Friday, July 9, 2010

Swollen Members - Balance

1999 debut album from the Vancouver based hip-hop collective Swollen Members.
The group was founded in the mid-nineties between Mad Child, Prevail, and Moka Only, earning a following in Canada's hip hop scene and spurring the release of 'Balance'; the album included tracks with vets Aceyalone, Dilated Peoples, and Del - as well as future longtime producer/collaborator Rob the Viking.

Moka Only left the group (twice) to pursue his solo career, officially leaving as a permanent member in 2005.

I haven't come around to much of SM's newer material, and oddly enough I'm not huge on Moka Only's solo stuff, but in my opinion this debut is among the most consistent in hip-hop...
Also worth checking out their 2001 follow-up album 'Bad Dreams'.