CHECKMATE and CONCISE are a hip-hop/rap duo hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Established officially in 2004, the duo consists of long time collaborators, and solo artists.
CHECKMATE is well known as one of the principle writers and performers in the Juno award winning hit single and video “Northern Touch”(Rascalz 2000), and his 2 full length titles “Welcome to the Game”(2001) and “Checkmate presents…Game Related”(2005).
CONCISE is well known as one of the principle composers of the hit single “Fuel Injected”(Swollen Members 2003), and his Juno nominated solo full-length “FAME”(2005).
The duo has toured extensively throughout Canada and the western United States, with acts such as Raekwon, Kardinal Offishal, Ludacris, Ciara, Three 6 Mafia, Rascalz, Lloyd Banks, 2 Live Crew and De La Soul to name a few. They have also collaborated with a wealth of talented artists including Royce 5’9 (Shady Records), Daz n Kurupt (Snoop Dogg), Sticky Fingaz (ONYX), Devin the Dude (Rap-A-Lot), Choclair, Swollen Members, and Reign (Brassmunk).
Checkmate & Concise’s new album “Love & War” is now available on Defenders Music. The new album contains special guest appearances by Royce Da 5’9, Evil Ebenezer PJ Jericho and production by Hazel.
iTunes: Love & War – Checkmate & Concise