Madchild and Prevail
So, we’re doing a 180 from the Neko Case posts, at least in terms of style. We’re going north, to Canada. To Vancouver. That’s the home of Swollen Members, who, aside from having a name that would send Beavis and Butt-head into a laughing conniption, are ready to drop their fifth LP, Black Magic, this summer. (“Uhhhh, you said ‘members,’ huh-huh, huh-huh.”)
At their core, Swollen Members are Madchild and Prevail, but the group extends to the extended Battle Axe Records family: Rob the Viking (producer/DJ) and Moka Only. And they’ve collaborated with some of the best: Hieroglyphics, Chali 2na, Dilated Peoples, DJ Babu.
Madchild and Prevail are the bad boys of hip-hop â€“ they drink, smoke, crowd surf and probably would steal your girlfriend if you’re not careful. They’re the guys your mom warned you about. You’d hate ’em if they didn’t rock it so hard.
Their raps can be haunting and cerebral (watch ’em get all Dungeons & Dragons on ya) or just straight-up party jams. From what I understand, they put on legendary live shows. Just check out their pics on MySpace.
Swollen Members | Black Magic
Swollen Members | Too Hot
From Monsters in the Closet … this is the jam:
Swollen Members | Steppin Thru