from London, ON. As both a solo artist and member of Swamp Thing and Backburner, Choke stays busy on stage and in the studio. His sound draws from countless influences, built on a foundation of golden era hip hop.
His first solo release, Hypergraphia, charted for months, reaching #3 on Earshot’s national music chart. His last group release with Backburner, Heatwave, hit #1 in it’s second week. Hypergraphia was also named one of the Top 10 Albums of The Year by the London Free Press. Chokeules has been nominated for several London Music Awards, Jack Richardson Awards, and in 2006 won the LMA for Hip Hop/Rap. His most recent projects with Swamp Thing (2012′s Creature Feature and 2013′s Firedogs) have been his most impressive efforts to date, and have helped reestablish a strong presence in the Canadian hip hop scene. With his new album, Stay Up, Chokeules is at the top of his game, delivering his own style of hardcore boom bap with an occasional sense of humour.
Touring extensively in Canada, and playing shows in the United States, Choke has performed with notable acts such as GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship), Devin The Dude, El Da Sensei (The Artifacts), Lootpack, Buck 65, Swollen Members, Busdriver, Awol One, Riddlore?, A.G. (Showbiz & A.G.), and more. Chokeules has been featured at SXSW, NXNE, CMW, ManifesTO, Under Pressure, and is a regular performer at The $5 Rap Show – one of the foremost live hip hop nights in Toronto. Most recently, Choke’s song “Feel Free” was featured on the soundtrack to the third Trailer Park Boys movie.
“[Choke]‘s a veteran performer with a clear and confident flow…still amongst the best rappers rapping about rap in clever ways.”
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