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Artist Bio: Chokeules

Chokeules ("choke-you-leez") is Toronto's worst kept secret. Best 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 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 last solo release, "Hypergraphia", charted for several months and reached #3 on Earshot's national music chart. His latest 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 he won the LMA for Hip Hop/Rap.

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 NXNE, Under Pressure in Montreal, and is a regular performer at "The $5 Rap Show"- one of the foremost live hip hop nights in Toronto.

"He's a veteran performer with a clear and confident flow...still amongst the best rappers rapping about rap in clever ways." - Exclaim Magazine

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