Thrust (rapper)

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Birth nameChristopher France
Born (1976-07-08) July 8, 1976 (age 44)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter
Years active1996–present
Associated acts Rascalz, soulDecision, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Dave Mac

Christopher France (born July 8, 1976), better known by his stage name Thrust, is a Canadian rapper from Toronto, Ontario. He is most known for his appearance on the Rascalz' 1998 single "Northern Touch," which also features Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, and Checkmate. He was also featured on the pop band soulDecision's biggest hit "Faded". Thrust now teaches Artist Series at the Harris Institute in Toronto. [1]



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  1. Harris Institute
  2. Golding, Kori (September 11, 2001) "Thrust – The Chosen Are Few", Chart . Retrieved June 15, 2011