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Sweatshop Union are heavyweights of North Western hip-hop, and have earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, they have changed the perception of what live hip-hop can achieve.
The group’s most ambitious record to date was the 2011 award winning Bill Murray EP, (Western Canadian Music Awards’ Hip Hop Album of the Year) and brought a whole new level to their steadily growing underground following. Building on this they are now in the lab and nearly completed recording their fifth full-length studio album called Leisure Gang, the first since critically acclaimed Water Street (2008).
Combined with the most festivals they’ve seen in a single year throughout all of North America in 2012, it’s obvious they are poised for another big year and further the progressive sound they’re known for.
Recently, URB Magazine featured them in their next top 100. They’re not alone in thinking that Sweatshop Union is a band worth keeping an eye on. Their consistently fresh and poignant music continues to become more relevant daily and the group shows no signs of slowing down.