Defenders of the Faith
    • Position:          MC
    • Genre:             RAP                                   
    • Rookie Year:   1998                                             

Checkmate began dropping bombs on the Canadian music industry in 1998 with the award-winning East-meets-West posse cut "Northern Touch". The Vancouver veteran went on to up the ante with the release of his debut album, Welcome to the Game, in 2001. As a founding member of rising West Coast rap duo Defenders of the Faith, Checkmate is widely hailed not only for his cool flow, but also for his production savvy.