Madchild’s “Dope Sick” solo debut available now [News]
Vancouver, BC – Dope Sick is described as the state one is in during the physical withdrawals from drugs; most commonly opiates. It’s also the name of the debut solo album from Madchild; a project describing a dark battle with OxyContin that would eventually cost the MC over $3 million in cash and assets. It had taken away all that he had worked so hard to earn during a successful run with his group Swollen Members between 1999 and 2006. However, for the past 23 months, Madchild has been sober, completely abandoned his need for OxyContin and put his career back on track — netting a Juno nomination with his Swollen Members bandmates for their critically acclaimed Daggermouth album. Over the summer, the group recorded their new album Beautiful Death Machine and have announced a November release date for the project. For the time being, the solo approach is the main focus. And rightfully so!
Today, August 28, marks the official release of Dope Sick to a huge amount of anticipation and acclaim. For someone who will be the first to admit that he’s not the savviest when it comes to computers, Madchild’s social media strength is highly evident. The legions of Battle Axe Warriors members have made their voice known and they’re certainly going to help drive first week numbers forward. If the impressive #DopeSick online campaign hasn’t been enough to get people’s attention, Madchild will certainly make people take notice with a 22-date tour across Canada with Tech N9ne, as previously reported.
I reached out to Madchild to find out how he was feeling just moments after the release: “I’m real stoked about Dope Sick coming out today! Feels like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel real proud of this record and feel confident our fans and supporters will not be disappointed. Here we go! Round 2!” [More]
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But beyond just the fact that one of Canada’s most successful rap artists is putting out another release, this Battle Axe/Suburban Noize project is already receiving positive reviews from online blogs and tastemakers alike. The video for “Monster,” featuring hipster-eating zombies, has registered just shy of 70,000 views in 3 days and the equally demonic “Devil’s Reject” has surpassed 165,000 views. “Judgement Day” featuring Sophia Danai has been a regular sound in the whip lately, as has the Phil the Agony-assisted “Fuck Madchild” leak. Overall, 17 quality records with guest appearances also including Dilated Peoples, Bishop Lamont, Toronto’s D-Sisive, Dutch Robinson, Matt Brevner and DJ Revolution. I highly recommend taking this in!