Veteran hip-hop artist focusing on family

Juno Award winner Prevail working with first-born nephew in new rap group, Alpha Omega.

Juno-award winning hip-hop artist Prevail performs at the Queen’s tonight with his newly formed group Alpha Omega. The group is a collaboration with his first-born nephew.

Juno-award winning hip-hop artist Prevail performs at the Queen’s tonight with his newly formed group Alpha Omega. The group is a collaboration with his first-born nephew.

For almost two decades Canadian hip-hop artist Prevail has carved out a legacy with his Juno-Award winning hip-hop group Swollen Members.

Lately, however, Prevail has begun to shift his attention to a  new hip-hop group, called Alpha Omega. The group is a collaboration with his first-born nephew, who goes by the stage name Neph.

“We’ve been having a blast making tunes,” Prevail told the News Bulletin.

Tonight (Nov. 20) Alpha Omega will be showcasing its sound at the Queen’s. The performance in the Harbour City is one of the final stops on a tour that has taken the group through Alberta and British Columbia.

“We love Nanaimo, obviously being an Island boy myself,” Prevail said. “We have an appreciation and a fondness for the Harbour City. I love playing the Queen’s. It has such an amazing vibe and it is pretty nostalgic for me.”

Alpha Omega’s first single Northern Lights pays tribute to the Canadian landscape.

The Victoria-raised artist said he has enjoyed being able to collaborate and act as a mentor to his nephew.

“It’s cool to have that creative dynamic as well. We knew going into it that we would have that vibe, but we’ve just meshed really amazingly on the creative and recording vibe,” Prevail said. “I think that I am trying to help him lay some roadwork and some templates so that he can expand upon himself as well.”

Prevail explained that Alpha Omega will have a slightly different sound than Swollen Members.

“It’s really high energy, but quite brooding at the same time,” Prevail said. “I am flipping some new styles and trying some new stuff.”

The newly formed hip-hop group is currently working towards the release of their first record, which is set to come out early next year.

“It’s an exciting time as far as the creative avenue goes,” Prevail said. “We’re starting to carve out a sound of our own, which is pretty unique in this day in age in underground hip-hop.”

On Oct. 31, Alpha Omega released their first single, Northern Passage, on YouTube.

“I try to mention a lot of the symbolism that we have, especially on the West Coast, with the Thunderbird and referencing certain parts of Canada that I think have historic and nostalgic value for a lot of us,” Prevail said. “That song, Northern Passage, is really an ode to Canada and a way for me to paint the landscape from coast to coast, but still be able to do it cryptically.”

While the Juno-award winning hip-hop artist has been focusing his time on Alpha Omega and other projects, such as running an online publication called, he explained he is still very much a part of Swollen Members.

“We’ve [Swollen Members] clawed back for the last three or four years to get ourselves back to a point of respectability,” Prevail said. “Not only in the industry side of things and our fan base, but really to ourselves as well to prove that we still have the focus and the work ethic.”

Alpha Omega performs alongside Kyprios from Sweatshop Union at the Queen’s at 7 p.m.

Please visit or follow @PrevailPrevail on Twitter.

arts@nanaimobulletin.comTwitter: @npescod


Just Posted

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Nanaimo RCMP had been asking for help locating a 43-year-old man whose family was ‘extremely worried.’ (Submitted photo)
UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP report man who had made ‘troubling’ comments has been found

43-year-old is receiving treatment he requires, say police

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

An event on the lawn of the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Tuesday to remember the 215 children whose remains were confirmed buried in unmarked graves outside a Kamloops residential school. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Canada’s racist systems cannot ever be forgiven

Teen letter writer from Nunavut calls for truth and reconciliation

Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to subscribe to the Chonolog environment photo-monitoring system, which allow residents to contribute photos of habitat restoration projects that are converted to time lapse sequences showing environmental changes. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Nanaimo residents invited to be citizen scientists by sharing habitat restoration photos

Nanaimo first city in Canada to sign up for Chronolog environment photo monitoring service

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps near Nanaimo

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

City of Nanaimo council has approved amendments for an animal control bylaw requested by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The bylaw includes language related to quail. (Wikipedia Commons photo)
Province asks for tweaks to Nanaimo’s animal responsibility bylaw

Ministry concerned bylaw wording could create municipal and provincial jurisdictional overlaps

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo hospital district seeks help from other districts for $1-billion project

Funding for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital patient tower discussed by committee

Stuffed toys, many with donations pinned to them, are piled in the Lions Pavilion at Maffeo Sutton Park at a vigil May 31 honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered outside a residential school in Kamloops. (News Bulletin file photo)
Thousands donated to child and family service agency following Nanaimo vigil

Toys and money donated to Kw’umut Lelum child and family services

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Most Read