Idaho Mountain Express Article

Rapper Madchild to play at Whiskey Jacques’

Ketchum is the only American stop on his Canadian tour

Shane Bunting, the Canadian rapper who performs under the sobriquet Madchild, is coming to Whiskey Jacques’ nightclub in Ketchum on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The concert will be the only American stop on his Canadian tour to promote the release of his new solo album, “Silver Tongue Devil.” Madchild, who won numerous Juno Awards with his former band Swollen Members, will perform five songs from the solo album, which was released in July.

Madchild is a highly decorated rap artist who has won multiple Juno and MuchMusic Awards with the platinum hip-hop group Swollen Members, of which he is a founder. The group’s album “Balance” received the 2001 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording.

The Juno Awards recognize Canadian recording artists.

The group’s next album, “Bad Dreams,” won a second Juno Award and four MuchMusic Video awards, including Best Rap Video, Best Director and Best Independent Video.

Madchild, who has recently moved from Vancouver to L.A., said that he needed a fresh start after he recovered from an opiate addiction.

“I had always secretly wanted to do a solo album,” he said.

He added that the Swollen Members band members were “like family” and that he expected to get back together with them at some point to make another album and go on tour.

He said doing a solo album has been “refreshing, fun and exciting.”

“There’s no worries about what everyone else is thinking and doing,” he said. “Pre-2006, I could spend the whole day writing one verse. Now, I can write and record a whole song easily in a day.”

Madchild noted that the novelty of a solo album has garnered attention from the music industry.

“My solo thing was new, and it’s catching more momentum because it’s new,” he said.

He added that his stop at Whiskey’s is part of a 35-show Canadian tour, and said he typically performs 180 shows per year. After his Canadian tour, he will spend a month in Europe and then go to Australia.

“I enjoy touring very much. I love connecting with the fans, which I call my family,” he said.

Madchild said some of the other hip-hop bands he admires are Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief and Dilated Peoples. He called the rap master Eminem “the greatest lyricist of all time.”

He said he’s working on another solo album, which he plans to finish before coming to Idaho next week.

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