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Reverse Priorities- All This World (2001)
Reverse Priorities- Reverse Priorities (2003)
Slow DJ's w/ Charlie Tuna- Yellow Light District (2005)
Spokes- The Collide EP (2005)
Spokes- Driven (coming May 2006)


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The past decade has been marked with much growth and constant change in the world of hip hop. The recent commercial success of some of underground hip hop’s most dedicated and talented artists is driving a movement that is opening many people’s eyes to the genre’s infinite potential. To one BC born MC it almost seems as an alignment of the stars is fast approaching. For Spokes the past decade has been a time to hone his skills lyrically, musically, and professionally. His debut solo CD “Driven” is set to continue the trend of constant change when it drops in 2005, as the hip hop world has never heard anything like this.

Born and raised in the Greater Vancouver Area, Greg Labine (aka Spokes) has been transcending boundaries and transforming mindsets his whole life. While searching for his role in society as a disabled adolescent, he was forced to deal with such hardships as his parents’ divorce and his father’s crack-cocaine addiction. Born with a very rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, Spokes has found his disorder as both a cause of adversity and a source of inspiration. The one constant throughout his life has been a love for music of all types, a fact which is evident in the diversity of his own music. From Pink Floyd to Bob Marley to Outkast, his influences have helped him create his own brand of hip hop with a truly universal appeal.

After his parent’s divorce in 1994 Spokes was forced to move to a new neighborhood. It was here that he first met Lee Edmondson (Illucid), picked up a microphone, and started freestyling on a daily basis. Spokes’ unique style was pinned right away by his crew and all who heard him, as one of the freshest around. This style, driven by his struggles, was fast becoming his niche and his source for survival. In 1999 a group of four emcees, Spokes, Dlux, Illucid and JT 420, came together to form Reverse Priorities. Under the direction of prodigy producer JT (Jahranimo, Lil’ Precious, Zukie Joseph), Reverse has steadily built their name in the Vancouver hip hop scene with over 50 shows and the release of two full length albums, “All This World” in 2001 and their self titled LP in 2003. This has given Spokes the opportunity to share the stage with some of Canada’s hottest hip hop artists including Josh Martinez, Classified, Emotions, DL Incognito, Sweatshop Union, and Kyprios.

From his work with troubled youth to his co-hosting of 102.7 CFRO’s ‘Smooth out Sounds’ hip hop show, Spokes has always made a point of making his voice heard in the community. He is now ready to make it heard on a global scale. After nearly a decade of ripping up local open mics and freestyle battles, Spokes saw his solo career begin to take flight in 2004 with performances at some of the city’s hottest clubs and a year long feature on the Vancouver produced “Dreamers: The Documentary” (Intergalactic Media).

In 2005, Spokes’ track Freedom was featured on the “Yellow Light District Mixtape” produced by Slow DJ’s, and hosted by Charlie Tuna (Jurassic 5), and Opio (Hieroglyphics). He is now preparing to deliver what many have been craving. His debut solo CD “Driven” (due out in May 2006) is a hip hop journey through the mind of a modern poet. With production by JT 420, The Healing Project, and Baldy Loc (The Game, Freeway, Checkmate) and mixed by Danny Elmes (Sweatshop Union, Kyprios) “Driven” will keep you guessing with each new track. A tribute to strength, indeoendence, and humanity’s neverending quest, “Driven is a major benchmark in the career of a true artist.