What age where you when you decided to become an artist?
13, as a seventh grader. My mother worked and went to schoolfull time so I was with my grandparents a lot. In the afternoons I watched RapCity back when Joe Clair was the host. Videos like “Runnin” by Pharcydeand “Luchini” by Camp Lo were pivotal inshaping me into an emcee.
Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?
Production wise: DJPremier, Jus Blaze, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and LiL Jon. I think my productionstyle combines the sampling of a Jus Blaze with the looping of a Premier;Timbaland-esque sound building, Dre-like live instrumentation and a LiL John808 bassline for good measure. Artist wise Jay Z, Cassiy, Talib Kweli, Q-tipand Eminem. I think my rap style is a combination of the intellect andvocabulary of a Talib with the syntax and wordplay of an Eminem, all at thesame time coming with Cassidy worthy punchlines all wrapped in a smooth q tipdelivery and Jay Z street relatability. That’s a breakdown of Swade.
What are some of the things you’re working on right now?
A first project. From Complete Silence called FCS. Its called that because I make the beats,write the raps sing the hooks and even do some mixing, so essentiallyeverything comes from nothing. I want my fans to appreciate and respect that asa uniqueness to their music experience. Also I have “How U Feel” out as asingle.
What advice can you give other upcoming artists?
Never Quit. Find a fanbase of people that like your musicfor a specific and unique reason. Find your region or area that you feel likeyou represent and can comfortably call home. Produce a product and don’t settlefor low quality recordings of random songs. Dedicate yourself to a project thatrepresents you and your sound along with your area and a drop date for it. Thatdrop date is truly day one of your career.
How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?
Well I hope to be out of the hood in 18 months so hopefullyit will be changing soon but however since that time 15 or so years ago therehas been a lot more stress but at the same time great experiences and travel .Getting independent traction is hard even with good music.
Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
Yes I open up for major artists touring in my area. I have nothowever had my own concert yet.
Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that weshould be watching?
My whole team and anybody I produce for but really just thewhole Indiana region. It’s definitely our turn.