Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Artist: Thrust, Album: The Chosen Are Few, Song: I Didn't Know

Thrust is a rapper from Toronto that rose to prominence in the mid to late nineties.  He released his debut in 1996 and his second album, The Chosen Are Few, was released in 2001 with EMI.  His trademark is his old school flow with ridiculously thick beats.  It is a really good album with a number of strong tracks.  He also has Kardinal Offishall, Solitair, Da Grassroots and Frankie Ano collaborating as well.  Thrust came up around the same time as Kardinal, K-OS, The Rascalz, Choclair and Ghetto Concept.  He has a wealth of talent but never seemed to achieve the same mass success as some of the others mentioned.  Most Canadians might remember him from the Rascalz' song, Northern Touch.  That song won a Juno award.  Thrust was also nominated for Best New Solo Artist in 2002 as a result of this album but lost out that year to Hawksley Workman.  He's also toured with Public Enemy and the Fugees.  Thrust is still involved in music and recently released new material under the name, The Chosen Ones, with producer Salty Jackson.  It is another very good release that you can purchase at http://thechosenones1.bandcamp.com/.  The album, The Chosen Are Few, is not widely available.  At the time of this blog, there were copies on Ebay and Amazon trading between $5 and $50.  You can hear the song, I Didn't Know, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmNrOX6Z-Ek).  Thanks for reading and enjoy!