'''Sweatshop Union''' are a Canadian Hip hop collective formed in 2000 when four politically-minded rap acts Dirty Circus, Creative Minds , Innocent Bystanders, and solo artist Kyprios came together "to create a powerful, distinctive voice", and to produce their first album, which was published in 2001. Known for an inventive and socially-conscious sound, Sweatshop Union's music focuses on being "honest", commenting on material ranging from the War in Iraq, the plight of the poor and working-class, to the negativity and misogyny of mainstream hip-hop.
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Sweatshop Union is a Canadian hip hop collective formed in 2000 in Vancouver, when four politically minded rap acts-Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole, Kyprios and Innocent Bystander -came together to produce their first album, which was published in 2001.
Known for an inventive and socially conscious sound, Sweatshop Union's music focuses on being "honest"-commenting on issues ranging from the war in Iraq, the plight of the poor and working-class, to the negativity and misogyny of mainstream hip-hop. Speaking for the group, Mos Eisley put it as:
The band signed with Battleaxe Records in 2002 and their self-titled debut album was re-released as Local 604. The group also began touring North America with a number of other rap and hip-hop artists, including their label-mates Swollen Members.
Current members of the group include Metty the DertMerchant, Mos Eisley, DJ Itchy Ron, Mr. Marmalade, Conscience, and Dusty Melodica. Like other hip-hop collectives such as the Wu-Tang Clan, the members of Sweatshop Union continue to work, perform and produce separately in addition to their work with the band. Pigeon Hole, Dirty Circus and Metty's side project Trillionaire$ each released albums in 2010. As of 2011, Kyprios has left the group to pursue his solo career.