About Us


Defenders of the Faith are a hip-hop/rap duo hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Established officially in 2004, the duo consists of long time collaborators, and solo artists, CHECKMATE and CONCISE.

CHECKMATE is well known as one of the principle writers and performers in the Juno award winning hit single and video “Northern Touch”(Rascalz 2000), and his 2 full length titles “Welcome to the Game”(2001) and “Checkmate presents…Game Related”(2005).

CONCISE is well known as one of the principle composers of the hit single “Fuel Injected”(Swollen Members 2003), and his Juno nominated solo full-length “FAME”(2005).

As a group, Defenders of the Faith released their debut full-length album “African Kings” in 2008, aswell as two mixtapes “Pandemic”(2008), and “Power and Glory”(2009). These recent projects have all been released under Defendersmusic.ca, a label and website formed in 2007.

The duo has toured extensively throughout Canada and the western United States, with acts such as Raekwon, Kardinal Offishal, Ludacris, Ciara, Three 6 Mafia, Rascalz, Lloyd Banks, 2 Live Crew and De La Soul to name a few. They have also collaborated with a wealth of talented artists including Royce 5’9(shady records),Daz n Kurupt(snoop dogg), Sticky Fingaz(ONYX), Devin the Dude(rap-a-lot),Choclair, Swollen Members, and Reign(Brassmunk).

Scheduled for release May 2011 on www.defendersmusic.ca, will be the latest mixtape from Defenders of the Faith entitled “The G’s Next Door”. This project will also be released in association with D.J DOW JONES and “Shadyville D.J’s and features production by Grammy award winner Chin Injeti and guest appearances from Madchild(Swollen Members) and Bishop Lamont(Aftermath).

Both Checkmate and Concise have appeared in numerous videos, publications, and websites including Much Music, MTV Canada, CTV, CBC, The Georgia Straight, Peace Magazine, TSN, Toronto Star, FLOW f.m., BEAT 94.5 f.m., and hiphopcanada.com.

For music, videos, and any other information regarding Defenders of the Faith please visit us at www.defendersmusic.ca. or contact Mohammed at www.defendersmusic@hotmail.com.