Saturday, June 12, 2010

Be On The Look-Out: Artist of the Week- Philly Swain

Darin “Philly” Swain was born in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on
September 2nd, 1982. Swain remembers seeing rappers in the late 80’s looking and dressing like hustlers. Even though he knew being a hustler was off limits, rap wasn’t. At the age of six a promoter recognized swain as being very musically inclined & loved his swagger so much that he promoted his first show, and he’s been performing ever since. As a teenager, he was known for winning and being undefeated during his high school competitions, at the local YMCAs
where schools from all across the city attended. In the year 2000 Swain performed in shows with Da Brat, Master P, Trina, and Missy Elliot. In April of 2002, Swain signed with a local label named, Take Down Records, owned by the now infamous Alton "Ace Capone" Coles. Swain performed at the Spectrum along with Jay-Z, Lil-Mo, State Property, Dip set, Clipse, and Fabulous. Unfortunately due to legal issues, Swains album was postponed until his release. On Swains return from a three year term of incarceration he discovered that the label he was on had been federally indicted. This did not falter Swain who appeared on 106 and Park months after his return, where he became the first winner from Philadelphia. He also went 31-0 at The Fight Klub. Swain began a partnership with his producer and friend Sap the Beat Man (who was recently featured on as one of the hottest young producers). Swain also starred in a film project titled "Hustle Diaries"
displaying life in Take Down Records. Hustle Diaries was directed by Barry Michael Cooper, writer of New Jack City, Sugar Hill, and Above the Rim. Swain was featured in two songs (Me & Salute) on Jamie Knights Album The Secrets Out Released in the summer of 2007. In March of 2008 Swain was nominated Philly’s Hip-Hop Artist of the Year! November 2008 when his Grind Time battle premiered on it was viewed over 400,000 times in seven days, surpassing the views of BeyoncĂ©’s Single Ladies Video. In 2009 Swain also wrote and performed the opening song for the play “Why Do Black Men Cheat,” he also starred in a TV sitcom "The Swagger Family.” Swain is currently working on a new album Real vs. Fake release date to be announced.

Who The Hell Is Philly Swain Mixtape: