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Birth nameKareem Blake
Also known asChox, Chiznock, Blake Savage
Born (1975-03-27) March 27, 1975 (age 49)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresCanadian hip hop
Years active1995–present
LabelsKnee Deep Records, Virgin Records, Priority Records, Greenhouse Music
WebsiteOfficial Website

Kareem Blake (born March 27, 1975), better known by his stage name Choclair, is a Canadian rapper. He was one of the most successful Canadian rappers in Canada in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Choclair has been nominated for six Juno Awards, winning four.[1]

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Blake, of Jamaican descent, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, in east Toronto. Starting at the age of 11, he followed in his older brother's footsteps, and decided to become a rapper. Blake attended St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, which is when he first started performing under the name "Choclair". In 1995, he released his debut single, "Twenty One Years", on his own independent label, Knee Deep Records. In 1997, he released the EP What It Takes, which was accompanied by a music video featuring Jully Black. What It Takes won the "Best Rap Recording" award at the 1997 Juno Awards.[1] By 1998, Choclair had released eleven records, including the first international releases for Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Solitair, Marvel, and Tara Chase from Toronto's music scene.

Choclair, with the Rascalz, contributed to the hip hop song "Northern Touch", which received two Juno Awards and a MuchMusic Video Award, and achieved lasting popularity among Canadian hip hop fans and has been labelled by critics as a "hiphop anthem".[2]

Choclair then expanded his team and joined Virgin Music Canada in July 1998. In 1999, he signed with Priority Records, and released his debut album Ice Cold, produced by Saukrates.[3][4] The album was certified gold in Canada (50,000 copies)[5][6] and spawned the hit single "Let's Ride", produced by Kardinal Offishall. Let's Ride reached #38 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart.[7]

Ice Cold won the Juno award for "Best Rap Recording" in 2000.[8] Later that year, "Let's Ride" won a SOCAN award and a MuchMusic award.[9] He was presented with a 2001 Urban Music award from SOCAN.[10] Also in 2001 he opened the Music Without Borders concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.[11]

On March 5, 2002, Choclair released his next album, Memoirs of Blake Savage, which included a lot of drug-related lyrics.[12] He released the single "Skunk" from that album, which featured Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound.

After parting ways with Virgin Music, Choclair started his own independent label Greenhouse Music in partnership with Sextant Records/EMI Music Canada. On June 17, 2003, he released the album Flagrant, which won a Juno Award as best rap recording in 2004.[13] He also released other Canadian hip hop albums in conjunction with Sextant Records and EMI. Greenhouse followed that with the release of My Demo, a collection of Choclair's early underground recordings.

In 2006, Choclair released the album, Flagship. He was also featured on Karl Wolf's single, "Desensitize".

In 2018, Choclair and other members of the team who recorded "Northern Touch" performed the song at the 2018 Juno Awards ceremony.[14] Also in 2018, Choclair joined Classified and Maestro Fresh-Wes on the "Canadian Classic Tour".[15]



  • Ice Cold (1999)
  • Memoirs of Blake Savage (2002)
  • Flagrant (2003)
  • My Demo (2003)
  • Flagship (2006)



  • "Twenty One Years"
  • "What It Takes"
  • "So I" (Frankenstein featuring Choclair)
  • "Internal Affairs"
  • "Flagrant"
  • "Let's Ride"
  • "Rubbin'"
  • "Light It Up"
  • "Skunk"
  • "Who Dat Is (Chiznock Pt. II)"
  • "Skyline"
  • "Tell 'Em"
  • "Desensitize" (Karl Wolf featuring Choclair)
  • "Weekend" (Karl Wolf featuring Choclair)
  • "Sunshine (These Are the Days)"
  • "The Essence"
  • "Made (Move Mountains)"
  • "T-Dot"
  • "Hurt Everybody" (with Classified)
  • "Good Vibes" (Count Klassy featuring Choclair)


  1. ^ a b "PAST NOMINEES + WINNERS". Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Why Northern Touch still matters: Twenty years later, the Canadian hip-hop anthem means more than just beats and rhymes". NOW Toronto, by Del F. Cowie, March 7, 2018
  3. ^ "Retrospective Reviews: Choclair’s ‘Ice Cold'". NOISEY, by Ian McBride, Oct 9 2014
  4. ^ "Choclair Ice Cold". AllMusic Review by Matt Conaway
  5. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Choclair". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  6. ^ "Retrospective Reviews: Choclair’s ‘Ice Cold'"[usurped]. Chart Attack, Review by Shawn Despres
  7. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  8. ^ "Alanis, BSB, Shania, Chantal Take Junos Home". MTV. Mar 13, 2000. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  9. ^ Chinta Puxley (Sep 22, 2000). "Matthew Good Band good enough to claim a pair of MuchMusic awards". The Hamilton Spectator.
  10. ^ "The Guess Who, Murray McLauchlan Win Big At SOCAN"[usurped]. Chart Attack, November 20, 2001
  11. ^ "LIVE: Music Without Borders"[usurped]. Chart Attack, October 22, 2001. Review by Paul Gangadeen
  12. ^ "CHOCLAIR Memoirs Of Blake Savage". NOW Magazine, by Tim Perlich, March 7, 2002
  13. ^ "CARAS Scores A Hit With 2004 Juno Awards" Archived 2016-08-15 at the Wayback Machine. Soul Shine. 2004-04-05
  14. ^ "'Look what my daddy did!': Northern Touch All-Stars on representing rap and fatherhood at the Junos". CBC News, March 28, 2018

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