Choclair

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Toronto's Choclair is a rare species in his native Canada, as he's the only hip-hop artist from that country to sign a major-label recording contract. However, with that honor comes accountability, as his debut will be the definitive litmus test for the unproven marketability of Canadian hip-hop. With that responsibility in mind, Choclair spreads the wealth graciously, using his debut not only to display his own lyrical credentials, but to showcase the wealth of untapped talent our neighbors to the north have to offer. Possessing an undeniable presence and silky-smooth delivery, Choclair blisters the Saukrates-produced "Flagrant," but he's more incisive when matched with Kardinal Offishal on "Lets Ride" or with Guru on "Bare Witness." It's been over a decade since Canada has had a notable figure in the hip-hop industry (Maestro Fresh Wes), but Choclair's debut may open the door to a Canadian offensive.

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