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|Birth name||Christopher France|
|Born||July 8, 1976|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|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.
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