Swollen Members is a Canadian hip hop group hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. The three band members have gathered a unique following in the hip hop world - Juno Award-worthy in their native Canada, but essentially underground internationally. This delicate balance has definitely impacted their unique style, giving them enough street cred to be critically well-received and enough of a mainstream sound to boost their sales.
Swollen Members was founded in the mid-1990s by Vancouverites Mad Child, Prevail and Moka Only. Having begun a solo career while living in San Francisco, California, Mad Child returned to Vancouver for some work. There he met Prevail and Moka Only, working as partners and making a name together on Canada's West coast hip hop community. The trio saw each other's abilities, thought they heard opportunity knocking, and joined together under the name Swollen Members. Soon after, however, Moka Only decided he wanted to pursue a solo career and left the group.